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Many air-cooled Volkswagens have been used in rallycross over the years, with some success against very strong opposition.

As mentioned in the Beetling magazine article, two of the Porsche Salzburg cars were retained by the team for use in Rallycross when Austria banned rallying in 1974.  They were converted to Type 4 engines and entered in the European Championship.

Here are some photos of various cars in rallycross, including the Porsche Austria cars.

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Lyddon Hill circuit, England

© Robert Clayson

Lyddon Hill, England

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Lyddon Hill circuit, England

© Robert Clayson

Lyddon Hill, England

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Lyddon Hill circuit, England

© Robert Clayson

Lyddon Hill, England

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Lyddon Hill circuit, England

© Robert Clayson

Lyddon Hill, England

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1973 Melk, Austria.

The event was won by Franz Wurz in his ex-rally Salzburg Beetle, now fitted with a Type 4 engine.

© Franz Kern

1973 Melk, Austria

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Cees Teuerling's 1303S Rallycross car at a Swedish event.

© Franz Kern

Swedish rallycross

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1973 Melk, Austria.

Report on a 1973 rallycross event in Melk, Austria.
Franz Wurz won the event in the ex-rally Salzburg Beetle (now with a Type 4 engine). The Alpine in the front of this picture jumped the start, and was disqualified.

© Franz Kern

1973 Melk, Austria

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Franz' car in a slightly banged-up state at a different meeting.

© Franz Kern

Austrian rallycross

The following pictures show the Type 3 Fastback modified by Ingemaar Joelsson in Sweden.  It has been updated with a Type 4 engine.

You can read more about his car at his website: Joelsson's VW site

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Type 3 Fastback rallycross car

© Ingemaar Joelsson

Type 3 Fastback

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Type 3 Fastback rallycross car

© Ingemaar Joelsson

Type 3 Fastback

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Type 3 Fastback rallycross car

© Ingemaar Joelsson

Type 3 Fastback

Jacques Aita's Beetle

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Jacque Aita's 250bhp turbo-charged Beetle, taking part in the 1981 French Rallycross Championship

© RK Holmen

250bhp turbo-charged
Beetle

Roy Holmen's Beetle from Norway

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Front compartment of RK Holmen's beetle

© RK Holmen

Front Compartment

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Rear roll cage and suspension brace

© RK Holmen

Rear roll cage

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Rear roll cage and safety belt mount

© RK Holmen

Rear roll cage

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The driver's seat

© RK Holmen

The driver's seat

Arnie Levics is a famed air-cooled engine tuner based in Street, Somerset, UK, and back in the early 1980s he ran a 1303 with a 2.3-litre T-IV-engined turbocharged beast.

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Arnie Levics' 2.3-litre turbo-charged T-IV powered Beetle

© RK Holmen

2.3-litre turbo-charged
Beetle

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Arnie Levics' 2.3-litre turbo-charged T-IV powered Beetle

© RK Holmen

2.3-litre turbo-charged
Beetle

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Arnie Levics' 2.3-litre turbo-charged T-IV powered Beetle

© RK Holmen

2.3-litre turbo-charged
Beetle

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Arnie Levics' 2.3-litre turbo-charged T-IV powered Beetle

© RK Holmen

2.3-litre turbo-charged
Beetle