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Beetle racing parts - How to hot rod a VW Beetle

Updated on December 24, 2012

Beetle racing has become part and parcel of the Santa Pod raceway dragstrip for some 40 odd years now and is home to some of the most extreme beetle racing enthusiasts to date.

With the racing beetle of guys llike Bernard Newbury and Gene Berg to name a few, these guys took beetle racing to a new level as their time spent on the dragstrip pushing new quarter mile times was in fact a perfect situation to test their new beetle racing parts.

Racing parts for beetle have come a long way since the 1960's and have split into three general racing school of thought and challenger for the best 9 second car.

There are a few racing beetles that constantly knock on the door of the 8 second barrier and continue to be the guinea pigs for vw racing parts.

1. There is the traditional beetle racing car which has a hyped up turbo motor with its own intercooler and custom built dump gates and engine management system which incorporates racing parts designed to understand an electronic programming system.

2. The second type of racing beetle engine system is a waterboxer sytem using external and internal water cooling coupled with a carburettor driven system and incorporates a healthy dose of nitrous to get it moving for those straight lines sppeds in excess of 140 mph.

3. The third in the hunt for the 8 second quarter mile is also a turbo system, but employs the internals of v8 engine components for those huge horsepower ranges upwards of 600 horsepower and is often a combination of superchargers and turbos with engine management systems combined.

The funny thing is though that these beetle racing cars are all built on the beetle pan and have no flip front access for the drivers and rely purely on a slam the door policy.

There are however a number of racing beetle parts that are specifically designed for tubed chassis cars and only have the appearance of a racing beetle. In my opinion this a little to far removed from the enginuity and design that has kept beelte racing parts being developed for the love of the sport.

Without the Russ Fellows, Bernard Newburys' and Gene Bergs of the VW beetle world , the twin carb would never have become as popular as it is today in beetle racing.

There are no real limits to the amounts of hard earned cash that can be spent on beetle racing parts.

You will definitely need to strengthen the gearbox and a good five speed unit from Remtec or Cogbox would be a good palce to start.

The drive shafts will always take a hammering and are also a good place to start. Porsche parts are difficult to source at times and it is worth checking out what advice you can get on the approach to your new racing engine for your beetle.

If you are just looking for some bolt on options, then I would have to say that a good set of comp eliminator heads and a set of Weber IDA's or Dellorto carbs will do the trick to start you off. Invest in a narrowed front beam and spend some time doing a little more research of combinations of racing parts before you go out and buy the first thing you see that looks good.

Remember that measurements in the engine are extremely precise and rely on that precision to adjust torques at different places in the power band of revs. So bigger pistons etc is not always going to make you go faster if you have the wrong racing cam that has incorrect advance timing and degrees. 278 degree cams are a favorite for beetle racing parts.

Happy bugging.


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