VW Golf GTI TCR is the new German touring car racer

Article by Christian A., on March 9, 2016

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.”

Exterior Design

Bearing the three-letter acronym GTI that has always been synonymous with excellence and powerful performance (Gran Turismo Injection), the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR possesses genuine racing characteristics.

The 18-inch racing rims, chassis measuring approximately 40 cm wider than the production model of Golf, and a striking rear wing for better handling are just a few of the key features that define the GTI DNA of the new Volkswagen.

The carbon rear wing and an aerodynamic front splitter are designed specifically for the racetrack. For improved safety, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is equipped with a racing seat integrated with head protectors, FIA-approved safety tank, and racing safety cage.


The four-cylinder 2-liter turbo engine with direct fuel inject of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR can generate up to 330 PS. The core is enhanced with a sequential gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a consistently developed racing chassis, making the vehicle superb on the racetrack.

To fully develop the vehicle, Volkswagen Motorsport teamed up with SEAT's sports department. This allowed Volkswagen to benefit from the experience with the SEAT Leon Cup Racer.

The MQB platform also provides a variety of synergies when it comes to racing vehicles, minimizing the costs of assembling and running the new Volkswagen model. The engine produces 243 kW or 330 PS and 410 Nm of torque.

Press Release

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – 330-hp Golf for customer racing receives GTI seal of quality

40 years of GTI: TCR version for the racetrack, Golf GTI Clubsport for the road Production-based touring car to be delivered to teams mid-March

- All 20 Golf GTI TCRs developed by Volkswagen Motorsport already taken

Wolfsburg (04 March 2016). The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has the seal of quality in its name: 40 years after the launch of the first Golf GTI, the customer racing version also possesses the acronym that, since 1976, has been synonymous with the Wolfsburg-based car maker's sporting character, powerful engines and maximum performance. Since it was first unveiled in July 2015, the Golf has been hugely popular on the racetracks of this world: all the customer racing models for the 2016 season had already been snapped up by mid- January. The teams can field the 20 cars, which were developed by Volkswagen Motorsport, in up to 16 national and international TCR touring car championships. The cars for the international TCR championship in Abrera/Barcelona (E) are to be handed over to the customer racing teams from 11th March. An initial roll-out with the opposition is planned for the test drives at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia (E) from 14th March.

Dynamic appearance: Production-based Golf GTI TCR embodies racing genes

The acronym GTI stands for Gran Turismo Injection and is more than just a seal of quality – it is a trademark and an identity. Even to look at, the Golf makes no secret of its motor racing genes: 18-inch racing rims, a chassis that is roughly 40 centimetres wider than the production Golf, and a striking rear wing also guarantee optimal handling. An aerodynamic front splitter and carbon rear wing are among the modifications for the racetrack. Among the features that ensure maximum safety for the driver are a racing seat with head protectors, racing safety cage, and an FIA-approved safety tank.

Powerful and efficient: turbo engine with direct fuel inject, generating 330 hp

A powerful straight four-cylinder engine, a sequential gearbox with shift paddles located on the steering wheel, a consistently developed racing chassis – the new Golf has been meticulously prepared for its outings on the racetracks of this world. Volkswagen Motorsport developed the car in cooperation with the sport department at SEAT. This made it possible to call on the extensive experience gained with the SEAT Leon Cup Racer. As with the Volkswagen Group's production cars, the MQB platform also offers many synergies when it comes to racing cars, thus reducing the costs involved in assembling and running the touring car. The 2-litre turbo engine with direct fuel injection is the same one used in the top sporting model, the Golf R. The racing version generates 243 kW (330 hp) and produces 410 Nm of torque.

Successful start: Concept car shows great potential at TCR outings

The racing car based on the seventh generation of Golf has already enjoyed success in competition: in 2015, cooperation partner Liqui Moly Team Engstler fielded two cars in the TCR International Series. The production-based concept car showed great potential: at its first race weekend, the Golf promptly won the second race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport: The most powerful production GTI ever celebrates its anniversary

The racetrack is not the only place the Golf GTI is celebrating its 40th birthday. To mark the anniversary, Volkswagen is launching the most powerful production GTI ever: the Golf GTI Clubsport. Volkswagen presented sketches of the new car at the GTI meeting at the Wörthersee in May 2015, before unveiling a production model at the International Motor Show (IAA) in September. The 2-litre TFSI engine generates 265 hp – that is 35 hp more than the previous most powerful Golf GTI. Another feature of the turbocharged direct-injection engine is a boost function, which allows the driver to briefly increase the engine power by ten per cent to 290 hp.

TCR International Series – Calendar
01/04–03/04/2016 Bahrain*
22/04–24/04/2016 Portugal (Estoril)
06/05–08/05/2016 Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
20/05–22/05/2016 Italy (Monza)
03/06–05/06/2016 Austria (Salzburg)
17/06–19/06/2016 Germany (Oschersleben)
01/07–03/07/2016 Russia (Sochi)
26/08–28/08/2016 Thailand (Buriram)
16/09–18/09/2016 Singapore*
30/09–02/10/2016 Malaysia (Sepang)*
18/11–20/11/2016 Macau

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