They have achieved their goal: 12 apprentices from Wolfsburg today presented their 279 kW Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition at the 33rd Wörthersee GTI meeting. Their sporty two-door model is painted in Absolute red with decor strips in Negro Magico black. Many other optical and technical details also reflect the ideas for their dream GTI developed by budding skilled workers from Volkswagen and Sitech Sitztechnik. In the implementation of the project and in choosing the name for their car, the young people, aged between 18 and 23, were inspired by the 40th anniversary of the Golf. The first standard Golf rolled off the production line at Wolfsburg in 1974, followed by the first Golf GTI in 1976.
The Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition is a visible result of high-quality practical training at Volkswagen. From the collection of initial ideas through to today's world premiere before more than 200,000 car fans in Reifnitz am Wörthersee, budding automotive mechatronics technicians, vehicle paint technicians, vehicle interior fitters and process technicians specializing in plastics and rubber engineering invested many hours in the project. The four young women and eight men planned, tested and implemented almost everything themselves. In doing so, they gained considerable specialist expertise. They also developed to form a strong team of which project manager and instructor Holger Schülke is especially proud.
Over the past nine months, the four women and eight men reshaped a standard Golf GTI Performance in line with their own ideas, both technically and in terms of appearance. The modified 2.0-l TSI engine from the Golf R2 has an output 279 kW. The unique GTI is fitted with a carbon air box and a hand-welded stainless steel exhaust system with vacuum valve control allowing the volume of the engine sound to be regulated.
For the optical design of their car, the apprentices decided on a red and black interior and exterior color scheme that gives the Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition an expressive note. The car is entirely hand-painted and was ground and polished several times to ensure a seamless paint finish.
The exterior is dominated by absolute red uni paintwork. Black (Negro Magico Pearl) decor strips and hand-crafted high-gloss black attachments give the vehicle a sporty note: the one-off parts include spoilers and claw-type inserts on the front bumper, door sills, and a rear spoiler with additional flaps and a rear diffuser. Wide triple stripes run over the centre of the bonnet, roof and roof edge spoiler. The side stripes fading to the rear are reminiscent of the first-generation Golf GTI. The apprentices have positioned a special eyecatcher in this stripes on the doors; the Wolfsburg Skyline in absolute red, featuring eight Wolfsburg landmarks, Schloss Wolfsburg, Planetarium, the Car Towers at Autostadt, Phaeno, Autostadt Customer Center, Volkswagen Arena (the VfL Wolfsburg soccer stadium), the Volkswagen power plant and headquarters building. The hand-made lasered Wolfsburg emblems on the horn button and the hubcaps also honor the "cradle" of the Golf.
The interior continues the color scheme with considerable attention to detail: two Recaro bucket seats at the front and a rear seat bench with black leather upholstery, red stripes over the headrests and inverted side bolsters covered in GTI tartan (Clark). The black leather multi-function steering wheel features decorative seams and painted absolute red spokes. The high-gloss black trim strips on the door trims have sprayed GTI logos. Another feature that called for extremely precise working was the hand-crafted center console with an integrated, stowable iPhone Docking Station.
The apprentices also put new technologies to use: for example, the charge air pressure display is a one-off part produced using a 3-D printer in the research department. The additional instruments (charge air pressure gauge, stopwatch and oil temperature gauge) were integrated into the central console above the infotainment display. The Wolfsburg skyline was also applied to the interior door trims using a special embossing technique, which means that the skyline emerges from the leather.
For the power festival at Wörthersee, a really extravagant audio system is also important. This is why the Golf GTI Wörthersee features a high-and sound system with an output of 2,170 W and 11 on-board speakers. In the boot, a monobloc amplifier with integrated LED lighting, a powerful subwoofer in the left module and a PlayStation with 24-inch LED-LCD TV set optical and acoustic highlights.
Since 2008, Volkswagen has offered its best apprentices the opportunity to expand their specialist knowledge and to demonstrate their creativity and teamwork capabilities on special vehicle projects like the Wörthersee GTI. The Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition is the seventh apprentice GTI to make its world debut in Reifnitz. Its predecessors were also attractions at major events such as the IdeenExpo in Hanover.
Opinions on the Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition:
Sarah Till (22), apprentice vehicle paint technician from Helmstedt: "My personal highlight is the absolute red Wolfsburg Skyline. It really looks great in combination with the black side stripes."
Sebastian Wagner (21), apprentice automotive mechatronics technician from Süpplingen, Helmstedt Rural District: "I like the hand-welded stainless steel exhaust system with vacuum valve control. It allows you to turn the engine volume up and down. Normally, you can only do that with a Porsche."
Nathalie Magnus (23), apprentice automotive mechatronics technician from Rühen, Gifhorn Rural District: "I demonstrated performance and perseverance in my training and it was an honor for me to work on the Wörthersee GTI. I am proud to be in Austria with my colleagues."
Sina Golkowski (19), apprentice process technician specializing in plastics and rubber engineering from Tülau, Gifhorn Rural District: "We worked hard on our dream GTI. I think it looks fantastic and will be very popular with the crowd at Wörthersee."
Holger Schülke, project manager and instructor: "The Wörthersee GTI is a real highlight and an important project for vocational training at Volkswagen."
Prof. Heiko Gintz, Head of Vocational Training with Volkswagen in Wolfsburg: "By working on the Wörthersee GTI project, our apprentices learn about the complexity of automobile production. During the creation of their vehicle, our budding skilled workers cooperate with experts from a variety of different professional families – from initial sketches through to approval by the Board of Management. This vehicle project offers our apprentices the best opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of their experienced colleagues from the entire company."
Klaus Mohrs, Mayor of the City of Wolfsburg: "I am excited about the Volkswagen apprentices' new GTI. The landmarks of Wolfsburg are really well presented. The apprentices' GTI will be an ambassador of our city at the Wörthersee meeting."
GTI creations of apprentices for the Wörthersee meeting:
- 2008: Golf GTI Performance
- 2009: Golf GTI Street
- 2010: Golf GTI Yellow Pearl
- 2011: Golf GTI Reifnitz
- 2012: Golf GTI Black Dynamic
- 2013: Golf GTI Cabrio Austria
- 2014: Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition