Volkswagen clearly wants to make sure its Golf GTI Clubsport S continues to remain the “FWD King of the ‘Ring,” which is why the company sent the hot hatch back to the famous track to beat its own record time.

The end result is a time of 7 minutes and 47.19 seconds, more than two seconds faster than its previous attempt of 7 minutes and 49:21 seconds. Compared to its closest rival, the current Honda Civic Type R (7 minutes 50.63 seconds), the Volkswagen is more than three seconds quicker.

Looking at the vehicles further down the lap times list, the Golf GTI Clubsport S is also quicker than a BMW M2 (7 minutes 58 seconds), the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R (7 minutes 54.36 seconds) and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (7 minutes 52 seconds).

The Clubsport S is a significant step up from a regular Golf GTI, beginning with a tweaked 2.0 litre TSI mill that provides 310 PS and 380 Nm of torque that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

The car also benefits from an improved chassis that provides better stability, as well as minimising understeer. Grippy tyres (Michelin Sport Cup 2), retuned brakes and a rear seat delete kit help to improve the car’s performance further.

According to Volkswagen, the eight degree Celsius conditions were perfect for keeping the car’s engine and tires working at their best to set the time. However, if you want one, there’s some bad news as only 400 units of the model will be made.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S