Living up to the quality that the GTI has always been about since 1976, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is no extraordinary. It has been prominent on the racetrack since its launch in July 2015. All production models for the 2016 season had already been snapped up as early as January.
Teams can field the 20 cars in up to 16 national and international TCR touring car championship events. For the international TCR events, the cars will be handed over to sports teams starting March 11 in Abera/Barcelona (E). For the national TCR championship, the cars will undergo test drives at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia (E) starting March 14.
The production-based concept car has already demonstrated great potential at TCR outings. Volkswagen's partner, Liqui Moly Team Engstler, fielded two cars in the 2015 TCR International Series. At the vehicle's first race weekend, it promptly won the second race at Austria's Red Bull Ring.
Volkswagen Golf GTI's 40th Anniversary
In celebration of the race car's 40th anniversary, Volkswagen is unveiling the most powerful production version of the GTI, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. The brand launched the design of the new vehicle at the GTI meeting in May 2015 at Wörthersee before revealing a production unit at the German International Auto Show (IAA) last September.
It is built with a 2-liter TFSI engine that generates up to 265 PS, which is 35 PS more than the power released by the prior most powerful Volkswagen Golf GTI. The turbocharged direct-injection engine also allows drivers to increase the engine power briefly by 10 percent to 290 PS.
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito said that the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR provides sports teams with an excellent race car at a reasonable price. Moreover, Volkswagen allows them to expand their commitments in various TCR championship events.
The new Volkswagen offering is ideally made to meet the needs of sports teams on the racetrack. Capito added that the high demand from customer sports teams is a clear indication that Volkswagen is "doing a good job". Volkswagen Head of Customer Sports Eduard Weidl reiterated that the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR offers teams numerous opportunities that have not yet been explored by Volkswagen in the motorsport industry.
According to him, Volkswagen focused on minimizing the costs as much as possible without compromising better performance. Weidl claimed that Volkswagen will also offer on-site contact partners on race weekends to make sure that the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is always prepared to run on the track.
In the TCR International Series, Volkswagen has tied up with SEAT to improve logistics, service, and on-site supervision. This venture seeks to make the outings “as efficient as possible.”