The 2011 Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race will see the return of VW’s Golf to top-flight racing.The quite aptly named Golf24 has been testing at Portimão in Portugal and Vallelunga in Italy in preparation fo its Nurburgring debut in June.Endurance racing fans may wonder why VW has not continued with the rather pretty (and very successful) Scirocco GT24 cars, which have achieved class victories in their three Nurburgring appearances. "The competitiveness of the event has increased enormously, meaning a new technical concept was required," is VW’s official reasoning. RAFT OF AIDSWe think it is no coincidence that the Golf24 sports 'GTI 35 jahre' branding along its flanks, celebrating 35 years of the world's most famous hot-hatch nameplate...True to its competition billing, the Golf24 has a raft of airflow management aids. An oversized rear wing and generously extended fenders (with aero duct cut-outs) make the two-door configuration Golf24 look like the proper endurance racer VW hopes it will prove to be in competition. Powering the Golf24 is a 2.5-litre turbo engine donated by Audi (a competition specification version of the current TT-RS mill), powering-up to 323kW and 540Nm. Drive is distributed to all-four wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission with paddle-shift functionality. VW's official reasoning for Golf24 replacing Scirocco GT24 may be increased competition out on the track but then Wolfsburg never misses a marketing opportunity – especially when it concerns the GTI brand.