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VW, Andretti Pairing for Beetle-based Rallycross Team

Using 560-hp Beetles team competing this season.

by on Feb.06, 2014

Volkwagen of America and Andretti Racing are pairing up to compete in rallycross with drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Andretti Sports Marketing are pairing up to enter a team, using VW Beetles, in the rallycross series. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will run two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.

The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch during the season to the fearsome GRC Beetle.

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This all-wheel-drive rallycross car is considered the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle and will feature more than 560 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine. (more…)

Ford Focus-ing on Racing at Chicago Auto Show

New Focus TrackSTer and Fiesta ST race cars to debut.

by on Feb.06, 2013

Ford is expanding its emphasis on racing its new ST models, including the Fiesta ST GRC shown here.

Ford will be Focus-ing on its racing program during the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. Quite literally, as it pulls the wraps off its Focus TrackSTer project car.

It’s one of three special track-ready versions of the popular compact “hot hatch” the maker is developing in partnership with gymkhana star Ken Block and the tuner firm fifteen52. The TrackSTer harkens back to some of Ford’s classic racing efforts while also showing off the capabilities of the Focus ST performance model.

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The Ford news conference will also reveal the maker’s new Fiesta ST GRC race car which the maker hopes will give it a leg up in the Global RallyCross Championship series. It’s all part of an effort to position Ford’s small cars as serious performance competitors to better-known European and Japanese models.

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