Volkswagen last April brought its GTI Clubsport S to Nordschleife and finished with a 7:47.21 lap time -- beating Honda Civic Type R’s front wheel drive track record by 1.4 seconds. Earlier this year, the brand had broken the record for a production front-wheel-drive car. But VW pushes its own boundaries once more by bringing back the same GTI Clubsport S for another round at the “Green Hell”.
The record-breaking stunt happened last 26th of October and took an impressive 7:47.19 seconds. Considering its 8º C and 46ºF climate, VW had no problem keeping the vehicle’s tyres and engine in tip-top shape. But then the Clubsport S as we all know is not your average GTI.
Equipped with a 310 hp 2.0 litre turbo four engine, the VW Golf’s back seats were replaced by a lightweight battery with sub-frame made of aluminium. All these including the pair of race seats in lightweight materials help reduce its curb weight by as much as 66lbs.
To prove what really happened in Nordschleife, Volkswagen recorded the lap time and uploaded it faster than any Honda Civic Type R or BMW M2 could reach a finish line. Skeptic people will probably enjoy watching the video as it was recorded complete with all the details.
For the record, its closest competitors are the latest Honda Civic Type R with 7:50.63, BMW M2 with 7:58, Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R with 7:54.36 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren with 7:52.
The VW GTI Clubsport S has a total weight of only 2,832lbs. That weight of course wouldn’t be possible if Volkswagen hadn’t removed some of the car’s insulation materials, hood damping, parcel shelves, floor mats or even the luggage compartment’s flooring.
Other than the race spec suspension, the VW Golf also dons a 19-inch Pretoria wheels fitted with Michelin’s Sport Cup 2 “high performance” tyres. Nothing could be more perfect for Nurburgring’s hellish track. The 3-door hatchback also takes advantage of its new chassis that reduces understeer while improving its stability.
You won’t likely see as many of these on the road since VW only built a total of 400 Golf GTI Clubsport units. It was earlier reported that the vehicle was already sold out in the UK three months after it was introduced --- with one hundred units already allotted exclusively for Germany.
Even so, the “not-so-available” VW Golf GTI Clubsport will come in three choices of colors which include Tornado Red, Pure White and Black Pearl Effect. For the sake of knowing things, Volkswagen’s sporty bodykit will consist of tinted rear windows, daytime running lights in LED, bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres.