I did a post on the Scirocco before, that one was from SIKU. These R-Cup Sciroccos you can get at your local VW dealer. And VW had these produced by Spark. But what is the R-Cup to begin with?
The Scirocco R-Cup was a one-car racing series. And according to VW it was “the most eco-friendly racing car in the world”. It was powered by that 1984cc TSI engine we know from the GTI. But it wasn’t using normal fuel: it was powered by CNG, “compressed natural gas”. This way they reduced CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent in comparison to conventional fuels.
This do-gooder still was capable of putting out a full 235 hp and a neat 275 Nm of torque. With a weight of 1200kgs still not a lightweight but it took the car from 0-60 in just over 6 seconds and it had a top-speed of 136 mph (220km/h). There was a push-to-pass button that could pump the power to 275hp for a few seconds to get some overtake action for the crowd.
Certainly not values impressing guys like Lewis Hamilton or Henri Pescarolo but the cup was meant as a real starting class for younger drivers. It wasn’t the first time VW had a series like this, the first time they did this was with the first gen Scirocco in 1976, back then it was called the VW Junior Cup. It took VW just 34 years to come up with this resurrection.
And they continued this series for 5 years. Always taking place in DTM weekends as a warm-up for the real event. But let us stop talking about the series, we want to see it hoon that track!
I really love these 1/43 Sparks. Just the tow-hook on the front of the orange one seems kaputt. Probably because the CNG-installation failed or something.
I’m not sure what car manufacturer has such a series nowadays. We used to have cup-series from Renault all the time, still seems to be active. Slightly less powerful but these don’t do over 1000kgs. Probably a great subject for a French Friday.
Das war er wieder für dieser Deutschland Dienstag! Viel spass heute und zeig mich mehr Teutonisches! TSCHÜSS!