Ahead of the UK launch of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI on 22nd May 2009, Volkswagen has constructed a Scalextric track on an epic scale inside a hangar to lend armchair (or office chair) enthusiasts the chance to race the new hot hatch online and against the clock.
The 30ft by 25ft track is the work of a team of 60 modellers and features over 200 scale buildings. It forms the basis for the 'GTI Project', a new online game through which you can control the 1:43 scale Volkswagen Golf GTI as it negotiates the hairpins, straights and narrow bridges that make up the track. There's no need to spend hours setting it up on the living room floor, no potential damage to furniture (and family pets) should you crash at high speed.
As with the real thing, too much enthusiasm leads to crashes and lost time. A delicate approach and a little perseverance lead to quick times and your chance to appear on the online global leader board, possibly resulting in universal acclaim from friends and colleagues.
Along the way you can learn more about the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, from its new 2.0-litre TSI engine to the advanced six-speed DSG gearbox, colours, trims and performance information. In addition you can order a brochure or even book a test drive.
Set a particularly quick time and you'll be entered into the prize draw to stand the chance of winning the opportunity to drive a new Volkswagen Golf GTI for three months.
The order books are now open for the full-scale Volkswagen Golf GTI. Prices for the three-door model start at £22,410 and rise to £22,995 for the five-door model.
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