Participants to the international meeting of GTI fans held in Austria were given a treat after 12 trainees hailing from both Volkswagen and Sitech Sitztechnik unveiled the newest VW Golf GTI Heartbeat, capable of 400 PS (295 kW).
Under the brand’s Vocational Training project, these 12 young talents obtained a significant amount of specialist skill and expertise and then evolved to become a strong team.
They were under the supervision of project manager Holger Schülke. According to Peter Christ, the Head of Automotive Technology Training in the brand’s Wolfsburg facility, in the process of creating their ideal GTI, the trainees were able to learn the complexities involved in manufacturing automobiles.
The brand, he said, choose the trainees from a pool of talented people in order to offer them the chance, at this early stage, to be able to learn from more experienced colleagues of the company. These include those from the MultiMedia Center, design departments, pilot hall, and even paint shop, he added.
This new Golf GTI Heartbeat version is the ninth project vehicle to be presented by trainees and to make its world debut during the Wörthersee meeting. The VW Vocational Training has been conducting this program since 2008.