Despite making its debut half-way through the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship, VW Motorsport’s Beetle GRC took Scott Speed to victory in the Driver’s title, and ensured second place in the Manufacturers title, just three points behind overall victors Ford.
A podium finish in the final race of the season in Las Vegas was sufficient to earn Speed the title at the wheel of the Volkswagen Beetle GRC. Speed followed a victory in the heats with a win in the semi-final, before taking third in the final. The points haul ensured the second place in the Manufacturer’s Championship for the team.
The Beetle became a force to be reckoned with in its first full GRC Season. The 560-hp, four-wheel drive Beetle, was sent into action by Volkswagen of America and developed in Germany by Volkswagen Motorsport, and was the car to beat in the second half of the season. In the hands of Speed and Foust, it made it onto the podium thirteen times this season, climbing onto the top step as winners on five occasions.
“Winning the title at the first attempt in the first full Red Bull Global Rallycross season with the Beetle is a fantastic success for Volkswagen,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito. “The Beetle showed what it was capable of, particularly in the second half of the season. It boasts an impressive record. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team and our technicians in Germany worked perfectly together. It is always a very close affair in Global Rallycross, and the races are fiercely-competitive. That makes us all the happier to have won the title. I would obviously also like to say a big thank you to our drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust. They have had a great season and pushed each other to outstanding performances. Congratulations, in particular, to Scott on his thoroughly deserved Driver title.”