A new Souped-up Volkswagen Beetle

The battle for the fastest-accelerating car is ferocious. Bugatti is currently in the lead with its Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with a 0-100 km/h time of 2.4 seconds, followed closely by Porsche with the 918 Spyder (2.5 sec), McLaren with the P1 (2.7 sec), Koenigsegg with its Agera R (2.7 sec) and Nissan’s GT-R (2.7 sec).

If we were to line up all these supercars on a drag strip for a 0-100 run, they would lose to Volkswagen’s latest creation, the Beetle GRC!

Granted, the world’s fastest VW is not road-legal, but this is still an impressive achievement. Built from the ground up to race in the Global Rallycross Championship and replace the Polos currently driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, the Beetle GRC is powered by a 1.6 liter turbocharged engine delivering an astonishing 544 HP. A six-speed sequential gearbox with short gears sends this power to limited slip fixed ratio front and rear differentials. With a weight under 1210 kg, the car goes from 0 to 100 in 2.1 seconds! To make sure it can withstand the jumps at the track, the suspension has 23 centimeters of travel.

This new Beetle will be unveiled during this weekend’s GRC race, before being driven by Foust and Speed in the coming events of the 2014 season.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

Test Drives2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: Not Winter-Ready?
Volkswagen has long been a champion of diesel technology in North America, often standing as the lone brand willing to import its turbocharged, oil-burning European passenger cars and offer them for sale in the U.S. and Canada. It was a certainty that the recently redesigned of the Volkswagen Beetle would …
MontrealVW Beetle R-Line Coupe: The New Turbo
The 2014 Beetle Turbo is renamed the R-Line and combines all the engine and suspension upgrades of the Beetle line-up including the long awaited independent rear suspension. The base R-Line comes with the more powerful 210-hp TSI® turbocharged engine and includes a host of features such as new 18-inch alloy …
ChicagoVolkswagen Beetle GRC With 560 HP
The German company will use the Chicago Auto Show to unveil a very special Beetle which will make its racing debut in a Rallycross competition in the U.S. Rallycross is a relatively short timed race that takes place on mixed terrain (land and asphalt). There are usually bumpy sections that …
NewsThe End Of Hyundai In Rallycross
This morning, in a surprise announcement, Rhys Millen Racing (which races in Rallycross with a pair of Hyundai Velosters) revealed that its Korean partner had just ended their support for the team. This decision comes as a surprise, as the series is getting more and more popular. Plus, their Velosters …
NewsThe VW Beetle Might Be On Its Way Out
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most iconic vehicles in history. Its silhouette is instantly recognizable, and you see them nearly everywhere on the planet. Its direct successor, the New Beetle, was launched in 1998, and received a very warm reception, taking advantage of the retro trends of the …
NewsHerbie Goes On Sale
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the world's most recognized vehicles. Its round shape, and the fact that it's been built for the better part of a century, contributed to its immense success. One of the most famous Beetles of them all is Herbie; the little Volkswagen starred in five …