VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport S
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- 9. 5. 2016 ob 16:10 #10007
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It’s official, the most powerful Golf GTI ever, the Clubsport S, has broken the lap record at the Nürburgring’s Nordshleife with a time of 7:49.21, more than a second faster than the previous record.
The car was developed to celebrate the GTI’s 40th anniversary, and will therefore be limited to a production run of 400 car worldwide. The car will only come in the same colors as the original GTI: “Tornado Red,” “Pure White,” and “Deep Black Pearl.”
The Clubsport S is based on the two door Golf, and is being called a “pure two-seater.” Shedding the rear seats has amounted in the biggest weight savings, but it doesn’t stop there. The car only comes in manual to save weight, and the central armrest, insulation, variable-height trunk floor, rear parcel shelf, and floor mats have all been left at the factory.
The car is built on an aluminum subframe for the front suspension and brake covers made of the same also help in the weight loss regimen. Thanks to bigger wheels and tires—19-inch “Pretoria” aluminum alloys with Michelin Sport Cup 2s attached—a strut brace, and a carpet in the rear, though, some of the weight is added back. In all the weight savings amount to 66 pounds, as compared to the Cubsport not-S.
The unladen weight is a trim 2,833 lbs, and laden weight of 2,998. The power to weight ration is therefore 9.14 lbs per hp.
The engine makes its 305 hp thanks to a modified ECU, new exhaust system (that allows for deliberate backfires!), and a new fuel pump that gets more gas to what was the sane 1,984 cc engine out of the regular GTI.
The brake system has also been improved to keep up with the added power. The disc bells are made of aluminum—which reduces the unsprung mass of each wheel by 2.2 lbs—and are connected to the steel discs by cast location pins that allows them to expand under the heat of heavy braking.
And don’t think that this is an understeering maniac. The aerodynamic mods that the team added to the car make it track day darling. Thanks to the front and rear spoilers more downforce is generated over the back axles than the front, meaning that the Clubsport GTI has practically no understeer, says VW.
“It was obvious to all of us that [the regular] 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.”
“To neutralize the understeer and at the same time boost grip levels, we counteracted understeer on the front axle and specially designed the hub carriers,” resulting in higher camber angles, he adds.
The result is that even at full acceleration, the car has great traction. ESC will also bail you out if you give it too much of a kick, but that can be completely turned off with a two-stage switch on the center console if you’re a more experienced driver.
VW, though, had the Nürburgring in its sights from the beginning, and the car features an exclusive setting just for the track that can be selected from the driving profile selector, which configures the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).
“In the ‘Individual’ driving profile, the engineers have developed a setting that is fine-tuned to suit the unique conditions of the Nürburgring,” write Volkswagen in a press release. The setting switches the sound, engine, and steering parameters to a unique setting that can’t be accessed otherwise.
You can also read a full account of the record setting lap below from Volkswagen.
Chronology of a record-setting drive
Wolfsburg / Nürburgring, May 2016 – A cool spring morning. The Nürburgring Nordschleife. Temperatures slowly rise. Warmed up, the car waits, crackling in the pit lane. The new Golf GTI Clubsport S. The mission: to write history.
Race car driver Benny Leuchter (28) Leuchter puts on his helmet and gives Karsten Schebsdat a hand signal: “I’m ready.” Schebsdat is the Head of Volkswagen Chassis Tuning and is part of the team that developed the 165-mph Golf GTI Clubsport S. Passionate Volkswagen people from Development, Marketing, Communications and Sales worked on this car. GTI fans. They spent many months refining the “normal” GTI Clubsport and the Golf GTI TCR racer into a sporty jewel. Now they want to know what their baby can do.
Schebsdat taps Leuchter’s helmet. He starts the car, selects the “Individual” driving profile mode and thereby activates the setting for the Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), which manages special settings for the engine, steering and adaptive chassis control system (DCC). The Nordschleife has a unique combination of bends and road bumps. “To break the record here, the GTI must be fast in the bends while simultaneously handling the bumps and leaps”, explains Leuchter as he closes the driver’s door. The Clubsport S specializes in this. The time will be measured by breaking a light beam. Leuchter drives out of the pit lane. One lap. 20.832 kilometers. A flying start. The clock is running.
The Clubsport S thunders into the Hatzenbach. Into 4th gear. “The car has to absorb the curbs cleanly”, Leuchter says via radio. “We have put a high priority on the GTI being stable on the curbs too”, says Schebsdat in the pit lane with a glance at the clock. The Clubsport S flies through the Hocheichen section. 4th gear, at speeds up to just over 115 mph. Full speed ahead, a longer stretch of straightaway down to Quiddelbach Höhe, then the Flugplatz. Two right-hand bends, very fast, 5th gear; good for 134 mph.
“Making sure that I am back on the gas early, because I am now heading towards Schwedenkreuz”, says Leuchter. “Upshift to 6th gear.” At nearly 150 mph, the Clubsport S flies over the crest at Schwedenkreuz. “The car is super at absorbing everything; it rebounds and immediately recovers.” Back to 5th gear. Backfire from the exhaust system. Now left into Schwedenkreuz. Applying the brakes, 3rd gear. Aremberg and then into the Fuchsröhre. Leuchter: “It all works at full throttle. Going very fast. But the car must be perfectly aligned when it enters the Fuchsröhre.” The GTI reaches the Adenauer Forest. Towards Metzgesfeld now. Fast left bend. He stays on record time, because the GTI has tremendous downforce. Through the Kallenhard section, “it is possible to brake hard at the last instant, but it still remains fully steerable”, Leuchter would later report. He continues: “I can trust the car. Even on the bumps. That is important to be really fast on the Nordschleife.”
Wehrseifen now, nearly halfway around at 9 kilometers. At Ex-Mühle, a fast uphill right: “Normally, a front-wheel-drive car understeers here. The GTI Clubsport S only exhibits it slightly at the entrance to the bend. Ex-Mühle is also bumpy. The Golf handles it superbly.” Out of this bend and towards Kesselchen. Kilometer 12. The GTI flattens out the bumps and curbs, and doesn’t jump a single millimeter. Kilometer 13. The Karussell. Leuchter: “Concrete, very bumpy, the GTI doesn’t jump here either.” Hohe Acht. Now the Eifel hills become more alpine, and the Nordschleife gets even more challenging.
Leuchter’s favorite passage: “Every meter from Hohe Acht down to Brünnchen is demanding on car and driver. Wippermann, for example: Enter very fast. Just touch the curbs on the left slightly, then full over to the right. Even here this GTI remains true to its line. That is the key to a really fast lap.” Final sprint. Pflanzgarten, the second jump over the crest. The GTI lifts briefly, comes back down and can be driven very quickly through the double right that follows. Leuchter: “Even when it rebounds to the limits, the GTI follows steering inputs.”
Kilometer 17, the Stefan-Bellof S bend. Bellof set the record on the Nordschleife in Porsche 956.007 with 650 PS. Leuchter is following Bellof’s wheeltracks with 340 PS less, but in the same spirit. Schwalbenschwanz, Galgenkopf: “The Galgenkopf is also crucial for a fast lap. If I can drive out of it at high speed, I can reach the Döttinger Höhe at a speed of more than 155 mph” Seconds later, the Golf GTI Clubsport S shoots through the light beam at the finish. A time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds. The fastest front-wheel-drive time around the Nordschleife. Ever.
Volkswagen have just released footage of the full lap that broke the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for front-wheel-drive cars. Honda held the record previously at 7:50.61, but the Golf GTI Clubsport S has now beaten that record by a little over a second with a time of 7:49.21. The record was set by touring car driver Benny Leuchter early this month.
The Clubsport S pulls around 1.5 G in the corners, and as much under braking thanks to its sticky Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires and a suspension setup for the track. The lap never looks scary, but it is fast. Leuchter gets up to around 150 mph on the straight, and VW say it’s capable of 165 mph.
This is a special car for Volkswagen, as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the GTI. The car has been stripped down and given more power, so unlike other GTIs, it’s not as sensible as it is fast. The Clubsport S is a hardcore, track focused car and as a result only 400 will leave the factory.
It’s not just a car, it’s the Volkswagen feeling!9. 5. 2016 ob 16:14 #10008
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S je novi rekorder Nürburgringa
Volkswagen praznuje štiridesetletnico modela Golf GTI z novo divjo izvedenko, ki je podrla rekord na slovitem Nürburgringu.
Bliskovito hitri Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S je prevozil krog na slovitem dirkališču Nordschleife hitreje kot Honda Civic Type R. Štoparice so se ustavile pri 7 minutah 49 sekundah in 21 stotinkah, zato si je Clubsport S prislužil naslov najhitrejšega serijskega športnika s pogonom na sprednji kolesni par. Za volan je sedel Benny Leuchter, 28-letni nemški dirkač.
Tako kot pri Meganeu R.S. 275 Trophy-R bodo izdelali le 400 oštevilčenih primerkov dirkalnika, ki ima v notranjosti nameščena le sprednja sedeža, zato ga bomo v Sloveniji le težko videli.
motor – 1.984 ccm štirivaljni TSI
moč – 228 kW/310 KM, 380 Nm med 1.700-5.300
najvišja hitrost – 265 km/h
pospeševanje 0-100 km/h – 5.8 s
masa – 1.285 kg
platišča – 19-palčna
pnevmatike – Michelin Sport Cup 2, 235/35 ZR19
menjalnik – 6-stopenjski ročni, pogon na sprednja kolesa
Golf Clubsport S je bil podvržen resni shujševalni kuri – zadaj so odstranili klop, akumulator je manjši, manj je zvočne izolacije, zavrgli so predpražnike in amortizerje na pokrovu motorja ter podokvir sprednje osi naredili iz aluminija. Z vsemi ukrepi so prihranili 30 kilogramov v primerjavi z običajnim Golfom Clubsport. Za napad na rekord so sistem DCC nastavili na popoln napad, posodobili so tudi zavore, ki so pripomogle k podiranju rekorda.
Kupci se bodo lahko odločali med tremi barvami, ki izvirajo iz leta 1976, ko je bil predstavljen prvi Golf GTI. Neodvisno od izbire zunanje barve, bo streha vedno obarvana v metalno črno barvo.
Za boljšo zvočno kuliso skrbi 10 milimetrov širši izpušni sistem, ki, sodeč po Volkswagnu, vozniku pripravi pravo zvočno simfonijo.
Postavil je rekord na Nürburgringu – Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S
Volkswagen je ta teden na vsakoletni prireditvi ob Vrbskem jezeru predstavil brutalni golf GTI clubsport S, s katerim so postavili tudi rekord za najhitrejši proizvodni model na sprednji kolesi na Nürburgringu.
Volkswagen golf GTI clubsport S je tako dosegel čas 7:49:21, kar je celo hitrejše od časa, ki ga je dosegel renault megane RS trophy R (7:54:36). Kljub temu zunaj ni večji posebnosti, poleg tega pa je nabriti golf obut v 19-palčna platišča michelin sport cup 2. Več zanimivosti je pod pokrovom motorja, kjer gnezdi 2,0-litrski turbobencinski štirivaljnik z močjo 228 kW (310 KM) in 380 Nm navora med 1.700 in 5.300 vrtljaji. To je dovolj, da lahko clubsport S do stotice pospeši v 5,8 sekunde, merilnik hitrosti pa se ustavi šele pri 265 km/h.
Za doseg teh številk so morali odstraniti zadnjo klop, sredinski naslov, zadnjo polico, predpražnike in izolacijo. Avtomobil ima tudi manjši akumulator in lažji ročni menjalnik, ki je tudi edini menjalnik v ponudbi. Aluminijasti zavorni pokrovi zmanjšajo nevzmeteno maso vsakega kolesa za 10 kilogramov, kar še dodatno zmanjša težo in izboljša vodljivost sicer 1.285 kilogramov težkega avtomobila (z voznikom in prtljago tehta 1.360 kilogramov). Poleg okleščene teže so na voljo še posebne zavore za izboljšano zaviranje, športno podvozje, posodobljen izpušni sistem in nova črpalka za gorivo. V notranjosti sta sicer ostala športna sedeža, rdeča varnostna pasova in prestavna ročica oblečena v fino brušeno usnje alcantara, v slednjega je odet tudi športni volan.
Za doseg novega rekorda pa so Volkswagnovi inženirji morali prilagoditi individualni način vožnje, v katerem lahko sicer vozniki sami spreminjajo nastavitve motorja in krmilnega sistema, inženirji pa so nastavitve spremenili tako, da je avtomobil lahko z enostavnostjo premagal zahtevnost proge Nürburgring. Pravzaprav so se postavke zvok, motor in krmiljenje nastavili na ‘race’, dinamično podvozje pa je ostalo v komfortnem načinu. Volkswagen bo prodal samo 400 primerkov avtomobila, od katerih jih bo 100 ostalo v Nemčiji. Na voljo bodo tri barve: tornado rdeča, čisto bela in globoko črna z bleščečim učinkom. Vse strehe bodo črne barve, na voljo pa bo izključno v trivratni izvedbi. Cena? Dobrih 40 tisočakov.
It’s not just a car, it’s the Volkswagen feeling!
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