Volkswagen to field Scirocco R-Cup for Race of Champions

Volkswagen brings bio natural gas power to Race of Champions The world's most eco-conscious one make cup car and the best names in motorsport: the bio natural gas powered racing car of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup will be fielded in the...

Volkswagen brings bio natural gas power to Race of Champions

The world's most eco-conscious one make cup car and the best names in motorsport: the bio natural gas powered racing car of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup will be fielded in the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf.

On 27 and 28 November 2010 Formula 1 heroes like Sebastian Vettel (Germany), motorcycle champions of the calibre of Mick Doohan (Australia) or Le Mans legends of the likes of Tom Kristensen (Denmark) will also engage in duels with the near 275-hp Cup-Scirocco. Their aim: to finish the shootout in the pandemonium of the Dusseldorf Football Arena as the best of the best.

For the first time in 21 years and since the first showdown in the "Mullenbachschleife" of the Nurburgring back in 1989 the Race of Champions will be staged in Germany again. The fielding of the Cup-Scirocco also marks the debut of a vehicle with an alternative drive concept. Thanks to the use of bio natural gas as fuel the two-litre engine emits 80 per cent less CO2 overall in the combined assessment of the race and logistics operations - compared with conventional racing petrol.

"The successful inaugural season of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup will be crowned at the Race of Champions," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "We're proud that the organisers of the Race of Champions have selected the racing version of the Scirocco as one of the cars to be fielded. It shows the prestige which the Scirocco R-Cup enjoys worldwide as an innovative and eco-conscious one make cup."

Who is who of motorsport: high-calibre field at the Race of Champions

The list of top-class drivers who have announced their participation in the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf reads like the "Hall of Fame" of international motorsport. Among others, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost (Formula 1), Sebastien Loeb (World Rally Championship), Mick Doohan (World Motorcycle Championship), Tom Kristensen (Le Mans 24 Hours), Andy Priaulx (World Touring Car Championship), Carl Edwards (NASCAR) and Travis Pastrana (Motocross) will run in the race. And the list of high-calibre racers keeps growing: even more entries by motorsport stars are expected to be received by the time of the event at the end of November.

80 less CO2: bio natural gas celebrates RoC debut

As an alternative drive system, bio natural gas has proven its viability in Volkswagen motorsport commitments in the Scirocco R-Cup and at the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. The use of pure bio natural gas reduces emissions of environmentally harmful carbon dioxide by one fifth. Bio natural gas is a purely natural product. It is made in Germany primarily from biogenous waste materials. At the Race of Champions in Dusseldorf the Cup-Scirocco will be the only vehicle in the field to use an alternative drive concept. In 2010 the Scirocco R-Cup celebrated its much-noted inaugural season in which new sporting concepts in the form of the Pro, Junior and Legends Cup and spectacular races using the push-to-pass system were realised.

-source: vw

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