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The 350 BHP Beetle


With the announcement that the Festival is taking private entries, we thought it would be good to show the quality of the cars already booked in.

Here is a superfast Beetle to start the ball rolling.


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A very quick rundown of the car's specification.

Front suspension - Narrowed and lowered/adjustable Beetle beam, Porsche 996 brakes, modified hybrid Porsche/VW hubs

Rear suspension - Porsche 944, AVO coilovers, all mounted from the roll cage. Porsche Boxster brakes.

Wheels - Porsche 'teledials'; 6x15 fronts, 7x15 rears        

Transmission - Renault UN1 (from a Renault 21 Turbo) 5-speed transaxle, flipped diff, Porsche 930 driveshafts, Toyota MR2 shifter (theoretically geared to 175mph @ 5500rpm)

Engine - 1915cc water-cooled VW flat-four from a 1990s VW transporter. Lots of mods, but most notably it's got a Holset HX35 turbo with liquid-to-air charge cooler, and standalone Megasquirt ECU controlling the EFI and ignition. Golf GTi radiator. Currently makes over 350bhp.

Chassis/Rollcage - Rear of chassis removed and replaced with spaceframe/rollcage. Engine, transaxle and rear suspension mounted directly to cage. Cage is MSA certified for 10.00 seconds  

Interior - Custom Aluminium panels, Cobra seats, TRS Harnesses, Autometer gauges

Body - All steel, stock 1963 Beetle with Britax ragtop. Custom mix grey paint. Custom rear popout windows, one-piece electric front windows.

Its best 1/4 mile so far is 10.80 seconds @ 131mph, the paintwork, as you see it in these photos, is over 20 years old. The photos were taken in September 2019.


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Pictures by Retrobeutes


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Yorkshire Motorsport Festival

The Motorsport Festival for the Whole Family

26th - 28th June 2020

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