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7 February 2007

While VW is still sorting this project out at this time, what we do know is that this series will start in 2008 as an all MkV GTI Cup series that will likely piggy-back on top of too-be-announced racing series (ALMS, Speed Series, SCCA are all possibilities).

The cars themselves start life as body-in-white GTI’s off the assembly line and Volkswagen Motorsport handles the turnkey installation of rollcages, brake upgrades, suspension, locking front differential and more. Power is expected to be around 230-250hp when finalized.

We’ll have more details as we get closer to the 2008 series announcements…

VWoA Press Release:

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that it will operate a production- based GTI Cup spec racing series beginning in 2008, offering aspiring young racers an affordable entry into professional motorsports. The new series will be sanctioned by Sports Car Club of America.

“Volkswagen as an automotive manufacturer is represented around the globe, and we have a strong history in motorsports, including successful spec racing Cup programs in more than 10 countries,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “The GTI Cup in America will underscore Volkswagen’s competitive spirit and the inspiration we take from racing into the building of our vehicles.”

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While the GTI Cup racer will be optimized for track performance and safety, the heart of the GTI remains the street version’s high-tech, 200-horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine that produces 207 ft.-lbs. of torque. Fitted with its automated manual DSG® transmission, electro-mechanical power rack-and-pinion steering system, and advanced multi-link fully independent sports-tuned rear suspension, the production vehicle is an extremely capable car for the track.

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Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.


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