Earlier in the year, while serious people were having a serious race at the Daytona International Speedway, some Frenchists were having fun with Beetle-shaped oddities down the road. Joining them were Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, no strangers to Beetle-shaped oddities.

VW Vortex was on hand to cover the fun , but given our inborn phobia of videographical equipment and our inability to handle any technology not directly linked to an internal combustion engine, we didn’t capture any video footage of the event.

Fortunately, Volkswagen of America can operate non-IC technology just as well as they can IC technology, so there’s now video footage of the event on YouTube.

Full coverage of the event can be in our archive , but for those who are unable to click any more than one link per fleeting interest, the following are the relevant details of the Beetle Fun Cup:

First started in Belgium, the Fun Cup combines all the best aspects of spec racing with all the best aspects of a Beetle. That is, it’s cheap, it’s fast enough, and as a result of not bankrupting you it’s also a boat load of fun.

The chassis are purpose built out of tubular steel and have a modern (but not too modern) 4-cylinder 1,800 cc VW engine that makes a whopping 130 hp. With a fiber glass body and not much more to lug around, that 130 hp only has 1,700 lbs to move, though, so the “Beetles” can boogie.


With a rule book designed to keep costs low and competition high, these Beetles are basically adult-sized go-karts. And the advantage of adult-sized go-karts is that they can run on adult-sized tracks, as these racers do.

The most famous race is at historic Spa Francorchamp in Belgium, but not long ago these racers started traveling the world to find some fun tracks. The racers aren’t missionaries, though. Rather they’re vacationing with a lot of luggage.

This year, they made their way to the Miami-Homestead Speedway.