Vw will compete in the demanding Nürburgring 24-hour race in 2011 with an all-new challenger – the Golf24.
Designed for grueling 24-hour races, the Golf24 is powered by the same 2.5 liter 5-cylinder turbo engine that runs half of VW group’s cars. The engine produces 440 PS and a maximum torque of 540 Nm. Power is transmitted to the permanent four-wheel drive by a sequential six-speed gearbox with paddle shift operation.
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen explains: ‘With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the Nürburgring 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, With our spectacular Golf we want to provide an additional highlight in front of a large audience – right in time for the 35th anniversary of the GTI this year.’
In order to prepare the car for its racing debut in June, the Golf24 will complete an extensive testing and development program at Portimao, Portugal, back in December and further tests at Vallelunga, Italy.