Wolfsburg, 23. May 2008 – this is one way to heat up the atmosphere. Long before the scirocco reaches customers in fall 2008, the coupe will be appearing at the 24. And 25. May for its baptism of fire. At this year’s 24-hour race on the nordschleife, vw motorsport will send a version of the scirocco prepared for the race track over the legendary course in the eifel region. A two-seater racing cab version of the blue racer will be presented by volkswagen two days before the start of the race at the traditional gti meeting at worthersee in austria.
325 hp from two liters of displacement
On the engine side, the long-distance racer is not too far removed from series production: it is powered by a modified 2.0-liter tfsi engine that also powers the golf gti or audi s3 in series production. For the green holle, however, the power unit has been given another performance boost: while the currently most powerful production version of the turbocharged gasoline engine in the audi tts delivers 272 hp, the racing scirocco is powered by 325 horses at 6500 rpm. Typical for the tfsi: the motorsport power unit also provides its maximum torque of 340 newton meters at moderate revs – in this case 2100 revs. The scirocco is equipped with vw’s dsg dual-clutch gearbox for stress-free shifting in the labyrinth of bends in the eifel. Just like its more civilian brother, the racing vw is also front-wheel drive. Vw motorsport representative and scirocco driver hans-joachim stuck, however, attests the racer an impressively high adhesion of the front axle despite front-wheel drive.
Everything under control
The technicians counter the enormous power of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a racing brake system from specialists ap racing. Thanks to generously dimensioned, slotted discs, the brakes are designed to withstand even the grueling continuous use of a 24-hour race without any problems. Not much in the interior is reminiscent of the series-production vw: a welded-in fia-standard kafig provides additional rigidity and safety. A recaro racing shell with head protector, the six-point seat belt, the fire extinguisher system and the digital instrument cluster typical of racing cars round off the interior conversion modifications. In total, vw enters the race with three sciroccos and twelve pilots. Among others, "strietzel" stuck will be joined by rally legend carlos sainz and dr. Ulrich hackenberg, vw board member for technical development, will take the wheel – let’s see who’s faster.