Worthersee Watch: Apprentice Project Will be White Silver Metallic

Wörthersee is only a few weeks away and the apprentices are hard at work, getting their annual project car ready for the Austrian GTI celebration. Although it’s not quite ready for the primetime, they have let slip that the GTI will be shown in White Silver metallic paint.

“This paintwork is elegant at the same time as being neutral,” said Marie-Kristin Schildwatcher. “It provides considerable leeway for creative exterior design, for example, light to dark color shifts and multi-color concepts. We considered various concepts and ideas both within the team and with the Design department.”

The team is made up of 15 apprentices who let off leash to make the concept car of their dreams. Volkswagen has run the apprentice program since 2008 to celebrate the show that celebrates their best-loved water-cooled car and the apprentices are aware of the history they’re a part of.

“When I first saw the red and black Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition in 2014, it was love at first sight,” says Florian Dimt, a mechatronics technician. “I was determined to work on a Wörthersee GTI myself and now I have succeeded.”

The apprentices are selected based on performance and every year some of the brightest participate in the project, which has the difficult task of wowing a crowd of some of the best aftermarket builders in the world.

“When I started my apprentice­ship, I was already interested in the GTI project and I did my very best right from the start,” says Lena Volk. “All of us are showing what we can do. I am convinced that our Wörthersee GTI 2018 will be fantastic.”

The 11th apprentice GTI will be shown along the shores of Lake Wörth high in the Austrian Alps on May 9 and I promise I’ll limit myself to as few “The Sound of Music” references as possible this year (I know I have a problem), but come on, it’s held in a town called Maria. How do you solve a problem like that?