Volkswagen Apprentice Challenge: Amarok vs. Golf GTI at SMSP

/Volkswagen Apprentice Challenge: Amarok vs. Golf GTI at SMSP

Earlier this year, Volkswagen Australia approached us with their idea of a V6 Turbo Diesel Amarok doing battle with a Golf GTI around SMSP’s GP circuit, to be revealed at the 2017 World Time Attack Challenge. The car has been developed by students of VW’s Modern Apprenticeship Program and naturally, we jumped at the chance to help pull-up the two-tonne workhorse with a V-Sport Performance Brake Kit. Comprised of AP Racing Radi-Cal calipers and 2-piece discs, Ferodo DS2500 brake pads and Goodridge braided brake lines, V-Sport also supplied custom mounting hardware for the calipers and discs; all part of the service we offer in custom and unique brake upgrades.

VW’s talented Apprentices install the AP Racing caliper over a large, heat-dissipating 355x32mm 2-piece disc.

Despite the obvious differences in size, weight, and immediate track suitability of each vehicle, it was challenge accepted to prove that the 550nm-producing stock Amarok engine was in contention to beat a stock Golf GTI, once the Apprentice Challenge team had stripped surplus weight from the car, such as the interior. Some of the weight reduction also comes from our performance brake disc and caliper, which weighed in at nearly half the mass of the OEM package – a staggering 11.75kg vs. 22.05kg on each front corner of the car. The tangible effects of this brake upgrade come from increased temperature capacity and cooling ability of the disc-pad-caliper interface, and 20kg less unsprung weight, which improves handling dynamics of the car.

With a benchmark time of 1 minute 59 seconds set by the stock Golf GTI, the Amarok’s driver Ben Porter took a few laps to get up to speed; but soon found his rhythm on the track. It wasn’t long before Ben had bested the 1 minute 59s goal by an impressive 2 seconds, demonstrating the power of the Amarok engine, and the types of balanced upgrades you can make to a road car to improve its on-track ability.

Check out the project in this video from Volkswagen

V-Sport is proud to have worked with the Volkswagen Australia Group in the development of their Apprentice Challenge Amarok, and congratulate the whole team in smashing their goals on track.

Contact us to discuss your own custom brake upgrades, or to see what’s available for your vehicle!


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2017-10-20T16:06:51+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Events, Inspiration from the Showroom|

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