Building upon its highly successful racing stint in 2016, Volkswagen gives the Golf GTI TCR a new update. For this year, get ready to see Volkswagen’s Golf GTI touring car with better aerodynamics and upgraded performance.
According to Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets, the Golf GTI TCR’s first full season was “a great success”. During its first year, Liqui Moly Team Engstler and Leopard Racing won in the Asian TCR and international championships.
The hatchback now comes with bigger wheel arches, wider fenders and distinct air intakes while the redesigned diffusers provide the race car with optimum air flow. Eduard Weidi, TRC project leader said that the performance of the car has been further optimized with the new aerodynamics – this is done by increasing its overall downforce and by reducing aerodynamic drag.
Powering the GTI TCR is a 350hp (261kW) 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This update provides the car with more power by up to 20hp (15kilowatts). In addition, the four-cylinder engine is paired to a 6-speed sequential racing transmission with paddle shifters.
Basically designed for circuit racing, the Golf GTI TCR is intended for professional racers who want to compete in TCR touring car championships around the world. In 2016, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR won a total of 17 races including two championships.
According to Volkswagen Motorsport, the newly updated version is ready for taking orders. Among its first customers so far is the LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler. As of this year, Liqui Moly is the official partner of Germany’s ADAC TCR touring car series. The team is expected to field its cars in this year’s international racing competitions including TCR Middle East and TCR Asia. Liqui Moly Engstler will join this year’s series as a German team.
Meanwhile, its other client, Leopard Racing will start this year as the International TCR Series’ defending champion. The defending team will also take part in the 2017 TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship.
Volkswagen at this point hasn’t said a word regarding the dynamic characteristics of the track-only hatchback. As far as we know, the previous racer could sprint from zero to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) within 5.2 seconds. Considering the new update, we can absolutely look forward to an improved acceleration.
As for the price, the mean-looking Golf GTI in race trim can be had at approximately 90,000 euros. Volkswagen Motorsport plans on delivering at least 30 to 50 units this 2017.