Golf GTI Clubsport S verbreekt Nürburgring record

Leusden, 4 mei 2016 – Volkswagen onthult tijdens het GTI Treffen aan de Wörthersee in Oostenrijk de nieuwe Golf GTI Clubsport S. Deze 228kW/310pk sterke super-GTI, die Volkswagen ter ere van de 40e verjaardag van de Golf GTI uitbrengt, heeft met een tijd van tijd van 07:49.21 het rondenrecord voor voorwielaangedreven productieauto’s op de legendarische Duitse Nordschleife verbroken.

Tien belangrijke feiten over de Golf GTI Clubsport S

  1. De meest krachtige Golf GTI ooit vestigt een nieuw rondenrecord voor voorwielaangedreven productieauto’s op de Nordschleife met een tijd van 07:49.21;
  2. Van deze 228 kW/310 pk sterke Golf GTI, die in slechts 5,8 sec. van 0 naar 100 raast, worden slechts 400 exemplaren geproduceerd;
  3. De Golf GTI Clubsport S heeft een speciale Nürburgring-stand, die via het keuzemenu kan worden geselecteerd;
  4. De Nürburgring-stand stemt de adaptieve chassis controle (DCC), de motor, de besturing en de uitlaatsound af op de karakteristieken van de Nordschleife;
  5. Het chassis van de Golf GTI Clubsport S werd tijdens uitgebreide circuittests minutieus gefinetuned en compleet nieuw afgesteld;
  6. Dankzij een verder beperkt gewicht van 1.285 kg (EU) zorgt het vermogen van 228 kW/310 pk voor een sportwagenwaardige gewicht-vermogenverhouding van 4,15 kg/pk. (EU leeggewicht incl. bestuurder en bagage: 1.360 kg);
  7. Een nieuw uitlaatsysteem met een grotere uitlaatpijp vóór de achterste demper zorgt bij het afremmen voor een grotere tegendruk;
  8. De Golf GTI Clubsport S is een tweedeurs-, tweepersoons auto waarbij de achterbank is verwijderd om gewicht te besparen;
  9. De Golf GTI Clubsport S staat op 19 inch wielen met Pretoria-velgen en semi-slickbanden;
  10. Het productienummer 001/400 tot 400/400 in het interieur geeft aan dat het hier om een exclusieve special edition gaat.
Meer details over de Golf GTI Clubsport S zijn beschikbaar in de onderstaande, Engelstalige persinformatie.


The world premiere of the Golf GTI Clubsport S
The Golf GTI Clubsport S flies over the start/finish line of the "Green Hell" like an arrow. With German racing driver Benny Leuchter (28) at the wheel, the most powerful Golf GTI ever has just smashed the existing lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Future contenders will have to beat Leuchter's time in the GTI: 07:49:21. This exclusive new sports car is based on the Golf GTI Clubsport that was developed to celebrate the GTI's 40th anniversary. Even that model blurs the boundaries between production and racing cars, with its 195 kW/265 PS (which can temporarily peak at 213 kW/290 PS using the boost function) as well as aerodynamics that have been completely redesigned in many areas resulting in improved downforces. With the Golf GTI Clubsport S celebrating its world premiere at the GTI event at Lake Wörthersee (4-7 May), Volkswagen is topping off the legendary model line with a new crown. The hard performance data of the new Golf GTI flagship are permanently available power of 228 kW/310 PS; acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds; a top speed of 265 km/h (not limited) and an EU unladen weight (incl. the driver and luggage) that has been reduced to 1,360 kg. However, it is the record lap time around the Nordschleife that really demonstrates how exceptionally fast this car actually is.

Nürburgring setting
As a world exclusive, the Golf GTI Clubsport S comes with a setting for the most demanding race track in the world, which can be accessed using the driving profile selector. This is possible because the car is fitted as standard with the individually configurable Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and a driving profile selector. In the ‘Individual' driving profile, the engineers have developed a setting that is fine-tuned to suit the unique conditions of the Nürburgring. Over and above that, the driving profiles Comfort, Normal and Race are also available. Of course the driver can still adjust the settings in the Individual profile, as usual and can revert to the Nürburgring setting at any time before driving onto on the Nordschleife by resetting the Individual profile on the touchscreen menu. This unique configuration switches the Sound, Engine and Steering (fitted with progressive steering as standard) parameters in the Race profile as well as DCC to Comfort. However, in this instance an entirely different group of settings is hidden behind this option, instead of the normal Race and Comfort settings.

Limited to a run of 400
The production run of 400 cars is the total worldwide figure, 100 of which will be delivered to customers in Germany. The colours of the limited edition stick to those of the original GTI: "Tornado Red", "Pure White" and "Deep Black Pearl Effect", and the roof of the red or white GTI Clubsport S is also painted black. No matter where in the world this car makes an appearance, it will always be a two-door manual transmission to keep its weight down. In comparison to the two-door Golf GTI Clubsport with a manual gearbox, the net weight of the "S" was reduced significantly as follows:

Weight-to-power ratio of 4.15 kg/PS

The Golf GTI Clubsport S, which produces 380 Nm at between 1,700 and 5,300 rpm is a two-seater. Doing away with the rear seats, including the central armrest, for example, accounts for the most noticeable weight saving. A smaller battery, as well as doing without details such as the acoustic insulating material, the variable luggage compartment floor, the rear parcel shelf, the floor mats and the bonnet damping pushed the weight down yet further. An aluminium subframe on the front axle and aluminium brake bells resulted in further weight savings. The 235/35 ZR Michelin tyres mounted on 19-inch "Pretoria" alloy wheels, which are so important for performance, the equally essential DCC, as well as a strut brace, a partition net behind the seats and a carpet in the rear, on the other hand, added weight, leaving a total weight reduction of approx. 30 kg, in comparison to a similarly equipped Golf GTI Clubsport, and thus a low DIN unladen weight of just 1,285 kg (EU unladen weight, incl. driver and luggage: 1,360 kg). At 310 PS this thus results in a dynamic weight-to-power ratio of 4.15 kg/PS. Less weight also means greater efficiency: 7.4 l/100 km (equating to 172 g/km CO2).

Engine specifications
The development team exploited synergies between motorsport and production vehicles in enhancing the engine performance, as they could draw on their experience with the 243 kW/330 PS/410 Nm Golf GTI TCR – the new racing car for the TCR International Series. This also gave them the opportunity to boost the engine to a permanent 310 PS and 380 Nm and at the same time include the race set-up of the Golf GTI TCR from the Touring Car Championship. In detail, the engineers achieved this boost in performance by adaptation of the engine control unit and the use of a new exhaust system, with a diameter ahead of the exhaust tailpipes of 65 instead of 55 mm, thus reducing the exhaust backpressure and increasing the performance. A side effect of the modifications was that the exhaust system produces a wonderful and deliberate ‘backfire' when decelerating! This is particularly true for the Race driving profile (along with extra features such as higher engine speed etc.), in which the Golf GTI Clubsport S is tuned to have maximum performance and extremely agile responsiveness, just like the Nürburgring setting. In the course of the modifications the engineers also integrated a new fuel pump with increased throughput. The engine of the front-wheel drive Golf GTI Clubsport S is technically based on the 1,984 cc TSI engine that also powers the other versions of the Golf GTI and the Golf R. This is a third generation EA888 engine, and it boasts technical refinements such as a water-cooled exhaust channel to the turbocharger that is integrated in the cylinder head and variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment.

Exterior specifications
The other specifications of the most exclusive Golf GTI include the following exterior details: semi-slicks (Michelin Sport Cup 2) mounted on 19-inch "Pretoria" alloy wheels, tinted rear windows (65 per cent light-absorbing), "Clubsport S" type plates, the black painted roof (also for the red and white model) as well as Xenon headlights with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. The 17-inch brake system was also modified and is particularly stable on racing circuits, to withstand the high temperatures of the brake components. The brake bells are made of aluminium; the friction ring made of cast steel is connected to these aluminium brake bells by cast locating pins and are thus able to expand radially when they heat up. Further advantages of the new brake discs include well controlled dosage of braking force as well as stability. An important factor for the car's dynamic handling is that the unsprung mass of each wheel is a whole kilogram lower thanks to the aluminium brake bells. To further improve the hot braking performance, the Golf GTI Clubsport S also leaves the factory with special brake pads on the front and rear axles.

Interior specifications. 
Each of the 400 Golf GTI Clubsport S cars made will have its production number (001/400 to 400/400) on the centre console in the front. The driver and the front seat passenger sit in racing bucket seats that provide the necessary lateral support while flying over the Nordschleife. Also on board are the GTI insignia featured in the "normal" Golf GTI Clubsport, including the iconic golf ball gear knob with Alcantara trim, a red line in the safety belts, "Honeycomb 40" design decals (dashboard and doors) as well as elegant accents in Piano Black. Ergonomically designed for optimal performance on the racetrack, the extremely grippy Alcantara-trimmed sport steering wheel (with a chrome GTI emblem, red stitching and 12-o'clock mark) as well as stainless steel door sill plates with red GTI lettering.

From GTI Performance to the GTI Clubsport S
The idea for the Golf GTI Clubsport S originated when the team responsible for the "normal" GTI at Volkswagen tested the final version of the current Golf GTI Performance on the racetrack. "It was obvious to all of us that this GTI had immense potential", recalls Karsten Schebsdat, Head of Chassis Tuning, "so we decided to get the most performance possible out of this car. A small team went through the entire process, from bottom to top, pretty much like it was back when the first Golf GTI came into being." In addition to the weight reduction and the improvement in performance already described above, two factors are of fundamental importance when it comes to designing a really fast car: optimal aerodynamics and an outstanding chassis, both of which are characteristics of the new Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Aerodynamics
When it comes to aerodynamics and the associated downforce values, Volkswagen was able to draw on the modifications already implemented in the Golf GTI Clubsport. Both versions – the "Clubsport" and the "Clubsport S" – are characterised by completely new front bumpers.

The new design offers improvements in air supply to the engine, aerodynamics and downforce at the front. At the rear, the roof-edge spoiler that was aerodynamically perfected in the wind tunnel, and is significantly larger on the Clubsport versions than its counterpart on the Golf GTI and Golf GTI Performance, results in significantly optimised aerodynamics. There is a narrow air gap between the roof area, that is completely black, and the wing-like spoiler placed above it. The two-part roof edge spoiler extends upward above the roof line. At the sides, the spoiler merges into the black flaps on the boot lid. Multi-part spoilers of this type are complex components that perfectly fulfil the aerodynamic tasks assigned to them: to significantly increase downforce on the rear axle. A black rear diffuser is also included in this design and aerodynamics concept. To fine-tune the Clubsport versions to give them extra stability, the aerodynamics measures generate more downforce on the rear axle than on the front axle. This boost in driving stability, especially on the rear axle, is used to fine-tune the chassis to make for a smoother ride. In the case of the Golf GTI Clubsport S this means that the understeer so typical of front-wheel-drive cars is practically eliminated.

Chassis
The new Golf GTI Clubsport S has a special sport chassis. The chassis experts also reconfigured both of the axles of the Golf GTI Clubsport S. Take, for example, the rear axle: the modular performance axle has been given extra potential for directional control in order to achieve higher lateral accelerations. But without altering the McPherson front axle this would result in greater understeer. As Karsten Schebsdat, the chassis expert, explains: "To neutralise the understeer and at the same time boost grip levels, we counteracted understeer