The end-of-season Race of Champions at the Arena in Düsseldorf has witnessed new Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel of the near 275-hp compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. Together with record world champion Michael Schumacher the driver from Heppenheim (Germany) won the Nations’ Cup for the fourth time in a row. At the finale both prevailed against Team Great Britain with Jason Plato and Andy Priaulx. The fielding of the Cup Scirocco also marked the first entry of a car with an alternative drive concept.
The Champion of Champions title was sensationally won by the Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque who prevailed against world rally champion Sebastién Loeb.
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen said, “We’re very proud of the fact that the new Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has inspired the crowd here at the Race of Champions in the Scirocco R-Cup. And obviously we’re also happy that the organisers of the Race of Champions selected the racing version of the Scirocco as one of the cars fielded in the event. This shows the worldwide prestige which the Scirocco R-Cup enjoys as an innovative and eco-conscious one-make cup.”
Duel in the Scirocco: Vettel vs. Motocross superstar Travis Pastrana
However, of all the cars it was the Scirocco in which the new Formula 1 world champion had to suffer a defeat. In a direct duel US star Travis Pastrana, not least thanks to making clever use of the push-to-pass button which allowed every driver to activate a 50-hp boost four times for four seconds each, clinched a surprising victory against Vettel. “The front-wheel drive Scirocco is not easy to drive on this narrow circuit but the car is good fun in any event,” said Vettel. US racer Pastrana was absolutely elated by the power boost at his fingertips: “The push-to-pass button is an ingenious idea, simply huge fun. By using it, I caught Sebastian on the finish straight at the last moment.”
Thanks to being fuelled by biomethane the two-litre engine’s overall carbon footprint of racing plus logistics is reduced by 80 per cent – compared with conventional racing petrol.
The Scirocco R-Cup in 2010 celebrated its widely acclaimed inaugural season in which through the Pro, Junior, and Legends Cups new sporting concepts and spectacular races featuring the push-to-pass system were realised.
Item primarily compiled using information from a Volkswagen press release