Volkswagen Motorsport unveils Golf race concept, for TCR series

Check out this monstrous piece of work. It’s built by Volkswagen Motorsport and it’s a vision for a new Golf racing car designed to meet and compete under the TCR regulations.

Volkswagen Golf TCR concept-front

As you can see, this is no ordinary Golf. The team has developed an insane wide-body aero package (40mm wider than standard car) which gives the humble hatchback some mean wheel arches, as well as a racing carbon fibre front splitter and a big wing at the back.

Under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, just like in the GTI and Golf R road-going counterparts. The difference here is this unit has been tuned to produce 243kW and 410Nm.

Interestingly, the race concept remains front-wheel drive and uses a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. It also features 18-inch racing wheels wearing slick racing tyres. There’s no mention of performance or acceleration.

The concept has been created to help the company evaluate a potential customer racing programme for the 2016 Touring Car Racer International Series (TCR). It is only a concept at this stage but it might soon hit the track in competition. Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito said,

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“The newly created TCR category provides a promising platform for customer racing – on a national and international level. With exciting races, production-based technology and reasonable costs, it offers a new outlook for private racing teams.”

Capito says the team will use the rest of the 2015 season to further test and develop the car under competitive conditions.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.