When it comes to racing in the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Scott Speed and Tanner Foust have plenty of experience. For the past three seasons, the pair have piloted their Beetle GRC race cars to numerous victories and championships in Red Bull Global Rallycross, but in January the two got a taste behind the wheel of a different kind of Beetle.
Launched a decade ago, Fun Cup is a series that races mainly in Europe, but a special trip to Miami this year gave Speed and Foust the chance to try their hands at endurance racing, driving as teammates, sharing the same car.
The rear-wheel-drive Fun Cup cars are powered by 1.8L, naturally aspirated engines, producing 175 horsepower. Some of the tube-frame cars are built as single-seaters, while others can accommodate a seat for passengers. As a spec series, Fun Cup puts the focus on competition and driver skill rather than big team budgets—making it an affordable way to get on track.
On their first day at the track, driving for the Belgian VW Club, Speed and Foust competed in a three-hour race with a six-hour event slated for the next day. In the finale event, the team recovered from several laps down to finish fourth after an early-race incident.
“It was fun to drive the same car together for a change,” said Foust after the event. “I forgot my driving shoes, but Scott’s feet are the same size, so we managed to get by with one pair!”
“These cars are a blast to drive, but I’m not sure I’m cut out for endurance racing,” said Speed. “Waiting and watching from the pits isn’t my style—I just want to be in the car!”