The Fun Cup is a unique concept in the world of motor racing that is aimed at all capabilities in motorsport, from novice drivers to experienced racers.
This championship organised in Belgium by Kronos Events, and in France by M3, is the best way to safely enjoy motorsport at the wheel of the legendary Beetle, which has been transformed into a real race car! It is reliable and efficient, whilst meeting the highest standards of the FIA (International Motorsport Federation).
One of many reasons this competition is unique, is the fact passengers can experience the race from within, thanks to the two-seater category.
Another assets of this enjoyable competition, is racing at many legendary tracks such as Zolder, Assen and Zandvoort. The 25 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is the headline event of one of the most affordable motorsport competitions in the world, which offers a perfect balance of fun and sport. It is undoubtedly the highlight of the championship and the fun is not limited to the race track!
The 25 Hours of Spa is a family-friendly event that offers a laid-back and enjoyable experience for everyone. With 120 cars in the starting blocks, almost 600 drivers on the entry list, 350 passengers in the two-seater category and 33 hours of live video, the 25 Hours is a true Belgian motorsport festival! In addition, 15,000 spectators gather annually on site to attend the world's longest and most enjoyable race, with at least 30,000 people watching the race on Live TV.
With hundreds of cars assembled since the foundation of the Fun Cup, WRT is proud to be able to call itself the ‘biggest car manufacturer’ in Belgium.
In addition, we are very proud of the fact that the proven engine comes directly from Volkswagen Motorsport, and the impressively strong AMP roll cage and the WRT assembly standards make the car very safe. The only thing left to do by the drivers themselves is to start their engines, put the pedal to the metal, and the fun begins!
In the mid-90s, Fun Cup founders J.G. Mal-Voy, Pascal Witmeur and Franz Dubois took a piece of paper and wrote what the new series was to include: Fun, above all fun and fun above all!
To achieve that goal, the cars had be sporty, sexy, affordable, and easy to drive. The founders decided that the Beetle model would be the perfect car for the Fun Cup. The original Beetle was designed and built in 1938 by Ferdinand Porsche, and became one of the most iconic cars in the world. The car would be recognisable and good looking, but underneath the body would hide a true race car.
After the introduction of the Fun Cup series, the concept proved to be a great success and its popularity grew rapidly in many countries. The first generation Fun Cup car was created in 1997 and named Evo 1, and used a 1.8L atmospheric 4 cylinder petrol engine that produced 130 BHP.
The Evo 2 was born in 2010, and had an upgraded engine in the form of a 1.9 litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, and produced a 165 BHP.
In 2012, WRT became the exclusive manufacturer of the new generation Fun Cup car and introduced the Evo 3.
The new generation car proved to be a real racer. The Evo 3 has a 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 172 BHP. Aside of the upgraded engine, the Evo 3 is the first Fun Cup car to have a sequential gearbox.
In 2022 the Fun Cup celebrated its spectacular 25th anniversary.
FUN CUP PROGRAM TEAM STRUCTURE
The Fun Cup team consists of 8 motivated people. The Warehouse Manager is responsible for the parts and webshop management, two people work in the motor division and one mechanic specialises in the gearbox and paddle shifts. There is also one welding operator and one milling machine operator. Another mechanic is responsible for the electric devises and cabling, and another mechanic for the assembly.
Originally a design engineer in the field of automotive and new technologies (hybrid/electric) Pascal is now in charge of the WRT Manufacturing assembly department and manages a team of 10 people, and in 2023 was appointed as the Program Manager of the Fun Cup.