VW Scirocco R Cup CNG
Looking for performance as well as economy? We drive the biofuel powered VW
Scirocco R Cup CNG race car.
The VW Scirocco R Cup eco-racer is designed to prove that a biofuel or
compressed natural gas in this case, is a viable fuel source for exciting,
high performance cars.
Forming the grid of a one make race series, the track focused R Cup,
developed entirely from the Scirocco R road car, is actually one of the
most eco friendly cars Volkswagen produce.
Under the bonnet the standard 2.0 TSI engine remains, as does the slick DSG
gearbox but the reality is the CNG fuel source produces 80% less carbon
Stiffenend, lightened and prepared for track the Scirocco R Cup car
replaces the original fuel tank in favour of a compressed gas tank in which
to store the low emission, compressed natural biogas.
Although the 222bhp Cup car is 39bhp down on power compared to the road
car, the inclusion of a 'press to pass' button allows drivers to call upon
an extra 49bhp from the engine, in an attempt to make the racing more
exciting for competitors and spectators alike.
So, is a hot hatch powered by compressed natural gas still a hot hatch?
Watch the video to find out.