Volkswagen Motorsport’s next project is a racing car based on the seventh-generation Golf. Volkswagen is considering a potential customer racing programme starting with the 2016 season and onwards. This 330 PS concept car is production-based and complies with TCR regulations. To hasten the car’s development, this new Golf will undergo testing in competitive conditions throughout the season.
At the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, cooperation partner Liqui Moly Team Engstler will have two cars run at the eighth round of the Touringcar Racer International Series (TCR). Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito said that the recently formed TCR category offers a “promising platform” for customer racing on both the national and global levels.
He added that private racing teams get a new outlook with reasonable expenses, production-based technology, and exhilarating races. He shared that Volkswagen resources were used during the development of the Golf-based concept car. As a result, they were able to save on cost and time.
For the remaining time in the season, they will test the car under racing conditions and study the potential of a customer racing project starting in 2016.