• Feb 11, 2011
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Volkswagen will be returning to the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race this year with this, the new Golf24 race car. It's a hot little number, and we'll see it take to the track during the official race events that span from June 23 to 26.

Under the hood is Volkswagen's turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five, though output has been bumped up to 434 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. That power is managed by a six-speed sequential gearbox and runs to the ground via permanent all-wheel drive. Combine that with a body that has been optimized to keep the car as flat as possible through turns, and what we have here is a seriously fast Golf that's ready to eat the competition.

The last time Volkswagen entered a Golf in a Nürburgring race was 2007, when a 296-hp, front-wheel-drive example placed eighth overall. Since then, the automaker has commissioned its Scirocco GT24 for 'Ring duty, but since 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the infamous GTI hot hatch, VW decided that an all-new Golf-based car was in order. Follow the jump for the official press release.

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Volkswagen tees up crazy Golf for 2011 Nürburgring 24-hour

Volkswagen has announced that it is to return to the demanding Nürburgring 24-hour race in 2011 with an all-new challenger - the Golf24.

Equipped with four-wheel drive and developing 440 PS, the dramatic racing version of Volkswagen's best-selling model has already undergone initial testing ahead of the legendary 24-hour race, regarded as one of the toughest tests in the motorsport calendar, which this year takes place from 23 to 26 June.

The Golf24 is fitted with a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 440 PS and 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's last factory fielding of the Golf on the famous roller-coaster circuit of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife dates back to 2007, at which time the 300 PS front-wheel drive vehicle that delivered about 300 hp finished in eighth place overall, ahead of numerous favourites. Successive class victories for the Scirocco GT24 over the past three years have followed but the competitiveness of the event has increased enormously meaning a new technical concept was required.

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.'

Before lining up on the grid of the gruelling 25 km circuit in June, the Golf24 will undergo an extensive testing and development programme. This began at the end of last year at Portugal's Portimão circuit and further tests have been completed at Vallelunga in Italy. The Golf24 will also compete in three races in the Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

For more information about the Golf24 or Volkswagen Motorsport, please visit www.volkswagen-motorsport.info

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, first VW that I've actually kinda wanted. Then I remembered that its a VW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm drooling... in my pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah I heard Sabine Schmitz is going to drive it
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'm in love.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those wheels... My goodness. I am practically speechless.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is so awesome
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, can I have one?
        • 3 Years Ago
        can i have 2?

      • 3 Years Ago
      This car will sound glorious.
      Like mid 80's Audis...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Endurance testing a golf with 2.5t eh? Mkvii golf r with rs3 power a done deal, looks like I'll be holding out for 2013 :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's Audi TT-RS power. It's the same unit grabbed from the TT-RS enduro racer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's great to see VW making this car and running it in the ADAC 24h.

      I still don't like the 5-banger though. But I can't argue with the performance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        you haven't driven a car with the engine in it
        you don't like it because you associate it with volvos (but not the audi quattro?)
        and you don't know how many valves the engine has...
        • 3 Years Ago
        What didn't you like about it when sampling the TT-RS or whatever you happened to drive packing the 2.5T? I found it to have spades more character than the 2.0T in the GTI or Golf R, on par with the MkIV .:R32 and boat loads of POWWWWERRRR. If you've not yet driving an Audi with it, why knock something steeped in as much motorsports heritage until you have the chance to pilot something with it underhood?
        • 3 Years Ago
        5-banger is Volvo to me.

        To be honest, I'm partially against it because of the VAG's silliness with their 5V engines (which I owned one of). 5V just a dumb side-track and I feel the same about 5-bangers.

        If you can't do it with 4 valves or 4 cylinders, maybe you should rethink instead of just tacking on 25% more.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh wait, I missed that. Did you just namecheck the R32?

        That thing is garbage to me. I see them around here all the time, they make a ton of noise and rev up and nothing happens. For a car with performance airs, they can hardly get out of their own way. I dunno if it's the engine or too much drivetrain mass, but that car was a waste.

        I have better hopes for the R20. Really I'd just be happier if the GTI just picked up a real LSD. That's plenty enough for a sub 300HP light car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was almost about to put time into replying to your statements but the absurdity of them combined helped me recognize how trivial that would be.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who prefers the 2007 Golf racer to this ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is the coolest GTI I've ever seen, I want to drive it... in GT5.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Screw GT5, I want to drive one to work every day :-)
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