VW Golf GTI Transformed Into Electrifying GTE HyRACER

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cars in the automotive industry. Put it on a list and we’d venture to guess that the majority of people could successfully identify the hot hatch. Of course, the original was meticulously styled by Giugiaro, but what is this VW Golf GTE HyRACER?

With a name like that, you’d probably expect Jeremy Clarkson with exterior mirrors or a GTI TCR with license plates stuck on. This is not the case, however, as this vehicle is the culmination of the painstaking efforts of a learning program in Autostadt, Wolfsburg. Volkswagen Retail Group Germany interns had a few months to customize the GTI to their liking. The group came up with the HyRACER concept, where the “Hy” stands for hybrid and “RACER” for the motorsport DNA behind the homologated car for the road they have created.

“Once a year the most passionate fans of the Volkswagen brand and in particular the Golf GTI come together to exchange ideas and celebrate together,” said Jürgen Stackmann, member of the Volkswagen Brand Sales Board. . “Not only the fans but also our interns have been looking forward to these days for many years.”

While the hybrid powertrain appears to be the vehicle’s party piece, details on the unit are quite scarce. Of course, the combination only produces 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts), but we’d love to see the torque numbers before making any real judgments. Not a big concern though, as it looks like the performance of this car is way greater than the sum of its parts.

Along with its hybrid powertrain, the vehicle features a bespoke body kit designed and built by the team of apprentices. The new panels consist of a front splitter, flared fenders, a rear diffuser and a roof spoiler fitted with an Arteon brake light. In addition to massaging the body, the HyRACER sits on 19-inch black powder-coated wheels designed by the engineering team.

With just a few months to see what they could accomplish, we can’t imagine what the team could have created if they hadn’t been against the clock. Who knows if we’ll find out, but it’s clear the future for the German automaker looks bright if this group of people has anything to do with it.

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