The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR was unveiled overnight and this race-ready Golf been specially developed for the TCR International touring car series, as well as the numerous regional series that employ the same rules.
This racing version of the Volkswagen Golf is based on the road-going GTI model. The most eye-catching change involves the 400mm wider track, which requires seriously flared wheel arches all around.
There’s also a large rear wing attached to the rear windscreen, prominent side sill extensions, a menacing carbonfibre front splitter, and completely reworked front and rear fascias.
On the inside, there’s the obligatory FIA-compliant racing cage, bucket racing seat with head protectors, and an FIA-approved safety fuel tank.
Under the newly vented bonnet, the race car features a retuned version of the company’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which now develops 243kW of power at 6200rpm and 410Nm of torque at 2500rpm.
Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission. According to Volkswagen Motorsports’ estimates, the Golf GTI TCR is capable of a 0-100km/h time of around 5.2 seconds and a top speed of about 230km/h.
The Golf GTI TCR rides on 18-inch alloy wheels clad in 27/65 Michelin racing rubber. Stopping power comes courtesy of 362mm discs with six-pot callipers at the front, and 310mm discs with two-piston units at the rear.
Volkswagen Motorsport cooperated with their counterparts at Seat during the development of the Golf GTI TCR. In order to keeps costs down, the two marques will also work together in providing servicing, logistics and on-track help for teams using their vehicles in the TCR International Series.