The iconic Golf GTI turns 35 in 2011 and boy has Volkswagen got a ripping birthday present in store. The Golf24, the scary beauty you see before you is that present. It’s Volkswagen’s latest balls out NÃ¼rburgring 24 hour race project.
“With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the NÃ¼rburgring 24-hour race. The event enjoys huge popularity, is one of the true classics in motorsport and, due to its extreme distance and unique race track, also represents a very big technical challenge,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.
That big technical challenge involves a 440hp/540Nm engine and a race-tuned all-wheel drive system. The engine is a 2.5 litre turbo five cylinder (thanks to Audi for that) and the Golf24 has already seen test miles in Portugal and Italy.
The Golf24 will also see more test miles in a trio of VLN races before the big 24 hour enduro in late June.
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Wolfsburg (10 February 2011). For the legendary 24-hour race from 23 to 26 June 2011, one of the toughest tests of all in motorsport, Volkswagen has developed a 440-hp race touring car with four-wheel drive based on its top seller. The new “Golf 24â€ has already reeled off its first kilometres at tests in Portugal and Italy.
“With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the NÃ¼rburgring 24-hour race. The event enjoys huge popularity, is one of the true classics in motorsport and, due to its extreme distance and unique race track, also represents a very big technical challenge,â€ says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “With our spectacular Golf we want to provide an additional highlight in front of a large audience â€“ right in time for the 35th anniversary of the GTI.â€
Volkswagen’s last “factoryâ€ fielding of the Golf on the famous roller-coaster circuit of the NÃ¼rburgring dates back to 2007 at which time the front-wheel drive vehicle that delivered about 300 hp finished in eighth place overall, in front of numerous favourites. As the competitiveness of the event has enormously increased since then a new technical concept was required. The new Golf uses an updated 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine from the Volkswagen Group with an output of 324 kW (440 hp) and maximum torque of 540 Nm. Power is transmitted to the permanent four-wheel drive by a sequential six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters.
To prepare for the 24-hour race in June, the Golf24 will complete an extensive testing and development programme. After initial tests at PortimÃ£o, Portugal, back in December and further tests at Vallelunga, Italy, in February three races in the Endurance Championship on the NÃ¼rburgring-Nordschleife are planned, among others.