Before the next GTI Meet in Worthersee (Austria) in May 2019 and to bridge the gap, Volkswagen, once again, is inviting fans to join the company in Wolfsburg at the end of the summer. In addition to an extremely varied supporting event for the whole family, a very special GTI procession is also planned as an event highlight. Fans can drive their own GTI's through the Volkswagen plant where the first Golf GTI rolled off the production line in 1976.
Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management and responsible for Sales says “Last year’s event received incredible feedback from the fans. It was really exciting! The GTI family has an amazing fan base all over the world, some of whom will be travelling to our main plant. We can’t wait to say a big hello to our GTI fans!”
Volkswagen is also hosting the German Première of the new Golf GTI TCR Concept Car. The vehicle was first presented at Worthersee back in May. With 290 PS and a top speed of 264 km/h, the new Golf GTI is the fastest GTIs.
Volkswagen's first purely electric racing car, the 500kW (680 PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak, which was constructed in just 8 months, will also be showcased at the GTI Coming Home Wolfsburg 2018.
Volkswagen has already set two world record with this new electric racing car. On the 24th June, Romain Dumas not only beat the previous record for electric racing at Pikes Peak National Climb 2018, but also set a new all-time record for the world famous hill climb at 7:57.148 minutes.
Just three weeks later, the 40 year old Frenchman drove the I.D. R Pikes Peak to set a new electric vehicle record of 43.86 seconds at Goodwood Festival of Speed. - 3.48 Seconds faster that the previous record which was set back in 2013.
The event starts at 10am with the programme scheduled to start with the official welcome on the main stage of the AOK arena at 11am.
J.P Performance will be hosting the proceedings on the stage. The agenda for the day includes a number of events such as motorcade and fan drives. There will be a number of refreshments available to keep fans watered and refreshed, such as Worthersee-style food trucks.
The event this year will be sponsored by the Autostadt, who will be presenting the tuning award for the customised Volkswagens.
To enter into the competition, all you need to do is drive through the Photo Drive in the short-stay car park at 9am where there will be professional photographers on hand to take photos of private vehicles alongside sporty icons such as the GTI W12-6502 Concept Car.
The well-known tuning expert Lina Van de Mars will be hosting the photoshoot and introducing the cars along with their owners. Participants will then be given a link where they can download a copy of their photos. Any of these photos that are then uploaded to Instagram using the hashtag #autostadttuningaward will also be entered into the Autostadt competition. The winner will be the photo with the most likes.
The main prize is a weekend at the Autostadt with an action packed programme: the highlights include a meet & greet with Lina Van de Mars and a trip in a Golf MkI GTI from the ZeitHaus collection.
Historic Golf and Beetle Buses will travel between the Volkswagen arena and the Autostadt, providing visitors access to both areas. The Autostadt event arena will be open at 9am and close at 4pm.
The GTI procession through the plant that is planned for the afternoon will pass through the east gate via the central route down Mittelstrasse to Südstrasse, past the Brand Tower and on to the Kraftwerk. Vehicles will be required to register on site if they wish to take part is the procession, which will be open up to 250 vehicles. If there ends up being more people interested in taking part than there are places then the time of the registration on site will be used to determine who can participate.
Parking spaces right next to the stadium will be available exclusively for GTI Drivers only. Further parking will be signposted in the vicinity of the arena. Parking will be free and will be available on a first come, first served basis.