Today, Volkswagen announced its plans for the new eco-friendly one-make series in Hockenheim. With the Polo Cup and Euro F3 Series finishing their final race of the season, it was great news to hold us over the winter.
Volkswagen has been pursuing CNG or compress natural gas for some time in its vehicles. The Scirocco itself, has already seen a fair deal of racing with the GT24-CNG and in the STCC (Swedish Touring Car Champs). Now it will have it own one-make series like we have with the Jetta TDI Cup capitalizing on VW’s clean efforts.
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Yet again Volkswagen proves that it is a trendsetter, organizing a one-make cup featuring Bio-CNG-powered vehicles starting in 2010.
With a CO2 reduction of up to 80 per cent Volkswagen demonstrates that major innovative strides are still possible in motorsport. Following the successful debut of the compressed natural gas-powered Scirocco GT24-CNG at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring, an entire one-make cup has now been designed to enable eco-friendly motorsport. The cup version of the Bio-CNG Scirocco fitted with a two-litre turbo engine delivers up to 199 kW (270 hp).
Member of the Volkswagen Executive Board for Technical Development Dr Ulrich Hackenberg is proud of the Bio-CNG Scirocco: “Our TSI engines in combination with our DSG gearbox technology stand for a symbiosis of sporty handling and economy. When, on top of that, a CO2 reduction of 80 per cent is achieved in combination with Bio-CNG, it is safe to say that this is the most eco-friendly one-make cup in the world. I had the chance myself to see how sporty such a car feels back at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. Bio-CNG now adds an exceptionally high CO2 reduction as another benefit, which opens up outstanding prospects for motorsport.”
From the road to the race track
That Volkswagen views CNG power not only as a niche product is also proved by the new CNG-powered models like Caddy and Passat. The Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI EcoFuel just recently managed a breakthrough result at the ADAC/ÖAMTC EcoTest. After being awarded 92 out of 100 possible points, it is the first car to be adorned with five stars. By achieving this score, it even relegated a hybrid electric vehicle to second place.
Car with sophisticated technology
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen looks forward to the new cup: “By clinching class victory at the Nürburgring we proved that CNG-powered vehicles not only deliver high fuel economy but also allow very sporty driving. That’s why we’re particularly proud about launching the world’s first one-make cup with CNG-powered vehicles next year.” The Scirocco will replace the successful Polo as the cup car after six years. It will be powered by a two-litre TSI engine with direct injection and turbo charger. The cup version of the Scirocco delivers up to 199 kW (270 hp). The six-speed DSG gearbox, which is operated by paddle shifters in the steering wheel, was chosen to transmit this power to the wheels. Like the production version, the Cup Scirocco has front-wheel drive.
The story continues
Next year, promotion of young talent will again be a top priority, but the talented youngsters will then be able to compete with five legends of the calibre of Hans-Joachim Stuck or Carlos Sainz at each of the races. These legends will come from Formula 1, the DTM, rally racing and Le Mans as well as TV and show business. As early as in 1976 Volkswagen fielded the Scirocco in the VW Junior Cup. The first winner, Manfred Winkelhock, is thus one of many talents who achieved major exploits in motorsport with Volkswagen. Drivers like Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet or Keke Rosberg in Formula V are part of this hall of fame, as are the former Formula 3 champions Bernd Schneider, Tom Kristensen or Michael Schumacher, who all won the title “powered by Volkswagen”.
– Volkswagen Motorsport