Following a successful, championship-winning Red Bull Global Rallycross season, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust shifted their focus to vehicles that represent their off-duty passions.
The duo oversaw the building of three new Volkswagen concept show cars for the 2017 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show – or SEMA, as it’s known to fans of all things chopped, raised, lowered or otherwise hot-rodded. Like a remixed song, a good custom show car adds some visual excitement without erasing the underlying character of a vehicle. Here’s a closer look at how Foust and Speed did just that with these three:
Built in conjunction with Fifteen52, the GTI sports a modern interpretation of the 1986 Group A World Rally Championship winner with that vehicle’s TA logo (Triumph-Alder) turned into “TF” (Tanner Foust). Version 1 of the Mountune x Foust GTI features several newly engineered Mountune components including engine management, intake, downpipe, and exhaust yielding an estimated 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, ST XTA coil overs, uprated brakes, 19-inch 9J Formula GT wheels, Euro-spec front and rear lighting and Recaro Sportster seats make the concept a well-rounded performer.
“We set out to showcase the entry of an aftermarket performance juggernaut into the VW world through this Mountune-Foust concept GTI,” says Foust. “The GTI is the original hot hatch, and is already a great platform to start with. This build will be evolutionary and this step is only the beginning. I cannot wait to show you what we have in store with this Mountune collaboration.”
One of the more unique choices for customs throughout the entire show this year, the Speed Edition e-Golf concept features a 2-inch lower sloping roofline, giving the e-Golf a slimmer and sleeker look. Adding to the overall design, custom painted headlamp eyelids were fitted to the car. Custom one-off Titan7 Ultra-E P1 wheels in anodized blue, wrapped in low-rolling resistance Nexen tires, connect the e-Golf to the pavement.
“I am not your traditional hands-on car guy, but I do have my own unique sense of style,“ says Speed, the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Champion. “We have really gotten aggressive with the look of this car but at the same time maximized the aero and fitted it with a performance eco tire which can provide additional range and driving enjoyment.”
Built from the all-new Volkswagen Atlas, this concept imagines what a deep-country off-road edition might look like. It begins with large tires and rugged wheels, extended fenders and lower-body panel cladding, giving the vehicle a true off-road look. The armored front bumper raises the approach angle and provides underbody protection. Bumper inset and roof mounted light bars illuminate the night for backcountry camping trips, while a roof rack and access ladder keep the interior space passenger-centric.
Inside, plaid seat inserts are reminiscent of Volkswagen’s GTI heritage and Foust’s childhood spent in Scotland.
“Overlanding has risen in popularity in the past couple of years,” says Foust. “People are looking for ways to get outdoors and go on adventure trips with the whole family. The Atlas is perfect for trips off the paved road and I wanted this concept to enhance the vehicle’s capabilities while maintaining its utility and VW DNA.”
Check out the photos below, and go here for a recap of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team’s 2017 championship-winning Red Bull Global Rallycross season.
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