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2015 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2015 Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Introduced for the 2013 racing season, the Polo R WRC is Volkswagen’s first WRC-spec factory car since the 1990 Golf Rallye G60. Based on the road-going Polo, the first-gen R WRC was built to second-generation World Rally Car regulations and powered by a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine. The Polo went on to win its maiden WRC season in 2013, putting an end to Citroen’s fantastic five-year run. In 2014, Volkswagen Motorsport shattered its competitors for the second time running, defending both its drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles. For 2015, the Germans are set to tackle the World Rally Championship with a revised iteration of the Polo R WRC, one that has "undergone intense further development, both on the inside and the outside," according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development.

In all, nearly three quarters of last year’s components were optimized, while the already traditional white livery has been replaced with a more complex blue-and-white paint scheme.

While the supermini received significant updates, the teams operating it remained unchanged for the 2015 season. The No. 1 car will be driven by two-time WRC champions Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, while the No. 2 Polo retains its Finnish crew consisting of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. The season debuts on January 22nd with the Monte Carlo Rally and comes to an end on November 15th with the Wales Rally. This year’s WRC includes 13 events in 13 countries and four continents.

Updated 07/31/2015: The guys over Motorvision put up a very interesting test drive: the new Polo R WRC was put face to face with Ski-Weltmeister Aksel Lund Svindal. Check the video out to see who wins this interesting race.

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2015 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

2015 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

After finishing second in the manufacturers championship, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross crew is gearing up for 2015 with two updated Beetles that boast more-powerful 2.0-liter engines, a 0-to-60 time of two seconds flat, and the potential to take the fight to the current reigning champs from Ford. Based on the third-generation Beetle, these cars debuted in the final races of 2014, and are slated to run a full season this year.

Behind the wheel will be Scott Speed, who saw victory three times last year, earning him an overall third place finish in the championship. Beyond rallycross, Speed has experience in Formula 1 (2006 and 2007) and NASCAR (2008 and 2013). Joining him will be Tanner Foust, who managed to clinch the championship title in 2011 and 2012, with a runner-up finish in 2013.

“We are very much looking forward to the start of the GRC season with the Beetle,” said Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director, in a press release. “The 2015 Beetle GRC has been further developed, based on all our experience we gained with the brand new Beetle last year. We are looking forward to a serious title challenge with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust in 2015 and we are sure that the Beetles will be real fan favorites again.”

The updates are all positive, and both drivers have huge experience, bringing the talent to wring every last bit of performance from these highly capable machines. But will it be enough to topple Ford?

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Rockstar Energy Drink / Nitto Tire

2015 Volkswagen Passat Rockstar Energy Drink / Nitto Tire

After a five-year break from drifting, Tanner Foust will return to the sport that jumpstarted his career, making his Formula D homecoming behind the wheel of this 2015 Passat. With a competition debut this weekend at the Long Beach Grand Prix, the four-door grocery-getter is extensively modified and purpose-built for sideways combat, including a conversion to RWD and a 900-horsepower V-8 transplant.

The two-time drift champion says he’s excited to be back in the smoke, especially with a car as insane as this particular VW: "One of the things I have always loved about drifting in the United States is how inventive you can get with the car builds. You can put a high-horsepower V-8 into a Volkswagen Passat to make something completely unique," Foust says in a press release. "You don’t see that in another series in the word."

The Passat, which Foust says was a similar build to his previous Scion drifter, is the latest from Tanner Foust Racing, also responsible for the RAUH-Welt Begriff Volkswagen Beetle that debuted at SEMA last year.

"At the heart of it, I’m an enthusiast," Foust said. "Having the chance to dream up something incredible and then work with a team to modify and build and make it real is incredibly rewarding."

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC

The Volkswagen New Beetle made its debut in 1998, following a long drought in America. Being based on the Golf, the New Beetle shared nearly nothing but its basic shape to the Beetle from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. In 2012, the Beetle obviously hit manhood, as VW dropped the "New" prefix and renamed it just "Beetle." This new, more masculine Beetle has slightly harder lined and a lower-slung roofline. Despite getting a little scruff on its face, few expected the newest Beetle to makes its way to race tracks, but that is exactly what is happening in 2014 with the Beetle GRC.

The well-known Tanner Foust and his colleague driver Scott Speed of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross started the 2014 season off in two modified Polo rally cars, but that all changes mid-season when they switch to the new GRC Volkswagen Beetle. The menacing little bug pushes some 500-plus horsepower to all four wheels via its turbocharged, direct-injected TSI engine.

Updated 09/18/2014: Volkswagen unveiled a new trailer video for the new Beetle GRC and also announced that the car will be racing at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend. Enjoy!

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Watch the new Volkswagen Polo WRC racer testing in Finnish forest

Watch the new Volkswagen Polo WRC racer testing in Finnish forest

With the development of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC car well under the way, an awesome video was released showcasing the car’s ability in a secluded Finnish forest, with racer Sebastien Ogier behind the wheel of this intense little rally car.

The Volkswagen Polo R WRC will enter the world-renowned rally series for the 2013 season, and the following video shows that VW has created what appears to be a true competitor for the World Rally championship. The launch of the car late last year has helped mark what could be a new generation of WRC racing.

Just a few years ago, major manufacturers, such as Subaru, were continually pulling out of the championship, but with VW prepping their new entry for the series, Skoda set to graduate into the WRC with its Super 2000 Fabia, and Hyundai suspected to reenter the series soon, the World Rally Championship’s future has never been so exciting.

As you may recall, the Polo R WRC features a 1.6-liter TSI engine delivering an impressive 300HP and an advanced four-wheel drive system. Tipping the scales at just 2,645 pounds, the Polo R is a true performance car and we wish Volkswagen all the best for its future WRC endeavors.

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2011 Volkswagen Golf24

2011 Volkswagen Golf24

Now that the 2011 installment of the legendary 24 Hours of Nurburgring is upon us, participating automakers are slowly coming out of the woodwork with the presentation of their endurance race cars.

For their part, Volkswagen has developed a high-powered race-spec version of one of its most popular models. Called the Golf24, Volkswagen’s entry to the 24 Hours of Nurburgring will be a four-wheel drive and will carry a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 440 horsepower and 398 lb/ft of torque mated to a sequential six-speed transmission with paddle shifters.

"With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the Nürburgring 24-hour race," said to Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.

"The event enjoys huge popularity, is one of the true classics in motorsport and, due to its extreme distance and unique race track, also represents a very big technical challenge."

There’s no doubt the Volkswagen Golf24 will have its hands full at the day-long endurance race this weekend, but if there’s a brand that can steal the show at Nurburgring, we wouldn’t bet against one of the biggest auto brands in the world. The fact that they have a car that poises a threat to its competitors makes them all that more dangerous come race time.

There’s another video of the Golf24 doing some test runs at the ’Ring after the jump.

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2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup

Last week we brought you news of the 2010 Race of Champions to be held at the Dusseldorf Football Arena this weekend. If you were still looking for a reason to get a ticket and check it out, here’s one more thanks to VW. The German manufacturer has confirmed their Scirocco R-Cup racer will be put through its paces by the world’s best drivers in head-to-head battle. It doesn’t get much better than that.

The entrance of the Scirocco R Cup car into the ROC is especially newsworthy simply because this will mark the first time a bio natural gas powered vehicle will make a run in the race. Bio natural gas is a 100% natural product created in Germany from biogenous waste materials and its use will reduce the vehicle’s CO2 emissions by 80%. The bio-CNG is a great way to power the Scirocco R Cup, but it would be nothing without pairing itself with the 2.0-liter four cylinder TSI engine to produce 275hp.

The 2010 Race of Champions will feature some of the most successful racers from around the world, but also some of the world’s most famous names: Sébastian Loeb (seven-time World Rally Championship winner and three-time Race of Champions ‘Champion of Champions’), Andy Priaulx (three time WTCC champion), Jason Plato (double British Touring Car Championship winner), Alain Prost (four-time Formula 1 world champion) and the German pairing of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher and the recently-crowned 2010 Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Volkswagen Race Touareg 3

2011 Volkswagen Race Touareg 3

With a crummy teaser photo displayed for us last month, now is the time to finally get to see the new Race Touareg 3! Following successes in the Dakar Rally in both 2009 and 2010, the Touareg 3 promises to be faster and more efficient than its successor. Its official debut will be made at the 2011 Dakar Rally.

The new Volkswagen Touareg 3 comes with a new carbon fiber and Kevlar bodywork that allows the Touareg to achieve maximum performance in any and all terrain the Rally may throw at it. The exterior of the rally car will also get a fresh look consisting of new LED lights, a new grille, window line, rear clamshell, and wheels.

Under the hood there is a revised twin-turbocharged 2.5-liter TDI engine mated to an upgraded five-speed sequential gearbox and a ZF-Sachs three-plate ceramic clutch. This combination produces 300 HP and 442 lbs ft of torque. The result is a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 117 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 CNG

2010 Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 CNG

Volkswagen will enter this year’s Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race with an improved version of the Scirocco GT24 CNG. There will be three Scirocco GT24 CNG entering the race during the weekend of May 12-16, 2010 and their improved state may help them do better than last year’s results of 40th and 49th place in the overall classification. We imagine they are more than hopeful in this year’s performance especially since they have boosted the cars involved from two to three.

All three cars are powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine powered by natural gas and delivering a total of 330 HP (an increase from 325 HP). The CO2 emissions has been reduced by 80%.

Compared to the 2009 model, the improved Scirocco features a larger braking system, two additional light units and a new active electro-hydraulic differential (just for one of the three cars).

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2009 Volkswagen Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck

2009 Volkswagen Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck

Even the Germans know the best was to go 100+ mph over rough desert terrain is with a big honkin’ truck. Volkswagen unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show the Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck that will run the 41st Baja 1000 desert race in the SCORE Trophy Truck class. The racer is powered by a 5.5 liter V-12 clean diesel engine that produces 550 hp and 625 lbs.-ft. of torque.

The Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck features a wheelbase of 125 inches, overall length of 213 inches, width of 92 inches, an overall height of 78 inches and weighs 5650 pounds. This is a specialty race car, with an entirely unique suspension set-up. VW did not just pluck a Touareg off the assembly line and put it to use at Baja. The dimensions for the Trophy Truck are 16 inches wider, 10 inches taller, and 26 inches longer (13 inches more in the wheelbase) than the standard Touareg 2 SUV.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta TSI

2008 Volkswagen Jetta TSI

Volkswagen’s latest track challenger, a supercharged and turbocharged Jetta saloon, was unveiled today (Thursday) in Britain. The Jetta TSI Sport made its debut at the Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham’s NEC, taking centre stage on the British Racing and Sports Car Club stand. The new machine will take to the track for the first time on Easter Monday (24 March) in the opening round of the Hankook-backed Volkswagen Racing Cup, at Oulton Park.

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2007 Volkswagen Beetle Jet-Powered

2007 Volkswagen Beetle Jet-Powered

What can you do with a GE Model T58-8F helicopter turboshaft engine, converted to jet? With Ron Patrick’s custom VW Beetle you can have lots and lots of dangerous fun exploiting all 1350 horsepower. This monster is powered by two engines (original up front, jet in back) and is perfectly street legal since you’re only using the gasoline powered engine in normal driving conditions. But if you’re feeling adventurous, fire up the jet engine - which spins up to 26,000 rpm/13,000 rpm idle - and watch the afterburner come to life.

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