Volkswagen at Race Of Champions: Will Vettel get revenge?
Will the Formula One world champion strike back in the Scirocco R-Cup race car in 2011? After the premiere last year the bio natural gas coupe will again be fielded at the 2011 Race Of Champions: a good opportunity for Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel to get revenge in the 275-HP Scirocco for last year’s defeat against U.S. motocross star Travis Pastrana.
Besides Vettel and Pastrana the list of the top drivers who will meet at the Düsseldorf Football Arena on 3 and 4 December reads like the international motorsport hall of fame. In addition to Vettel, the new Volkswagen rally factory driver Sébastien Ogier, the Formula One world champions Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button, the eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and the DTM champions Timo Scheider, Martin Tomczyk and Mattias Ekström will be competing at the race, among others.
“We’re proud that the organisers of the Race Of Champions have again selected the Racing Scirocco as a car to be fielded at the event. This shows the prestige which the Scirocco R-Cup enjoys worldwide as a one-make cup,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.
Duel in the Scirocco: Vettel vs. motocross super star Travis Pastrana
However, in 2010, it was a Scirocco of all cars in which Formula One world champion Vettel had to accept one of his few defeats. In a direct duel, motocross star Travis Pastrana, not least thanks to clever use of the push-to-pass button that allowed each driver to activate an additional 50 HP for four seconds four times during the race, had achieved a surprise victory against Vettel. “The push-to-pass button is a brilliant idea. By using it I was able to beat Sebastian as late as on the finish straight,” said Pastrana last year as he expressed his enthusiasm about the power boost at his fingertips.
80 per cent less CO2: bio natural gas drive at Race Of Champions
Thanks to the use of bio natural gas the two-litre engine of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup reduces the overall carbon footprint, consisting of the fielding at the race and logistics, by 80 per cent – compared with conventional petrol fuels. At the Race Of Champions the Cup Scirocco is the only vehicle featuring an alternative drive concept. The Scirocco R-Cup (www.volkswagen-motorsport.com) is entering its third season in 2012, being held as part of the DTM programme. Spectacular races are guaranteed by the Pro, Junior and Legends Cup, and the innovative push-to-pass system.