Volkswagen Golf24 revealed as Nürburgring 24 Hours contender

Volkswagen Golf24 - 10.02.2011
Volkswagen Golf24 - 10.02.2011

Golf24 touring car features a revised 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from the VW Group

VW it touting this as the Golf's 'comeback' to the Green Hell as the model returns to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for the legendary 24-hour race this upcoming June.

Called the Golf24, the racer is a (permanent) all-wheel drive touring car based on the VW Golf VI which boasts an output of 440 PS (324 kW) and has already been tested in Portugal and Italy. The Golf24 features a revised 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged power plant from VW Group with a maximum torque of 540 Nm mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters.

The last time a 'factory' Golf was fielded at the Nurburgring race was in 2007 with a front-wheel drive, 300 PS (221 kW) Golf coming in 8th overall.

"With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. [The race] represents a very big technical challenge...[and] we want to provide an additional highlight in front of a large audience - right in time for the 35th anniversary of the GTI," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen in the press release.

The 24-hr race at Nurburgring takes place between June 23 to and June 26, 2011.

Source: Volkswagen

Spectacular: the new Volkswagen Golf for the 24-hour race

Wolfsburg (10 February 2011). Comeback in the "Green Hell": In a spectacular new racing version the Volkswagen Golf returns to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

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 24" 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 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," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "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."

Volkswagen's last "factory" fielding of the Golf on the famous roller-coaster circuit of the Nürburgring 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 Portimão, Portugal, back in December and further tests at Vallelunga, Italy, in February three races in the Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife are planned, among others.

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uberzero uberzero
Bring back the memory of the VW Golf W12 concept.
Feb 11th, 2011 8:21am
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Indeed it was (almost). I see this hatchback as a well-kitted Golf R that could make to production, should VW allow.
Feb 11th, 2011 12:19pm
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jumpstart jumpstart
I wonder if Dahlback had his hand in this, or maybe VW just looked at his previous specimen. Similar setup as his Golf4 with the Audi 5 cylinder. That thing was ferocious though with about 550hp more than this one.
Feb 11th, 2011 7:29am
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JC.Euro JC.Euro
Wicked!! I would love hear it's sound in motion.
Feb 10th, 2011 9:05pm
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tohui tohui
Can we have this in a limited edition, road legal please?
Feb 10th, 2011 8:53pm
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Douglas6250 Douglas6250
AWD is good, but isn't it a bit tough for 24hr endurance races ?
Feb 10th, 2011 8:22pm
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fgb8387 fgb8387
awd and turbo are not the best solution for racing... but this golf looks very good!!
Feb 10th, 2011 6:55pm
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
Wow, what a Golf - That looks fantastic. It is so low and aggressive that is looks to have about 1000bhp.
Feb 10th, 2011 3:47pm
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