Volkswagen will be entering three natural gas-powered Sciroccos in the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race over the weekend 12-16 May.
All three Scirocco GT24-CNG coupés are fitted with a 2.0-litre TSI engine powered by natural gas, reducing CO2 emissions by 80 per cent over a conventional petrol engine. The unit is a development of the powerplant that secured class victory last year and sees the power output increased to 330 PS.
Last year, Jimmy Johansson, Florian Gruber and Nicki Thim competed in a conventional petrol-powered Scirocco GT24 and finished as the top-placed Volkswagen team in 15th and clinched the third consecutive class win for Volkswagen. This year they are joined by touring car ace Peter Terting who steered a pioneering gas-powered Scirocco GT24-CNG to victory in the alternative powertrains category last year.
One Scirocco features several technological developments including an innovative active electro-hydraulic differential in place of the conventional system which is fitted to the other two cars. The electronically controlled system is designed to combine the functionality of the conventional system with improved handling characteristics and a reduction in understeer.
Further developments of the 2009-spec cars include a larger braking system to reduce maintenance intervals during the 24-hours, and the integration of two further light units into the front bumper to improve visibility during the hours of darkness.
As final preparations are made for this year’s 24-hour race, Volkswagen Motorsport will continue to extensively test the three Scirocco GT24-CNG racers, including contesting one final Endurance Championship race on the Nürburgring at the end of this month.
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