OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY — Screaming down the straightaway at the Oschersleben Motorpark in a specially equipped Jetta TDI is a little like riding the fastest and jerkiest roller coaster at Six Flags — except much quicker and unnerving.
Volkswagen is growing its racing presence worldwide in a significant way. Company officials said they see it as a way to show off their vehicles and technology.
Kris Nissen, motor sport director at VW, said the company is using its Jetta “clean diesel” TDI as “a great way to show green racing.”
“The cars are totally standard except for safety,” he said.
VW’s Jetta TDI Cup, which debuted in April, was the first one-make racing cup featuring clean diesel in the United States, officials said.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...