Golf GTIs from the first generation on the starting grid of the ADAC 24h Classic race.

Germany’s biggest motorsport event, the ADAC 24-hour race at the Nürburgring on 1 June will see Volkswagen celebrating the Golf’s 50th birthday with the debut of the new Golf GTI Clubsport and by entering the Golf GTI Clubsport 24h in the race, driven by top motorsport stars. Plus, three classic Golf GTIs will join the fun at the ADAC 24h Classic race. It’s going to be an unforgettable celebration!

The Golf GTI Clubsport 24h is a powerful race car with a top speed of 270 km/h. It weighs 1,170 kg and has a turbocharged engine that delivers 450 Nm of torque to the front axle. The driver team, assembled by Max Kruse Racing, includes skilled racers such as Benny Leuchter and Johan Kristoffersson. The car features sophisticated aerodynamics and a special camouflage design.

The Golf GTI Clubsport features a “Special” driving profile designed for the Nürburgring Nordschleife track, optimizing performance and torque via an electronically controlled front differential lock. It also offers the option to include the DCC adaptive chassis control, and adjusts driving dynamics systems to better suit the track’s unique characteristics.

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Motorsport is serving as a testbed for alternative fuels. The Golf GTI Clubsport 24h used by Max Kruse Racing in the 24-hour race showcases the potential of the new Golf GTI Clubsport. The race car’s 348 PS 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is powered by a new bioethanol fuel from Shell called E20, which enables more efficient operation and reduces CO2 emissions by 35 to 40 percent.

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