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Volkswagen's 560-hp Beetle GRC unleashed

Feb 7 2014, 12:41am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Volkswagen's 560-hp Beetle GRC unleashed

Volkswagen new Beetle is a bad bug. And it's bound to fly at the Red Bull Global Rallycross.

"Unleashed" is usually a term we use to describe the act of releasing something powerful. Volkswagen's Beetle isn't normally associated with racing, unless of course it's the fictional "Herbie" Beetle from Disney in the 1960s.

But at the Chicago Auto Show today, the popular German automaker introduced a beasty Beetle that churns 560-horsepower, via a turbocharged and direct-injected TSI engine. Called the Volkswagen Beetle GRC, this bad bug was launched in partnership with Andretti Autosport, a top racing team owned by Michael Andretti that will be joining the FIA Formula E Championship this year.

The Volkswagen Beetle GRC will hit the tracks at the Red Bull Global Rallycross.

The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) team has tapped celebrity drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed to drive the two cars. Volkswagen says that the all-wheel-drive racer can go up to 600 horsepower.

“The Red Bull Global Rallycross Series is the perfect form of motor sports for a youthful, exuberant, and growing brand in the U.S. market,” said Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We’re excited to partner with Andretti Autosport, one of the great names in American motor sports, and delighted that we will be running the iconic Beetle in the series.”

As expected, Tanner Foust will ride on the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle (seen above). Speed, on the other hand, will be sponsored by 7UP. 

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