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Volkswagen Beetle’s Air-Cooled and Turbocharged Engine

This Volkswagen Beetle cost owner Steve Dalton $600 when he bought it back in high school for use as a daily driver. Every year since he’s owned the car, the Beetle and its engine have gotten some sort of performance upgrade to the point that it is at now. Steve is a regular on the

CP-Carrillo Pistons and Rods for VW/Audi

This piston and rod combination is designed as a perfect fit and meant to withstand large boost levels.

Gregoire Blanchon’s Triple-Turbo TDI VW Engine

Gregoire Blachon, owner of Boxeer LLC, usually dedicates the entire month of June to testing at Pike’s Peak. In 2020, he was 1-second shy of the diesel hill climb record. Check out his VW Bug equipped with a triple-turbo, 4-cylinder, 2.0L TDI VW engine.

Building Air-Cooled VW Engines

VWs are essentially the hot rods of the air-cooled world and because of that, there are some big name manufacturers that have been around for many years producing good quality, high-performance VW engine parts – Scat Crankshafts, Engle Cams, CB Performance, AA Performance, Pauter Machine, and Gene Berg – to name a few

VW Air-Cooled
Popular Engine Swaps

Engine swaps belong in a world of their own. After a little digging, you can find multitudes of ingenious swap ideas, whether it be small block to big block, diesel to gas, or many other combinations.

Honda engines have been a popular choice for engine swap enthusiasts since the early 90s due to their power and dependability.
1,397cc Air-Cooled VW Lowlight Karmann Ghia Engine

Recently, Bruce Engineering finished a build for a customer with a Volkswagen Lowlight Karmann Ghia, a very rare and early variant of the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia built between 1955 and 1959. The engine is based around a mid-‘50s 30-hp engine case and a rare Judson supercharger kit. Check it out!

Triple Turbo 4-Cylinder 2.0L TDI VW Engine

Gregoire Blachon, owner of Boxeer LLC, is dedicating the entire month of June to testing at Pike’s Peak. Last year, he was 1-second shy of the diesel hill climb record, and this year he’s returning in his VW Bug equipped with a triple-turbo, 4-cylinder, 2.0L TDI VW engine. Check it out!

Intellectual Horsepower Ep. 3

This episode we discuss Romain Grosjean’s horrific F1 crash and the safety measures that saved his life, championship wins for Chase Elliott, Erica Enders and Matt Smith, our end of the year Engine Builder Award winners, Lucas Oil, Audi and VW, and much more! Oh yeah, Lake Speed Jr. of Total Seal Piston Rings joins

Volkswagen to Terminate Motorsports Programs

The Volkswagen brand has announced it will end its motorsports activities as part of a company realignment. The Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH workforce, which employs 169 people based in Hanover, Germany, will be integrated into Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg in the coming months. “The Volkswagen brand is on the way to becoming the leading provider for sustainable

mountune52 Mk7.5 VW GOLF GTI Tune Upgrade

mountune52, the VAG division of mountune, has launched its STAGE 2+ power upgrade for the Mk7 & 7.5 Golf GTI.

Mahle Motorsport Volkswagen Beetle PowerPak Piston Kit

Mahle Motorsport now offers a 94mm air-cooled VW piston PowerPak kit.

A Future Engine Builder and His Volkswagen VR6 Build

Bas Willems is just 20 years old, but he’s already eyeing a future as an engine builder following automotive school and completing projects like this Volkswagen VR6 engine build.