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Since the first Jetta TDI cup race is going to be broadcast on Speed TV next Saturday don't follow the jump if you don't want to know who the winner was...

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Diesel racers have had a lot of success in the recent past. But what happens when you have diesel racing diesel? We'll find out soon. For 2008, Volkswagen is replacing the current GTI cup with the Jetta TDI Cup. As the name implies, the new series will use the new Jetta TDI diesel sedan. For racing purposes, the 2.0L diesel will be rated at 170 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque pumping through the standard six-speed DSG gearbox. The suspension and brakes will be beefed up for track use and all the usua

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This past weekend, Volkswagen held their driver selection event for the inaugural Jetta TDI cup series out at Firebird raceway in Phoenix, AZ. Volkswagen evaluated 54 potential participants based on their driving skills, but other factors were taken into account as well. Since the drivers are also expected to help promote Volkswagen and their diesel technology, they had to demonstrate their communication skills and ability to work with the media. In the end thirty drivers aged 16-26 were chosen

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At the SEMA show in October, Volkswagen announced a new grass-roots racing series based around the new Jetta TDI. VW is organizing the series for amateur drivers between 16-26 years old. For $35,000, drivers get a season of racing in diesel Jettas prepared by Volkswagen with full racing safety equipment and 170 hp versions of the new CleanTDI 2.0L engine. The series is limited to only thirty drivers and qualifying races will be held in March 2008. Any aspiring racers can apply through a special

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