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VW Launching Jetta TDI Diesel Race Series in US

Volkswagen of America, is launching the Jetta TDI Cup series at select racetracks in North America in 208. The series will be sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing Inc., and will appear at up to eight major racing venues.

The Jetta TDI Cup is designed to showcase the power and performance of VW’s new advanced diesel technology, available in the upcoming 2009 Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen. Up to 30 Jetta TDIs will compete.

The Jetta TDI Cup racecars will be optimized for track performance and safety. To focus on the skill of the young drivers and to ensure performance parity, proper maintenance and safety standards, all vehicles will be owned and maintained by Volkswagen. The heart of the Jetta TDI Cup racing vehicle will be the all-new, 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI diesel engine rated at 170 hp (127 kW) and nearly 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) of torque in racing trim.

The Jetta TDI race vehicles will be outfitted with a six-speed automatic DSG transmission, electro-mechanical power rack-and-pinion steering system, and advanced multi-link fully independent race-tuned suspension, driver airbag supplemental restraint system, and four-wheel ABS racing brakes.

The Jetta TDI Cup series will be certified as CarbonFree by Additional program details will be available at by mid-November 2007.



That's an interesting marketing method (and appeals to a different crowd than their Dieselution tour).

However, I hope this doesn't detract too much from the more important goals - bringing the TDIs back to the US quickly (it's now May instead of March 2008) and making enough to meet demand.

Brian P

I don't think 30 cars will have a significant effect on production ... but the extra visibility ought to have an effect on the demand. Audi has been playing up their side of it, now it's VW's turn.

Would you like some whine with your turbo?

I own a 2001 Jetta TDI. It's a high-speed highway-cruiser, not a sports-car or a racecar.

If I start climbing a hill and then decide to pass, it's a little lackluster. But, if I start out at the bottom of the hill going 80mph, it'll hold 80mph like the hill isn't even there. All of the gas-powered vehicles slow down and I just cruise on by like I'm coasting through a cornfield. :-)

I'd really like to watch this kind of racing, because it uses capable machinery, but it's not like the driver can just power his way to a win. It'll take finesse and planning as these folks go around the track, and it'll be fun to watch the pros take a corner.

P.S. I've owned and been driving the car in a spirited fashion for 6 months and have yet to squeal or really slide the tires while cornering -- I guess those years of driving sluggish Fords are still holding me back.


This should be cosponsored and fueled by bio-diesel manufactures. Maybe even a test bed for different feedstock sources; soy, waste, algae, etc. If the rules promote efficiency, this series would be relevant.

Jep Castelein

@ whine with turbo: a 2001 TDI has 90hp, the 2009 will have 170hp. The Euro-spec Golf GT diesel has the same engine and does 0-60 in 8 seconds and has a top speed of 135mph. The race version seems to have more torque than the stock model (300 instead of 258).

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