Making its racing debut in the Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) near the end of 2014, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC was a result of a collaboration between Volkswagen and IndyCar outfitters Andretti Autosport, and is based off of the third-generation Volkswagen Beetle. The Beetle GRC was intended as the successor to the previous Volkswagen Polo GRC, in order to be competitive, the 2015 Beetle GRC is powered by a 2 litre inline-4 engine capable of producing nearly 600 bhp, and was connected to a sequential six-speed that helps propel the Beetle from 0-60 in roughly 2 seconds. A wider bodykit was fitted to improve traction and stability on the track. Significant amount of weight was added to the 2015 Beetle in order to comply with the FIA requirements, making the car weigh 2,866 pounds (20 pounds less than the stock car), but the drivetrain was tweaked to help compensate for the extra mass.
The Beetle GRC saw success throughout its use from 2014-2019, winning 29 of the 52 races it entered, and claiming 60 podium finishes overall across Global Rallycross, Americas Rallycross, X Games, and Nitro Rallycross. Notable drivers includes Tanner Foust, who notably was the first driver to debut the Beetle in 2014 and won at the Daytona International Speedway in 2015, and Scott Speed, who used the Beetle GRC to win gold at the X Games in Austin, and both taking a spot at the podium numerous times.
2016 saw Foust and Speed winning 8 of the 11 races that year combined. 2017 and 2018 also saw huge success, with the Beetle setting a modern-day rallycross record of 10 consecutive wins aided by both drivers. Speed left the Wolkswagen Andretti squad to lead Subaru's efforts and was replaced by Cabot Bigham in 2019, seeing some success alongside with Foust. The Beetle's final appearance was at the 2020 GP Ice Race event in Austria, and has now since been retired.
Being one of the original vehicles in the base game, The Volkswagen Beetle GRC was originally the fastest rally car available, and was the fastest rally car purchasable with credits pre-Coachella Update. Post Coachella Update, the Beetle GRC is now a mid class-S rally car that requires 30 to unlock, and starts at a rank of 35. Oil changes take 3 hours and cost 200 for each change.
As the name suggests, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC is based directly off of the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship Car, and does not feature custom mechanical modifications outside of its real-life variant. Unlike the other Volkswagen rally car, the Volkswagen Polo R, the Beetle GRC does not feature any decals based from real-life liveries.
In terms of its class, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC is an average rally car, capable of beating the Subaru WRX STI GRC, rivaling the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in terms of pace, but lags behind the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, Porsche 911 SC, and Ford Fiesta ST GRC. Like the WRX STI GRC, The Beetle GRC has sluggish acceleration and a below average drift radius, unlike the STI GRC however, the Beetle's top speed is very high, being the highest in class when comparing to other rally cars at Level 50, and has quirky handling characteristics that can help or hamper the Beetle's performance on the track. Drift-boosting, while better than the STI GRC, is still very lackluster, especially when comparing it to the better performing rally cars in the game, and ultimately is the Achilles heel that causes the Beetle GRC to be a below average rally car overall.
Being a Class-S car, the Beetle can be upgraded to Level 50 without the use of rank up tools, due to the very poor acceleration at lower ranks, and the better options present at lower ranks, the Beetle GRC is better off being at max rank. The all-in top speed is quite high even when considering rally cars outside of Class-S, and initiating drifts is easy to do. However, the Beetle has a weird tendency to bounce off of jumps more than the other rally cars, as if the suspension was extremely springy. This quirk can interfere with driving as it is enough to throw off the driver's positioning around a corner. As mentioned before, the handling and acceleration being poor means that speed around harsh corners will be low, and acceleration exiting these corners will also be low. This is quite detrimental as despite having such high top speed, the Beetle can be outpaced by the Lancer on tracks such as Racing Blast due to the Lancer being able to exit the corners with high speeds.
When comparing with rally-cars outside of Class-S, the Beetle is obsolete, cars such as the Ford Focus RS, Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross, and Mini All4Racing X-Raid are better in pretty much every single aspect by a significant margin, making them 3 or more seconds faster on most tracks. The Beetle is not a good choice for multiplayer, as the acceleration can actually make it vulnerable to knockdowns by monster trucks, and will still suffer from overall pace on the majority of tracks.
Speed Modifier Approximation
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When comparing other rally cars, the speed modifier is average for the archetype. Due to the combination of the average modifier, and the other class-S rally cars tending to have a poor speed modifier, the Beetle GRC has very good top speeds in the class. The all-in nitro top speed is comparable to rally cars outside class-S, which can make utilizing the all-in nitro technique worthwhile despite the poor acceleration. Extra Tank is not a very good choice with rally cars in general since all-in nitro is much more difficult to maintain, and the long nitro speeds are not enough to make rally cars faster than the all-in technique. Nitro Recharger on the other hand, can help refill nitro extremely quickly, allowing faster times. Regardless of the top speed, the Beetle is still hampered by its other stats, and is uncompetitive. The best maps are straight line oriented tracks that do not have much rough terrain such as Through The Avalanche and Off-Piste Race, and even then will still be behind the likes of trucks, better rally cars, and top tier muscle cars such as the Gharial.
In terms of time-limited events, the Beetle isn't completely useless, but remains being an obsolete choice in its championship due to there being much better options. The championship itself does not appear after the player claims the decal featured in the event so it can only be used once there before never being available outside of solo challenges. The Beetle does however offer an exclusive box, and is rewarded in warm-up events, which makes it an easier car to unlock than other class-S cars.
Overall, the Beetle GRC, while easier to unlock than others, doesn't really have much use in events and multiplayer, and is only really worth upgrading if the player struggles to compete certain career events that require the Beetle to be used.
|Volkswagen Beetle GRC Blueprint – Last checked: May 23, 2021|
Rarity: Class S
Vehicle: Volkswagen Beetle GRC (30 to build, 96 to upgrade, 1 to overclock)
Availability: Boxes, Test Drive, Championship Warm-Up, Black Market
- Race 298 (Class S, levels 47–50)
- Recommended level: 50
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