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Beetle Drive Picks Up Speed

Tue, 11 Feb 2014

DO you feel that your Beetle is a little slow? Volkswagen might have the answer, although you’ll need to take some brave pills if you want to take advantage of its latest offering.

As part of the German manufacturer’s plans to enter the motorsport scene in the U.S. this summer, the firm has unveiled a Rallycross Beetle featuring all-wheel-drive and an engine that delivers more than 560 horsepower.

Sadly you won’t be able to park this particular Beetle outside your house, as Volkswagen is partnering with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team.

Rallycross is the fastest growing form of motorsport in the U.S., attracting big crowds at venues across the country as well as live TV coverage. Cars are pitted against each other and the clock in a series of heats on a closed course that’s usually a mixture of dirt and tarmac, with jumps of 20 metres and more.

By Press Association reporters