265kW Golf GTI built by apprentices
It's not so much a car as a statement of intent in black and red.
This one-of-a-kind Volkswagen Black Dynamic GTI, complete with a 265kW TSI engine and lowered sport suspension, was built by nine VW apprentices from four disciplines in only seven months.
Special features include hand-cut GTI badging in the doors and hatch, and a nine-speaker, 1800 watt sound system under a specially made plexiglass cover in the boot.
ALL THEIR OWN WORK
The five guys and four girls - all between 18 and 24 - did all the work themselves, from the sport seats upholstered in black-and-red Alcantara and leather, the interior door trim with decorative red seams and the metallic black exterior finish combined with flat grey film trim to the engine, which tuned are tuned to produce an extra 110kW, and the oversized exhaust system and the eight-piston brake system.
They designed the modifications, selected parts from the VW model range were they could, negotiated with suppliers where they couldn't, and assembled the car themselves.
“Where else do you get an opportunity like that?”
Apprentice automotive mechatronics technician Martin Schmidt, 22, was responsible for stamping the GTI lettering in a deep-drawing process.
He said: “We have learned so much, developing our own ideas and implementing them in 'our' car.”
Professor Heiko Gintz, head of vocational training at Wolfsburg, said: “We are proud of the creativity of our apprentices - that's why we give our best trainees the opportunity to extend their knowledge with projects such as the GTI Black Dynamic.”
The Golf GTI Black Dynamic will be seen in public for the first time this weekend at the 31st GTI Festival at Reifnitz on the Wörthersee in Austria, attended by about 150 000 Volkswagen and custom-car fans.
ROLL OF HONOUR - the Black Dynamic team
Charleen Pohle (19), Interior constructor
Sarah Unverzagt (20), Paint technician
Laura Krätz (18), Paint technician
Christian Wolter (23) Paint technician
Lisa Batke (19), Automotive mechatronics technician
Roman Huck (24), Automotive mechatronics technician
Richard Neubert (18), Automotive mechatronics technician
Martin Schmidt (22), Automotive mechatronics technician
Tim Köhler (19), Process mechanic for plastic and rubber technology.