VW makes a date with 24-hour chal­lenge

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

VOLK­SWA­GEN is to re­turn to the de­mand­ing Nür­bur­gring 24-hour race in June with an all-new chal­lenger – the Golf24.

Equipped with four-wheel drive and de­vel­op­ing 434bhp, the dra­matic rac­ing ver­sion of Volk­swa­gen’s best­selling model takes on one of the tough­est tests in the mo­tor­sport calendar.

The en­gine is a 2.5-litre five-cylin­der tur­bocharged petrol pro­duc­ing 398 lb ft, trans­mit­ted to the per­ma­nent four-wheel drive by a se­quen­tial six-speed gear­box with pad­dle shift op­er­a­tion.

Volk­swa­gen’s last Works Golf on the fa­mous roller­coaster cir­cuit of the Nür­bur­gring-Nord­schleife was in 2007, with a 296bhp front-wheel-drive racer that fin­ished eighth over­all, ahead of nu­mer­ous favourites.

Class vic­to­ries for the Scirocco GT24 over the past three years fol­lowed, but the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the event has in­creased enor­mously, mean­ing a new tech­ni­cal con­cept was re­quired, says Volk­swa­gen Mo­tor­sport Di­rec­tor Kris Nis­sen.

“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. With our spec­tac­u­lar Golf we want to pro­vide an ad­di­tional high­light.”

Fol­low up: www. volk­swa­gen-mo­tor­sport.info

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