Motorsports in India is now gaining pace as more and more manufacturers are participating in it. After the launch of Polo, VW India has been actively participating in track events. With their Ameo and Vento joining shortly after.
Enthusiastic owners do build their own track machines and check out the limits of the car at one of the available tracks in India. Either the Buddh International Circuit or the MMSC track in Chennai. But if you don’t wanna spend your time building your own machine, we have some good news for you.
Volkswagen Motorsport India plans to start selling its racecars to individual customers. You will get to choose from the Ameo Cup racecar and the race-spec Vento that features in the Indian Touring Car Championship. So, let’s talk about what makes these cars an absolute delight on track.
Firstly the Ameo Cup racecar. Powering the Ameo is a 1.8-litre engine, which churns out whopping 205bhp and is mated to a sequential gearbox which comes with a full auto mode. A BMC air intake for better air intake. Motec engine management system for data logging and a fully digital instrument cluster. Full FMSCI-spec roll cage, a fire extinguisher, seam welded body structure. It also gets OMP racing seat and a set of Team Dynamic wheels with MRF ZLO slick racing rubber. A larger rear wing to offer better downforce and keep your car glued to the track. So how quick is it? Ameo race car can do a lap time of under 2:20:000 around the Buddh International Circuit.
Coming to the Vento. Powering the Vento is a 1.8-litre engine churning out 210bhp of power with ITC spec restrictor plate. Remove the restrictor plates and you have a 250bhp monster ready to take on the track. It is available in either an H-Speed 6-speed manual or a sequential gearbox with a manual shifter. It gets a set of forged wheels that have been made specifically for this car by Wheels India Limited in India and they weigh only about 6.5kgs which is very light. Same as the Ameo you get a racing seat, harness, a roll cage, and fire extinguisher.
Suspension duties are done by KW suspension with Eibach coilovers. Combination of brakes on the Vento is very interesting. Front brakes are from a Golf R32, while the rear discs come from an Octavia RS. It gets additional aerodynamic parts like a front splitter and a set of canards. You can also opt for the larger rear wing from the Ameo as an optional extra.
If that’s not enough Volkswagen India offers a different ECU map for the Vento giving it a massive power north of 300bhp!
So, if you are a Track Junkie and want a ready-made reliable track car which can hit the track from the Day 1 Volkswagen India offering is perfect for you. You also get back up by the service support of the VW India. You need to shell out Rs. 40 lakhs for the Ameo and Rs. 24 lakhs (for standard variant) and Rs. 40 lakhs for the additional options mentioned above for the Vento. Furthermore, both of these cars are for track use only.
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