Volkswagen recently celebrated the competition debut of its new 2015 Global RallyCross Beetle, which was in the hands of Andretti RallyCross drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed for the GRC double-header at the Port of Los Angeles on September 20th and 21st.
Foust won his opening heat in Los Angeles in the GRC Beetle, which VW says was the first time the car had been tested in the real world. The all-wheel-drive Beetle produces nearly 540 horsepower from its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, helping it accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
Tanner, who is battling for seventh-place in the GRC driver’s championship, along with Speed had both been campaigning VW Polo GRC cars until the Beetle was ready for competition. He recognized the difficulties that switching to an untested application halfway through the season would bring, but added he was excited to compete at the race in LA.
“It’s been a roller coaster season so far, but I am still very happy with the results, especially the win in New York, considering this is a new team and a new car,” said Foust. “Continuing the learning process, I will be piloting an even newer car with Volkswagen Andretti RallyCross in Los Angeles. I am very excited to compete with the new Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle at the Port of LA.”
Check out the video below to learn a thing or two about the GRC Beetle’s development and see it in action. You can also check it out on NBC when the GRC series heads to Seattle on September 27th for the second-last race of the season at DirtFish Rallyschool.