Driver Registrations Open for 2017 Volkswagen Ameo Cup

  • Oct 28, 2016
2016 Volkswagen Vento Cup at BIC 1

Volkswagen Motorsport India has begun accepting registrations for drivers who want to compete in its new one-make race car series. The 2017 Volkswagen Ameo Cup will replace the long-running Vento Cup and will be part of the MMSC (Madras Motor Sports Club)-FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) Indian National Racing Championship.

As was the case with the Vento Cup, the Ameo Cup will be held on racetracks across the country - including Madras Motor Race Track near Chennai, Kari Motor Speedway near Coimbatore and Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi.

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As the name suggests, the biggest change to the series will be the use of purpose built race cars based on the recently launched Ameo compact-sedan, these replace the race cars based on the Vento sedan. The Volkswagen Vento Cup was organised for two seasons, 2015 and 2016, this was preceded by the Polo Cup which was held from 2010 to 2014.

20 drivers will compete in one of the most competitive feeder race series to be held in the country - with 10 races to be held throughout the season. The race car they will be driving will be a highly modified version of the Ameo compact-sedan, it has not been confirmed which engine the car will be fitted with. Those who are interested in participating in this event can do so at this link. A drivers' selection round will be held in Pune at the Indi Karting Track on the December 17 & 18, 2016 while series will officially begin in 2017.

2016 Volkswagen Vento Cup at BIC 2

Apart from being a platform to promote race-car driving talent in India, the series is also a showcase of the company's technical prowess. The road-version of the Ameo is powered by either a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder MPI petrol motor paired to a manual transmission or a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged TDI diesel engine available either with a manual or VW's brilliant DSG dual-clutch transmission. There are rumours that the Ameo Cup could be powered by the 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder TSI petrol motor from the upcoming Polo GTI paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission. The 1.8-litre TSI, in its stock form, develops 192PS of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. The 2016 Vento Cup race cars were powered by a 1.4-litre TSI motor developing 180PS/250Nm.

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