Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup

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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup
VW TDI Cup logo.jpg
CategorySpec car racing
CountryNorth America
Inaugural season 2008
Folded 2011
Tyre suppliers Pirelli
Last Drivers' championJD Mobley
Official website Official Website
Jetta TDI car from German race series. (Jetta is called Bora in Germany) VW Jetta V TDI Cup ftl SIAM2008.JPG
Jetta TDI car from German race series. (Jetta is called Bora in Germany)

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup was a single-make racing series sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America. The series was started in 2008 and was a sports car series that ran only in North America, the series quietly folded in 2011.


Rules & prizes

The series was open to only drivers between the ages of 16 and 26 who held a passport from the United States, Canada, or Mexico. The entry fee for drivers is $45,000. In addition to more than $50,000 in prize money at stake during the season, the series champion received Volkswagen factory career advancement support with a value up to $100,000.


The cars were 2009 Volkswagen Jettas that were modified by the factory for the series. Once completed, the cars were still about 70% stock with the other 30% made up of parts from the VW parts bin, one-off brackets and mounts, and race prepping from outside parties. The cars feature VW's DSG twin shaft, dual clutch automatic transmission and have height adjustable Sachs race suspension. Brakes were controlled by an ATE Racing ABS system and utilize Brembo 4 piston fixed calipers in front and Lucas 1 piston floating caliper disc brakes in the rear. The tires are racing slicks provided by Pirelli. The minimum race weight for the car with driver and equipment is 1,370 kg (3,020 lb). The safety equipment on each car included but was not limited to airbags, seat belts, roll cage, fire extinguishers, and an FIA rated racing seat.


inline 4-cylinder 1,968  cc (120.1  cu in ) TDI
4 valves per cylinder, DOHC, compression ratio 18:1
Fuel system
Common-Rail Injection with 8 nozzle output, piezo elements, pressure up to 1850 bar
turbocharged, intercooled, water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation
Engine management
VW Catalyst and particulate filter
125  kW (170  PS ; 168  bhp ) @ 4200 rpm, 368 ft-lbs @ 1900 to 2500 rpm
Data Acquisition
memotec Messtechnik

Points system

The point system used was similar to other race series in that the most points are awarded to the first place finisher and points are reduced for subsequent finishing places. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup is unique in that the points are halved for the first two races compared to the points for the rest of the season.

Races 1 & 2Races 3 through 7
1st place30 points60 points
2nd place24 points48 points
3rd place20 points40 points
4th place17 points34 points
5th place16 points32 points
6th place15 points30 points
7th place14 points28 points
8th place13 points26 points
9th place12 points24 points
10th place11 points22 points
11th place10 points20 points
12th place9 points18 points
13th place8 points16 points
14th place7 points14 points
15th place6 points12 points
16th place5 points10 points
17th place4 points8 points
18th place3 points6 points
19th place2 points4 points
20th place1 point2 points


2008 Josh Hurley
2009 Timmy Megenbier
2010 JD Mobley


2008 season results

Rd.DateTrack Pole Position Winning driver
1April 25–27, 2008 Virginia International Raceway Josh Hurley Mark Pombo
2May 16–18, 2008 Mosport International Raceway Josh Hurley David Jurca
3July 25–27, 2008 Portland International Raceway Mark Pombo Josh Hurley
4August 14–17, 2008 Lime Rock Park Michael Denino Chris Castagna
5September 19–20, 2008 Iowa Speedway Jimmy Underhill Jimmy Underhill
6September 27–28, 2008 New Jersey Motorsports Park
Doubleheader race
Race #1 Shane Williams
Race #2 Timmy Megenbier
Race #1 Shane Williams
Race #1 points David Jurca
Race #2 Liam Kenney††
7October 1–3, 2008 Road Atlanta Mark Pombo Liam Kenney

Shane Williams was a guest driver from the ADAC Polo Cup race series in Germany.
David Jurca was awarded the points for a first place finish since Shane Williams did not accrue points in USA race. For points purposes 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers were awarded the points for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. †† Liam Kenney was penalized 20 points for passing the leader, Josh Hurley under double yellow.

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