Launching into its inaugural season back in March, TCR is a ‘three-pillar’ series that accommodates customer racing on national, continental and international platforms, with all three built on identical technical specifications.
Entrants this year are piloting versions of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Seat Leon, along with privately prepared builds of the existing Astra OPC hot hatch. A rear-wheel drive WRX is also in the works.
“Touring car racing has always been an important part of Opel. The philosophy of the new TCR series corresponds to our idea of customer racing. We want to give ambitious privately owned teams a platform for exciting sport at reasonable costs,” said Opel Group CMO Tina Mueller.
Opel’s special new racing Astra will be its first factory-backed offering in the TCR series and, a with Volkswagen’s recent Golf TCR prototype, it will introduce a number of significant racing enhancements.
A 246kW/410Nm turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol engine provides motivation, while the exterior has been given a massive going-over with new aerodynamic and body-widening work.
And, although especially hardcore in the track-weapon guise previewed here, these elements could also offer a hint of what we might see with the next-generation Astra OPC.
Official word on the next road-going OPC car is still to come, but we can look forward to September’s Frankfurt motor show for an official unveiling of this new TCR racer.