2011 VOLKSWAGEN CADDY RACER
Volkswagen Caddy is compact-sized model is also great for racing. In fact, the Caddy Racer has been competing in the Volkswagen Racing Cup since 2004. The introduction of the redesigned Caddy series last year brought a newer competition version that was unveiled today at the Commercial Vehicle Show at Birmingham’s NEC in the UK.
The Volkswagen Caddy Racer will hit the tarmac for the first time at the season opener of the 2011 Volkswagen Racing Cup on April 25 at Oulton Park. The championship includes numerous circuits around the UK, such as Snetterton, Brands Hatch, and Donington Park, while it also incorporates a trip to Zandvoort in the Netherlands, before the season fin
For 2011, Volkswagen Racing Cup grid features the same exterior changes as the rest of the Caddy models such as the new front fascia. However, the most important upgrades are hidden under the body with the most significant change over the previous model being the replacement of the 2.0-liter diesel with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that develops 270-horsepower. All that power is channeled to the front wheels through a six-speed Volkswagen Racing quick shift gearbox. Furthermore, the rear axle has been uprated to the multi-link system found in the road-going Golf to improve the racing van’s handling characteristics.
2011 ONE-OFF FORD TRANSIT SUPER SPORT VAN
Ford Transit SuperSportVan (SSV) combines the smallest body available in the Transit lineup with the biggest diesel in the range, the car revealed on Tuesday at the Commercial Vehicle Show at Birmingham’s NEC in the UK. Ford’s flagship 3.2-litre inline-five turbo diesel engine was shoehorned into a short wheelbase Transit, for maximum power-to-weight ratio.
The 3.2 TDCi unit, normally found in bigger Transit models like the 4.25 tonnes Transit Jumbo, delivers 200-horsepower and a maximum torque of 470Nm (346.7 lb-ft) at 1700-2500 rpm. The inline-five is hooked up to a six-speed gearbox. In comparison, the standard Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, a 140HP 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission.
The one-off Ford Transit SSV features several exterior upgrades such as the Le Mans-style bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, deep-dish white alloy wheels wrapped around low profile 235/45 tires, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches.
Ford was quick to point out that the Transit SSV is a one-off study and that is has no plans to present a production version.