VW Motorsport's Golf TCR set for customer racing
QUITE quietly, Volkswagen has become something of a racing force these past few years.
Its Polo R WRC racer won both the Drivers' and Constructors' titles in the World Rally Championship in 2013 and 2014 (and is dominating 2015), while its Touareg SUVs (heavily modified, of course) won three straight Dakar Rallies before that.
Now it has developed a rather tasty looking Golf for the race track, built to new Touringcar Racer International Series (TCR) regulations and aimed at customer racing for 2016.
The Volkswagen Motorsport-developed car is based on the production Mk7 Golf, using the 2.0-litre turbo engine from the sporting range-topper Golf R, and has been race tuned to give 243kW and 410Nm of torque.
Unlike the all-wheel-drive Golf R, the race car delivers the power to its front wheels only, via a six-speed DSG gearbox.
The race cars come with 18-inch wheels, a chassis 40cm wider than a production Golf and an aero package, including front splitter and carbon rear wing.
The current concept cars will be tested competitively for the remainder of the 2015 TCR season races.
Impressively, the Golf TCR won on its first race weekend, scoring a victory at Austria's Red Bull Ring.