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It’s human nature to want what you can’t have. American car enthusiasts stare longingly across the Atlantic at all the cool and unusual products their European counterparts have access to.
A month ago we put the spotlight on VW’s Scirocco GT24 CNG Race Cars, announcing that they’ll be competing at the Nurburgring 24-hour race in the class for cars with alternative power. The race has come and gone and VW has made a solid statement with the sweep of the podium with a 1-2-3 finish.
Sadly this continues our saga of wishing that the VW Scirocco will make its way to North America. These 330-hp GT24-CNG race cars omit 80-percent less CO2 while maintaining 100% of its reliability, as shown in its 24-hour outing at Nurburgring. The 2.0L turbocharged engine also contributed in setting the fastest lap time by a FWD vehicle with 9m 04.710s.
Car #117 placed first in the alternative power class piloted by Ickx, Al-Attiyah, Depping and Niedzwicz. Car #118 finished second and car #116 finished third.
We have to admit, the VW Scirocco already looked great every time we spot it on the Web or outside North America. We can only wish that more attention is paid to the car in bringing it over to North America. These results also prove that alternative power is becoming a formidable force out on the track.
[Source: German Car Scene]
Every time we set our eyes on the new VW Scirocco (like at the Nitto Tires booth at the Tokyo Auto Salon), we were jealous to say the least that North America will never get this beauty. This decision was made in 2008 by Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s CEO, stating that the Scirocco would negatively affect GTI sales. The sad thing is, we feel that not bringing the Scirocco to America negatively affects overall VW sales. We believe there are plenty of enthusiasts out there that would purchase a Scirocco that wouldn’t even look at any other VW chassis.
Nonetheless, the Scirocco is making splashes worldwide as Volkswagen just announced that they’ll be fielding three Scirocco race car concepts at the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race starting on May 12. Much like Porsche is working with campaigning their hybrids on the track, VW will be campaigning these race cars with a modified engine to run compressed natural gas (CNG). These CNG engines are 2.0L TSI motors and by running on natural gas they reduce CO2 output by 80-percent over a traditional gasoline-powered motor. Amazingly it still produces 330-hp.
The fastest test time that one of these Sciroccos has achieved is 8:47:335, which is very promising for VW. Overall there is a lot of new technology embedded in this vehicle, showing that times are changing – even on the race track.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye these Sciroccos (and the rest of the field) at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race and report back.
Interestingly enough, Nitto Tires in Japan turned towards a VW for its main display vehicle. The new VW Scirocco is definitely attractive in its own rights. Sporting KW Suspension and displaying Nitto’s NT05 rubber, this Scirocco is one of the cleanest we’ve seen yet worldwide.
GALLERY: Nitto Tires VW Scirocco