Golf R Triumphs at Aspen’s Premier F.A.T. Ice Race


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February 13, 2024 – A remarkable victory was celebrated by Volkswagen of America with the Golf R’s standout performance at Aspen’s first F.A.T. Ice Race, presented by Mobil 1, this weekend. Volkswagen’s own Tanner Foust, an esteemed brand ambassador, clinched the top spot in the AWD category on the opening day and secured the fastest lap overall, showcasing the vehicle’s unmatched prowess.

Blake Wilkey, renowned for his off-road racing expertise and role as a Hoonigan host, continued the winning streak by steering the Golf R to victory on the second day. This accomplishment not only highlights the Golf R’s exceptional performance but also its reliability and versatility on challenging ice tracks.

Tanner Foust shared his enthusiasm, attributing the victory to the Golf R’s inherent capabilities. “Equipped with just snow tires, the Golf R demonstrated its remarkable handling and agility on the ice, making it a thrilling win for Volkswagen,” Foust remarked.

This inaugural motorsport event drew an eclectic mix of 50 classic and iconic racecars, engaging in a thrilling competition against time, with the top six speeds battling it out for the daily crown. The F.A.T. Ice Race, inspired by a legacy of ice racing in Aspen and reignited by F.A.T. International in 2019, promises to be an annual spectacle, drawing enthusiasts and competitors alike.

The Legacy and Power of the Golf R

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The event showcased the Golf R, driven by Foust and Wilkey, in its factory-stock glory, save for the addition of snow tires. The presence of the 2025 Golf GTI and the legendary 1987 twin-engine Golf racer, famous for its Pikes Peak challenge, underlined Volkswagen’s rich motorsport heritage. The twin-engine Golf, returning to Colorado after decades, remains a testament to Volkswagen’s engineering marvel, boasting dual turbocharged engines and a design crafted for extreme competitions.

Unveiling the 2024 Golf R

The latest Golf R, the Mk8, stands as Volkswagen’s most potent production model, delivering 315 horsepower with its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. It features a sophisticated 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, capable of precise torque distribution for an exhilarating driving experience, especially in drift mode on tracks. Equipped with advanced suspension technology and 19-inch alloy wheels, the Golf R promises unmatched performance and style. Available in a single, fully-equipped variant, the Golf R starts at an MSRP of $45,665 for manual transmission models, with the DSG variant slightly higher.

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