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Two teams of apprentices from Volkswagen have developed and built two show cars that were unveiled to tens of thousands of fans at the 38th GTI Gathering. Codenamed the Golf GTI Aurora and the Golf Estate FighteR had the spotlight focused upon them.

The two models where produced and built by two teams of apprentices from Volkswagen. The Golf GTI Aurora was developed by a team from Wolfsburg while the FighteR was developed by a team from Zwickau.

Both vehicles are concepts but they boast some impressive looking designs, tech and some stunning new innovations. The Golf GTI Aurora is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an output of 380hp and a 7-speed direct shift gearbox. What makes the Aurora stand out and turns head is it one of accent colour of mint green and a hand-painted body kit with a rear diffuser.

Interior wise, the cockpit features a 3,500-watt sound system and displays driver engine and vehicle data directly onto the centre console which is useful for those who are using the Aurora on racetracks. Connectivity was also key in the design and front passengers can follow the vehicle data displayed or control the sound system using a tablet from the front seat enabling dual control.

While all of this is impressive and great looking, the really impressive feature is the inclusion of the Holographic controls fitted into the boot of the vehicle. Produced by the Volkswagen Group Components’ innovation department, the holographic module was designed and fitted to showcase the unification of real world and virtual world user interfaces.

The holographic module produces a floating image that can be viewed in 3D without the need for 3D glasses and is fully interactive. This means you can control the sound system for example without the need for any controllers or any physical input. The holographic module had been honed for months in order to make its debut in the Aurora but this is something that is continuing development.

The GTI Aurora might be a world first for an operable hologram system within a car but the system isn’t quite ready as of yet. In fact, it might be a while before interactive holographic controls are included in normal production cars but the Aurora is a fascinating example of what we might see in our cars in the future.  

Published: 15 Jul 2019