Volkswagen continues to make a big presence in motorsports by unveiling a new monster to enter the Touring Car Racer series or TCR. The new Golf TCR concept was developed by VW’s Motorsport division with the help of the sports department at SEAT and made in accordance with the TCR regulations to help VW evaluate a potential customer racing program from 2016 onwards.
“The newly created TCR category provides a promising platform for customer racing – on a national and international level. With exciting races, production-based technology and reasonable costs, it offers a new outlook for private racing teams,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito.
This new Golf TCR race car is based on the production Golf R and has its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder tuned to produce 325-horsepower mad 302 lb-ft of torque, a boost from the original 296-horsepower and 280 lb-ft. It is mated to a DSG gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
To fit the massive racing tires wrapped around the 18-inch rims, the Golf TCR gains wider hips where it is roughly 400mm wider than the production Golf. It also gets new front and rear bumpers, a vented hood and a new roof wing at the back. Over to the inside, everything has been kept to a minimum and the only seat available is for the driver. A full roll cage is also fitted in accordance to the FIA regulations.