AUBURN HILLS, Mich.- Volkswagen will bring the high-powered fun and excitement of its New Beetle Cup race to North America this summer beginning June 17 and 18 at the Air Canada Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada. A second special New Beetle Cup...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.- Volkswagen will bring the high-powered fun and excitement of its New Beetle Cup race to North America this summer beginning June 17 and 18 at the Air Canada Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada.
A second special New Beetle Cup race event will be held on September 30 at Atlanta's Road Atlanta Motorsport Center and will run in conjunction with the "Petit Le Mans," which is part of the American Le Mans Series.
Both New Beetle Cup races in Montreal and Atlanta will benefit a charity to be announced later this year.
The Montreal event, which includes two races, will mark the first time a New Beetle Cup race of any kind has been run outside of Europe. On Saturday, June 17, New Cup series racers will compete for championship points. On Sunday, racing legends and celebrities will drive the equally prepped 204-horsepower New Beetles in an all-star race for charity.
The list of drivers scheduled to appear in the all-star race includes Bill Adam, Jack Baldwin, Price Cobb, Hurley Haywood, Perry Kind, Lorenzo Lamas, Richard LaPorte, Scot Maxwell and Brian Redman. As race day approaches, other high-profile racing legends and celebrities are expected to add their names.
The Atlanta event- the first New Beetle Cup exhibition race to be held in the United States- will feature many of the same international driving legends, top automotive journalists and celebrities as Montreal.
Drivers will be navigating identical high-powered New Beetle race cars equipped with Volkswagen's 2.8 liter, 24-valve V6 engine. Based on Volkswagen's road car engines, this powerplant delivers an unusually high torque of 199 lb-ft and a superb power output of 204 hp. Additional equipment includes a 6-speed road version gearbox, 18-inch wheels and special racing brakes.
Security features include a driver airbag, roll cage, fire extinguisher and six-point safety harness.
Originating in Germany in 1999, the actual Volkswagen New Beetle Cup is held during the ten rounds of the German Super Touring Car Championship (STW). The Volkswagen New Beetle race cars are prepared and maintained centrally by Volkswagen Racing in Hanover, allowing drivers who can't establish and maintain their own teams to participate.
To be part of the New Beetle Cup, competitors must pay 100,000 Deutschmarks (plus VAT). In return, Volkswagen offers half a million Deutschmarks as prize money.