It is a hot autumn afternoon. Powerful engine noises and magical dust clouds have been holding up the traffic in the centre of Las Vegas for hours. Now the gears of four GRC vehicles are booming through the pit lane: Beetle, Ford Fiesta ST, Subaru WRX STI and a Hyundai Veloster Turbo are slowly gliding towards the finish line of what is perhaps the craziest Rallycross contest of all time – on a monstrous car park in the vicinity of the legendary casino temple in which Frank Sinatra and Elvis once invented the age of “cool” and today DJs such as Deadmau5, Skrillex or David Guetta blast their beats.
But at the moment, a completely different sound predominates: vrrr...booom! Never before has a racing Beetle let out such a merciless howl while warming up. An excited girl named Twiggy is covered in tattoos and standing close to the epicentre, right next to racing legend Michael Andretti, head of the “Volkswagen Andretti” team that is competing in the GRC with two Beetles. Twiggy shoots a selfie with Andretti, screams with delight and swiftly pulls up her Rockstar T-shirt and flashes at all the Volkswagen mechanics. Her golden bra glitters in the midday sun.