Volkswagen builds new Time Attack challenger
Volkswagen has turned its sophisticated Arteon luxury sedan into a racetrack-ready mobile masterpiece.
Volkswagen Australia likes to challenge its apprentice technicians. Last year it asked them to turn an Amarok ute into a track racer while this year the Arteon become the starting point. The second-year apprentice team worked with a number of suppliers to completely overhaul and upgrade the Arteon for the 2018 World Time Attack event at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend (October 12-13).
The end result of their efforts is the ‘ART3on’ which boasts 360kW of power and 600Nm of torque, a huge increase over the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine’s standard 206kW and 350Nm.
To achieve that, Volkswagen was supported by industry experts including Harding Performance and Racing Line UK (engine), Bilstein (suspension) and APR/VolksMuller (brakes).
Upgrading the engine includes a Racing Line Stage 3 turbocharger, Stage 3 intake system, oil management system, intercooler upgrade, high pressure fuel pump and Milltek Sport Cast exhaust system.
The suspension is a custom Bilstein Cubsport set-up and the ART3on rolls on Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo semi-slick tyres.
“This program is unique to the Australian automotive sector in that we are collaborating with a part of the industry that we typically wouldn’t as a subsidiary importer,” said Luka Popovac, Volkswagen Australia’s national customer experience manager.
“We have been blown away by the support of our program mentors, who have given generously of their time, and their products, to help teach our apprentices and build something extraordinary. Not only has the ART3on inspired our apprentices, we hope it will also inspire a new generation of technicians to pick up a trade in Australian automotive.”
The car is finished in a custom artwork created by Sydney-based street artist Simon Murray, also known as KADE.
Volkswagen has once again drafted in professional driver Renato Loberto to drive the ART3on; he is the same driver who drove the Amarok track machine in 2017. He will not only pilot the car this weekend at World Time Attack but Volkswagen is planning a number of other appearances over the next year.
Volkswagen claims initial testing of the car produced a 0-100km/h time of just 3.9 seconds on an uphill straight.
World Time Attack is on at Sydney Motorsport Park on Friday and Saturday.
Stephen has been interested in cars as long as he can remember. Speed is in the blood as his great-grandfather was a motor racing pioneer in Australia, establishing several land speed and racing records. Based in Sydney, professionally he has been writing about everything on four-wheels since 2001…