2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC Rallycross review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 , 12:06:10 byDan

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Volkswagen Beetle GRC Rallycross

The Volkswagen Beetle is no ordinary vehicle. It is probably the most famous symbol of the Volkswagen brand, which, by the way appeared back in 1945, shook the world with its futuristic and unique look.  We are more than used to see VW Beetles running on the crowded streets of urban areas. But what would you say about a 544 horsepower Beetle? Well, it is possible, but on track.

The Volkswagen Beetle GRC Rallycross race car features a sequential 6-speed gearbox, a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system, and multi plate limited-slip differentials at the front and the rear. The GRC also receives a strut-type suspension system on all four corners, ZF dampers with 9.1 inches of travel and massive brakes with 14.0-inch vented discs at the front and 11.8-inch ones at the rear. The car gets a set of 17-inch racing alloy wheels wrapped in 240/640-R17 Yokohama competition rubbers. Weighting only 2,668 pounds and being able to generate 544 hp, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC can sprint the 0- 60 mph in … believe it or not… 2.1 seconds.

The Volkswagen Beetle GRC also features an aerodynamic package that contains wider wheel arches, a monster rear wing, a more aggressive looking front bumper, side skirts, and a rear diffuser. The vehicle is also distinguished by a restyled hood with vents for cooling the engine bay. And as all typical rally cars, the Beetle has a full roll cage, sport bucket seats, and racing harnesses. The vehicle will compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship this year and the lucky drivers will be Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.