Improved aerodynamics and more power for the race car.

Volkswagen is ready to provide its customers the upgraded version of its Golf GTI TCR race car. For 2017, the German manufacturer has reworked the aerodynamic package of the hatchback, which now features more pronounced air intakes at the front, even wider fenders and wheel arches, and slightly reshaped diffusers for optimized air flow.

Power continues to be provided by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which has been finely retuned to deliver up to 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts), making the car around 20 hp (15 kW) more powerful than before. The four-banger is connected to a six-speed sequential racing transmission, controlled through steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

VW is not ready to disclose the dynamic characteristics of the updated Golf GTI TCR, but its predecessor was capable of reaching 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a static start in approximately 5.2 seconds. Given the mechanical improvements, we expect this number to be slightly lowered by, maybe, a tenth of a second.

2018 VW Golf GTI TCR
VW Golf GTI TCR

                                               Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR (2017 vs. 2016)

Last year the Golf GTI TCR managed to win 17 races and two championships for different customer teams around the world. Volkswagen Motorsport says it has already started taking orders for the new version of the car and one of the first customers to take delivery is Liqui Moly Team Engstler, which will field its cars in the German ADAC TCR, TCR Asia, and TCR Middle East series. Also, Team Leopard Racing will start as the defending champion in the international TCR series, as well as in the inaugural TCR Scandinavia.

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“The first full season of the Golf GTI TCR was a great success from a sporting point of view: our customers Leopard Racing and Liqui Moly Team Engstler won the international and Asian TCR championships at the first attempt,” Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets commented. “You cannot afford to rest on your laurels in motorsport, and we want to continue to offer our customers a competitive car for their commitments around the world.”

Volkswagen Motorsport is asking €90,000 plus VAT (about $95,000 at the current exchange rates) for its Golf GTI in race trim and is planning to deliver roughly 50 cars this year.

Source: Volkswagen Motorsport

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Update for the natural born winner:
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR lines up with new aerodynamics

  • External and internal improvements to the successful racing version of the Golf GTI 
  • Delivery of new model to customers underway
  • Golf GTI goes into new global TCR season as defending champion
Wolfsburg (08 March 2017). The curtain has been raised on the new Golf GTI TCR: the race version of the compact classic from Wolfsburg, which generates up to 350 hp, goes into 2017 with new aerodynamics. Following the first full season of racing, in which the Golf GTI TCR won 17 races and two championships, modifications have been made to the car’s outer skin, while the technology under the bonnet has also been fine-tuned. The Golf GTI TCR, which is available in race trim from € 90,000 plus VAT from Volkswagen Motorsport and is based on the road-going Golf GTI, is aimed at professional teams and drivers battling for race wins and championships at racetracks in rapidly growing TCR series around the world.

“The first full season of the Golf GTI TCR was a great success from a sporting point of view: our customers Leopard Racing and Liqui Moly Team Engstler won the international and Asian TCR championships at the first attempt,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “You cannot afford to rest on your laurels in motorsport, and we want to continue to offer our customers a competitive car for their commitments around the world. For this reason, we have systematically further developed the Golf GTI TCR for the 2017 season. The focus of this further development was on the car’s aerodynamics.”

At the heart of external modifications are the new fenders, with a new profile and new vents improving the aerodynamic efficiency of the five-door car. “The strict technical regulations, which aim to ensure affordable costs and close sporting competition, do not give the technicians very much leeway,” explained Eduard Weidl, TCR project leader at Volkswagen Motorsport. “With the new aerodynamics, we have further optimised the performance of the car on fast sections of track by reducing aerodynamic drag and increasing the overall downforce. Furthermore, we have also worked on many detailed solutions based on the experience gained from the car’s debut year: for example, we have optimised the power development of the two-litre turbo engine, improved the control of the sequential gearbox, and integrated a powerful electric power steering.” At the same time, the Volkswagen Motorsport technicians in Hannover also dedicated their time to improving the durability of components that are subjected to great strain.

Sweeping technical changes and large boosts in performance are not possible in the TCR category (“Touring Car Racing”): the cars’ basic technical data is stipulated and annual tests run by the TCR organisation, at which intense checks, measurements and analysis are performed ahead of the start of the season, serve as the basis for the classification of the automobile manufacturers’ various cars in terms of performance, aerodynamics, weight and weight distribution. The goal is the “Balance of Performance” – to achieve the greatest possible degree of equal opportunity for all registered teams, in order to ensure that it is not the technology that decides between victory and defeat, but primarily the performance of the drivers.

Among the customers to take delivery of the new generation of Golf GTI TCR is Liqui Moly Team Engstler, which will once again field its cars in the German ADAC TCR Germany series (season-opener 28-30 April in Oschersleben/Germany), TCR Asia (season-opener 10-12 March in Sepang/Malaysia), and TCR Middle East (next race on 10 March in Bahrain) this year. Furthermore, Volkswagen customers will, for example, also compete in the international TCR series, in which Team Leopard Racing will start as the defending champion, as well as in the inaugural TCR Scandinavia, and the new TCR Italia series. In the car’s debut year, Volkswagen Motorsport delivered more than 20 Golf GTI TCRs to customers. Roughly 30 more cars are expected to be delivered in 2017.