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Gallery - CUP BEETLE

In 1999, a total of 40 New Beetle vehicles were converted by VW Motorsport for Volkswagen's planned "New Beetle Cup". An original New Beetle body shell served as the basis, which was reinforced by the Heggemann company using a a safety cell.
This was done to push the marketing of the NEW BEETLE in Europe. Same already was successfully practiced with other models such as the POLO, Golf or the competition with the RENAULT R5 Cup.
They also liked to rely on well-known people such as the rapper "SMUDO" from the "The Fantastic Four" ... see pictures!

Number of cars here presumably includes the 1999 and 2000 BEETLE CUP !


  • 76 cars totally rebuilt for the racing series

  • The dimensions of the Cup vehicles (L × W × H) 4081 mm × 1804 mm × 1450 mm

  • Engine 6 cylinders, 4 valves with 2792 cc displacement

  • Power - 150 kW (204 hp) / torque 270 Nm

  • max. rpm 6800 / compression 10.75: 1

  • Motor management Bosch with motorsport software

  • Transmission: 6-speed sports transmission, straight teeth, front-wheel drive (... not like RSI)!

  • Fuel Tank - FT3 safety tank / unleaded Super Plus fuel

  • Clutch sintered metal disc / pressure plate series

  • Suspension: Bilstein H&R sports suspension, height adjustable, Uniball on the front axle

  • Wider OZ - racing rims - 9X18" - ET11 / tires: 235/625-18 (slick + rain)

  • Braking system

    • Front: Alcon 4-piston fixed caliper, internally ventilated multi-piece ATE Power Disc

    • Rear: standard floating caliper, Pagid racing brake pads, non-ventilated ATE Power Disc

    • ATE racing ABS

  • Safety devices:

    • Airbag, safety cell, full bucket seat, fire extinguishing system

    • 6-point safety belt, window net, side impact protection

  • Instrumentation: Motorsport instrument cluster (Magneti Marelli)   

  • Data recording

  • Pneumatic lifting system with four air pressure cylinders and non-return valve behind the passenger door

  •  ... and much more - just a real RACER!

Changes from 2002:
A measurement technique for precise engine data such as speed, temperatures and various pressures was introduced. The technology could also read driving data such as speed, G values and brake pressure.

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