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Volkswagen is set to challenge for honours at this coming weekend’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, with no less than five factory-fielded VW Motorsport entries. Leading the charge are three 450 hp Golf24 cars, a thoroughbred racing version of the world’s highest-volume production car.


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Powered by a 450 hp 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, the four-wheel drive Golf24 features a sequential six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters and wears a rather spectacular body shell.


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The three cars will be piloted by an assortment of drivers, ranging from seasoned Nordschleife drivers such as Peter Terting and Patrick Simon, ex-Formula 1 veterans Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell right through to the likes of Volkswagen junior René Rast and DTM rookie Edoardo Mortara.


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The two other VW factory cars are 330 hp Scirocco GT24-CNG versions, which will contest for honours in the class for vehicles with alternative powertrains. Of note is the three-man crew for one of the vehicles – Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz, Giniel de Villiers, the three Dakar Champions from 2009, 2010 and 2011, who will take on the Nordschleife together in a blue and orange Scirocco GT24-CNG. They will be joined by former DTM racer Klaus Niedzwiedz, who will be the fourth driver for both Sciroccos.