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Apprentice-tuned VW Arteon to tackle WTAC

By Chris Thompson, 20 Sep 2018 News

Apprentice-tuned VW Arteon tackle WTAC news

VW challenges apprentices to achieve sub-4 second 0-100km/h time

After they built an Amarok to punt around Eastern Creek last year, Volkswagen’s apprentices have again been challenged to put together a car for World Time Attack Challenge.

This year, the vehicle of choice is a VW Arteon, the 206kW AWD sedan with the Golf R’s drivetrain and a premium style and interior.

Essentially a follow-up to the VW CC, the Arteon is capable of a 5.6 second sprint to 100km/h. Volkswagen has challenged its apprentices to lower that to under 4.0 seconds for this particular car.

VW Australia’s customer experience and capability manager Luka Popovac says he’s pleased to see a new team of apprentices taking on the build challenge.

"Last year's team built something remarkable with their Amarok build car, and the reaction from our fans and the wider public was incredible, Popovac says.

“It's vitally important that we recognize our top-tier apprentices with out-of-the-ordinary opportunities like this that showcase the talent we have in our dealer network.”   

The Arteon headed to WTAC 2018 will also look different from the standard car, though it’s not yet been revealed how. More aggressive styling would make sense, given its purpose and the location it’s to debut.

Volkswagen PR manager Kurt McGuinness says the Arteon was chosen because of the capability of its drivetrain, as well as its style.

"Our Arteon saloon is one of the more design-focused vehicles in our range, and what better way to bring out its true artistic nature than to have our apprentices build an Art Car,” he says.

“Mind you, this will be no basic sticker pack – the standard Arteon boasts a drivetrain derived from the Golf R, so the finished car will truly be both beauty and the beast.

“Of course, the artistry doesn't stop with the Arteon's angles and lines – we are fortunate to have the who's who of the Australian performance car tuning industry mentoring our apprentices and overseeing the build.”