Volkswagen Caddy Racer Receives 270 HP Turbo Engine

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The Volkswagen Caddy is a popular work van that's sold in Europe and a few other world markets that's known as, well, a simple work van. Apparently, Volkswagen thinks it can be more than that as the van has been competing in the Volkswagen Racing Cup since 2004. And since the van was redesigned last year, the German automaker is anxious to show-off the new model.

And so the new Caddy is the latest addition to the Volkswagen Racing Cup lineup. It features an updated front fascia, but the biggest change is the switch over from the previous model's 2.0-liter diesel to a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 270 hp. It's mated to a six-speed Volkswagen Racing quick shift gearbox and the rear axle has been upgraded to the multi-link system found in the Golf, improving the van's handling abilities. The new Caddy will hit the track for the first time at the season opener of the 2011 Volkswagen Racing Cup on April 25th.

The event has numerous circuits around the UK along with a side trip to The Netherlands before the season concludes in October.

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