Introducing Rival Road: GTI vs GLI

Compete in a virtual race, block your competition on a custom RC course, and, if you enter the Rival Road Contest* you might even win real-world track time

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Fans of the Volkswagen Golf GTI know the real-world pleasures of a hatchback with 200-plus horsepower (achieved with premium fuel). Its nearest rival offers the same turbocharged engine in a four-door sedan shape – the Jetta GLI. To introduce these historic rivals to a new generation of enthusiasts, VW launched a new virtual challenge today: Rival Road: GTI vs GLI. And at the end of the challenge, if you are eligible and you enter the Rival Road Contest, you could be the one experiencing true performance, on track with VW’s Global Rallycross drivers.

Live on July 19, Rival Road is Volkswagen’s first game to allow fans to compete head to head from their mobile or desktop devices.1 Players in the mini-game will choose between #TeamGTI and #TeamGLI, then see how far they can travel while dodging obstacles.

After a week of hard-fought digital competition, the face-off gets real on July 26. Players can then take part in a unique live experience that they help control, as Global Rallycross champions Scott Speed and Tanner Foust, along with professional remote-control drivers, join each team for a legendary competition.

Set on a massive custom-built track, enthusiasts can watch some of the RC industry’s leading professionals showcase their skills as they compete over two days for #TeamGTI and #TeamGLI, adding to the teams’ overall point total. As the professionals race each other using RC models inspired by the Golf GTI and Jetta GLI, players who join the livestream here will be able to vote to release physical obstacles that will appear on the RC track, helping their drivers beat the opposing team.

Eligible fans can also enter the Rival Road Contest, and play the online mini-game to contribute to their team’s score. The Rival Road Contest participant with the top score in the online mini-game could win a trip for two  to Fastivus 2016 in August,  along with a hot lap  with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust.

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited, in AK, HI and outside 48 contiguous US and DC.  Must be legal residents of 48 contiguous United States (and D.C.), ages 21+, with a valid driver’s license. Contest ends 7/27/16 at 10:30 PM ET. Total ARV of all prizes: $3,560.  To enter and for Official Rules, including prize description, visit