Low and poised to pounce – the W12 Nardo makes quite an impression. With open gull-wing doors, the scenario itself is quite a lure. Visitors gaze in wonder at the record-breaking car, circling it with respect and popping their heads and cameras into the cockpit. With its matt black carbon body, the two-seater embodies power and speed. At the fair stand, Volkswagen Classic recounts the story of the dozen records set by the 440-kW (600-PS) concept car at the high-speed circuit in Nardò in 2002 – all of which still stand to this day.
Frugal, strong, and rare
Once a year, Essen transforms into the centre of the classic car scene, when the Techno Classica unites around 180,000 international visitors, thousands of cars and 1,250 exhibitors. Volkswagen was part of the action once again when the biggest vintage car fair in the world was held for the 31st time.