A warm spring morning, an on-site visit in Wolfsburg. Once again, Benjamin “Benny” Leuchter is the first to arrive. Today he guides his Golf R to the agreed meeting place a little bit early. Is this down to his profession? Leuchter is a racing driver. He grins: “Look, only half a tank to drive the 350 kilometres from my home town of Duisburg to here. Not bad for a car with 235 kW!” Leuchter is full of praise for his ‘company car’, particularly its sound and drive. Power and sound are what car fans really love about the top-of-the-range Golf. But that is by no means all.
See what the car “sees”
Professionally, Leuchter’s main job is to drive cars dynamically. Today, he is demonstrating how his Golf helps him drive – and how it visualises his capabilities. The most digital Golf of all time displays what is happening around the car in its Digital Cockpit Pro. With appealing graphics, it clearly visualises the information, with which the assistance systems are working, how far the digital eyes can see and what exactly it is that they see. “It gives me an in-depth understanding of the assistance systems. I am aware of what the car is observing,” said Leuchter.