The car

Class 11 is limite to pre-1983 Volkswagen Beetles and allows for minor modifications to the engine, transmission and suspension. You can buy a race-prepped Class 11 for $7,000, but truly competitive cars cost quite a bit more. As one racer told us, “The secret to winning in a stock class is to be as un-stock as possible.”

On the starting line at the 2008 Baja 1000

Here are stats on the car, which, at various times, has carried the numbers 1101, 1102, 1107 and 1146. It is currently 1107:

Model — 1969 Volkswagen Beetle
Engine — Air cooled, four cylinder
Horsepower (est.) — 72-76
Compression Ratio — 10:1
Displacement — 1600cc
Top Speed — 75 MPH (downhill w/a tailwind)
Transmission — 4 speed manual
Fuel — 110 octane race fuel
Fuel cell — 15 gallon front mounted
Front/Rear Suspension — Bilstein prototype “Ensenada” race package
Chassis — Standard reinforced VW chassis
Body Length — 153 inches
Body Width — 65 inches
Height — 65 inches
Weight — 2,150 lbs. – fueled
Gear Ratio — 3.80 to 0.88:1
Wheel Base — 94.5 inches
Wheels — Steel 15″ x 4.5″
Front/Rear Brakes — Drum w/brass-lined brake pads
Front/Rear Tires – Vary by race course
Front clearance — 14 inches
Rear clearance — 13.75 inches
GPS – Lowrance 5200C
Radio – Rugged Radios VX2200 VHF mobile radio and an RRP660 intercom
Sat comm – Prototype satellite communications system from EMS Sky Connect w/a backup Iridium phone
Tracking – Mandatory IRITrack GPS unit (for Baja 1000 only)


  • Front axle tubes may be cut, rotated, re-welded to increase ground clearance or front torsion adjusters may be installed
  • Shock tower may be gusseted and supported but gussets may not extend more than 2” above the torsion tube
  • Stock front spindles and trailing arms must be retained
  • Any rear suspension torsion bars, spring plates, and torsion bar adjusters may be used and installed
  • Rear torsion tube may be supported only by that tube meeting a part of the roll-cage
  • Lower shock mounts on 1969 and older models may be shortened by no more than 1.5”
  • Only one shock absorber per wheel is allowed.
  • Cooling fins and resevoirs are allowed

Engine and Drive train:

  • Must be of VW Type 1, 1600cc components and dimensions
  • Cylinder heads must be single port
  • Stock carburetor must be used, with maximum venturi size of 24.10 mm.
  • Must use stock fan shroud
  • Air cleaner may be of any manufacturer and any size; location is open
  • Transmission must be a stock Type 1, four-speed Bug

We also own a 1967 VW Beetle (No. 1117)


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