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I'l show you some pics of VW's used in European Rallycross, mindblowing tuned machinery...
we'll start at the 60's-70's: rallycross is born, and the VW Beetle is one of the quickest cars... and what is quickest then a VW-powered Beetle? yes, indeed, a Porsche Carrera-powered Beetle
The VW Beetle Carrera from Franz Wurz (A), 3 times European Champion (the father of F1-driver Alex Wurz)
The VW Beetle Carrera from Francois Monten (B)
In the 80's, a frenchmen then came on the idea, for mounting a turbocharger on a VW Beetle engine, and tuned it up to a 220 Bhp
VW Beetle Turbo of Jacques Aïta (F)
Nowadays FIA Off-Road President Andy Lasure (B), drove back in the 80's with this tiny Golf mk1 in the European Championship...
Halfway the 80's, also a 4x4 Golf mk1 was built by frenchmen Paul Chateaux, using parts from the Audi Quattro...
The swede Michael Nordström did the same, and built his VW beetle Turbo 4x4
The Golf Mk2's GTI 16S were tough contenders in the stock class, end of the 80's... which remarkable, because their competition consisted mainly of Ford Sierra RS500, BMW M3 E30, Saab 900 Turbo, Volvo 240 Turbo
Herbert Breiteneder at full speed (his Golf had a power to weight ratio of 210Bhp/860kgs)
Other mk2's were raced hard to, like this french Golf
Then in 1999, the introduced a 2WD 2litre GrN class... and between the 306's, Clio's, Civics, Xsaras and OPC's, there were some Golf Mk3 GTI 16v...
In 2001 Belgian Ronny Scheveneels became champion with one...
And a year later, he destroys the car (altough it was rebuilded in 3 weeks)
Then he moved on to the big guys in Division 1, building a VW Golf mk4 T20 4x4
His car was based on the 1.8 20v audi engine, producing 550Bhp (and an acceleration from 0 to 60mph in less then 2.5s). But, due to construction disadventages, he suffered lots of failures and he is building a VW Scirocco T20 4x4 this winter... i'll keep you updated...
Other Golf 4 Div1's were these:
Carl Daems / Pauwels Motorsport / Ron Snoeck: engine was based a 1.9 TDI-block, with the pump injectors replaced by spark plugs. Was a powerfull thing with +600Bhp and acceleration in less then 2 seconds, but it suffered reliability with those numbers... nowadays, in the hands of driver Ron Snoeck, it is much smoother set up.
Jochen Coox / Frank Eichelberg
This Golf was based on the Seat WRC-engine, and was built in Sweden
Also very quick: the VW Polo T16 4x4 from the German Helmut Wild