As VW introduce the fastest GTI ever, the Clubsport S, with it they also introduce a new lap record at the Nürburgring.

The GTI Clubsport S, driven by German Racing driver Benny Leuchter, managed the fastest ever time for a production FWD around the Nordschleife, with a time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds. The new GTI smashed the record previously set by the Honda Civic Type R in 2014, with a time of 7 minutes 50.63 seconds.

Volkswagen-Golf_GTI_Clubsport_S-2017-002

This new exclusive version produces 228 kW, does 0-100 in 5.8 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 260 km/h.

Naturally, the raw figures don’t reflect the car’s true potential. The Nordschleife comes into play here. Thus the new Clubsport S comes with a dedicated Nürburgring setting, courtesy of the individually configurable Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and a driving profile selector.

Volkswagen-Golf_GTI_Clubsport_S-2017-003

Only 400 Clubsport S GTI’s will ever be produced, where over 100 cars are being delivered to German customers. The Clubsport S is only available with 2 doors, 2 seats and strictly a manual transmission, in order to keep weight as low as possible.

Other weight-saving measures include a smaller battery, no interior insulation, removal of the variable-height trunk floor, the rear parcel shelf, and the floor mats. An aluminium subframe for the front suspension and aluminium brake covers also help the cause.

Volkswagen-Golf_GTI_Clubsport_S-2017-004

The unladen weight is 1,285 kg, resulting in a great power-to-weight ratio. The lack of weight also means greater fuel efficiency, with an NEDC rating of 8.9 l/100km (equivalent to 172 g/km CO2).

The Clubsport S also comes with 19” Michelin semi-slick tyres and buckets seats as standard. The braking system has also seen some modification to cope with the higher temperatures associated with track-driving. A torque-sensing LSD is also throw into the mix to help with traction.

Volkswagen-Golf_GTI_Clubsport_S-2017-005

The new GTI also features aerodynamic modifications to assist lap-times around the ‘Ring. A completely new front bumper is paired with a 2-piece roof-edge spoiler and diffuser at the back for greater downforce and stability.