We know Volkswagen can build a winning WRC car out of the Polo. We also know the Beetle works well at rallycross. It’s time for the Golf to join the motorsport party. VW’s new race car is built to TCR touring car specifications. It’s a production-based racer with 330 hp, front-wheel drive and a six-speed DSG gearbox. It comes with 18-inch rims, a 15-inch widebody, a front splitter and a massive rear wing made of carbon fibre. Plus, all the FIA safety stuff, of course. Volkswagen Motorsport took a peak at Seat’s Leon Cup Racer for inspiration and wants to sell the resulting race car to privateer teams from the 2016 season onwards.
The TCR Golf will be developed further in action at the remaining four race weekends in the international TCR series by Liqui-Moly Team Engstler, who will run two cars at the eighth round at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Volkswagen is currently evaluating a potential customer racing programme from the 2016 season onwards and in order to accelerate the development of the car decided to test the new Golf under competitive conditions in the four remaining events of the TCR International Series. As cooperation partner, the Liqui Moly Team Engstler will run two cars this weekend in Austria and will take responsibility for running the car during the remaining test phase.
“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,”said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “When developing the Golf-based concept car, we are able to fall back on the resources at Volkswagen. This reduces both development time and costs. We will also use the rest of the season to test the car under competitive conditions and evaluate a possible customer racing project from 2016.” TCR promoter Marcello Lotti commented: “We are obviously very pleased to welcome the Golf TCR. I’m sure that the cooperation between Volkswagen Motosport and the Liqui Moly Team Engstler will result in a successful technical development of the car.”