Car Football: Golf GTIs Recreate Germany's World Cup Victory

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Germany won the 2014 World Cup final this Sunday thanks to the goal scored by 22-year old Mario Gotze in extra time, giving his team a 1-0 lead it would hold on to until the final whistle.
Not surprisingly, Germany's victory gave the country's biggest car company cause for celebration. Volkswagen has just released this clip where the game-deciding goal is recreated using two teams of Golf GTI hot hatchbacks.

Just like their prominent and very successful auto industry, Germany's football victory was no coincidence. This Sunday's joyous scene represents their fourth title, many years in the making. Most football critics have said this past month that Deutschland had the most robust, intelligently designed team yet seen.

As cool as it might be, this clip is 100% computer generated. However, people actually do play football with cars in Germany. It's called "Autoball", a sport that's rapidly gaining traction with petrolheads there.

The all-new Golf GTI is bigger and better than the car it replaces. Built on Volkswagen's all-new platform, it nevertheless packs a very familiar powertrain: 2.0-liter turbo available with six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes. While power is only up by 10 hp, the torque levels have gone up tremendously, which give you that surge of acceleration when you put your foot down.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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