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VW-inspired racecars invading Australia

FUN Cup … what’s that?

Yes, the Repco Garage asked these very questions to Fun Cup Australia’s Greg Woodrow, but were immediately interested in this unusual category.

Originally created in Belgium by Franz Dubois in 1997, Fun Cup cars are wild versions of Volkswagen’s Beetle made to go as fast as possible.

The hallmark event for the class is the 25 Hours at Spa where, unbelievably, more than 150 of these things race at one of the world’s greatest race tracks.

Although Woodrow isn’t focused on building a Fun Cup in Australia just yet, the likes of Super2 Series gun and aspiring Repco Supercars Championship racer Jordan Boys have sampled these bespoke racing machines.

Despite the appearance of a souped-up retro Beetle, the Fun Cup package is very modern.

A full spaceframe chassis underpins the VW Fun Cup package. Pic: my105.com

Rather than the original air-cooled VW unit, the cars are powered by a 1.8-litre Audi/Volkswagen engine transferring power through a five-speed Sadev sequential gearbox, with both of these units sealed to ensure equal performance.

The tyre is a standard road radial that is used in both wet and dry conditions.

The Fun Cup formula has expanded across Europe since its Belgian birth, and more recently has crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.

Woodrow was formerly the Mygale distributor in Australia through his G-Force Motorsport concern and acquired a few Fun Cup cars eight months ago to try on track days, with these being successful.

The goal is to continue this model, but he hasn’t ruled out building a Fun Cup class in Australia.

Watch Greg Woodrow’s chat with Repco Garage in the player below!

This story also appears on the Repco Garage website.

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