Three 450-hp Volkswagen Golf24 cars will take part in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring that’s set to take place this weekend. The most amazing Golf ever will compete with about 200 other cars in a very extreme race, involving rapid changes in weather, on the most difficult race track in the world. The Golf24, which arrives during the 35th anniversary of the Golf GTI, was designed to take on this challenge.
The Golf24, a thorough-bred racing version of the world’s highest-volume production car, was developed by Volkswagen Motorsport.
The Golf24 is powered by a 450-hp 2.5-litre five cylinder turbo engine and is fitted with four-wheel drive, a sequential 6-speed gearbox with paddle shifters and a stunning body shell.
These three factory-fielded cars will be driven by some high-caliber racers including experienced Nordschleife drivers Peter Terting and Patrick Simon, Formula 1 legends Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell, Volkswagen junior René Rast, and Edoardo Mortara, the DTM rookie.
In the past three years, the Dakar Rally was dominated by Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz, Giniel de Villiers – the people who have led the three straight wins for Volkswagen.
The 24-hour race on the Nordschleife will be used as a joint circuit visit. For the first time ever, the three Dakar Champions from 2009, 2010 and 2011 will compete together and will share a 330-hp Scirocco GT24-CNG.