VW Golf GTI TCR Looks Mean and Ready to Win Races

Volkswagen Motorsport has revealed its new Golf GTI TCR race car packing all sorts of goodies to help turn fast lap times. 

Just 20 of these cars are going to be built by Volkswagen Motorsport, with delivery to teams starting in mid-March of this year. The cars will be able to compete in up to 16 TCR touring car championship races, including supporting the F1 races at Bahrain, Singapore and Malaysia.

Powering this VW is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Golf R, though in the GTI TCR is makes 330 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed sequential gearbox is used, operated by shift paddles on the back of the steering wheel while the chassis is 40 centimeters wider than a standard Golf. A large carbon fiber rear wing and front splitter help to push the little Golf into the ground.

SEE ALSO: Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept Video, First Look

“When developing the technology, our main focus was on keeping the running costs at races as low as possible,” said Eduard Weidl, head of customer racing and special projects. “We will provide on-site contact partners on race weekends, to ensure that the Golf GTI TCR is perfectly prepared when it takes to the grid. Furthermore, a cooperation is planned with SEAT in the TCR International Series. This will deal with service, logistics and on-site supervision, in order to make the outings as efficient as possible for the teams.”

A run from 0 to 62 mph will take the race car 5.2 seconds while top speed is pegged at 142 mph. A concept version of the Golf race car has already successfully captured a win at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in 2015.

Discuss this story at our VW Forum