Volkswagen Motorsport is developing its first racing car based on the seventh generation Golf. The production-based, 330-horsepower concept car is assembled in accordance with TCR (Touring Car Racer International Series) regulations and is intended to help Volkswagen evaluate a potential customer racing program from the 2016 season onwards.
To accelerate the development of the car, the new Golf will be tested under competitive conditions between now and the end of the season. As cooperation partner, the Liqui Moly Team Engstler will run two cars at the eighth round of the TCR at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
“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,” he added.
Visually, the racing genes can be clearly seen on the Golf developed by Volkswagen Motorsport. It has 18-inch racing rims, a chassis roughly 40 centimeters wider than that of the production Golf, and a striking rear wing give that gives the Golf a “ready-to-race” look as well as first-class handling.
An aerodynamically designed front splitter and carbon rear wing are also among the modifications for the racetrack model.
Among the components designed to protect the driver are a racing seat with head protectors, a racing safety cell, and a safety tank in accordance with FIA regulations.
Under the bonnet
The Golf race car has a powerful four-cylinder engine, DSG gearbox with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel and a consistently developed racing chassis.
Volkswagen Motorsport is developing the car in cooperation with the sport department at SEAT, meaning it can call on SEAT’s experience with the Leon Cup Racer.
As with the Volkswagen Group’s production vehicles, the MQB platform (Volkswagen Group’s strategy for a shared modular construction of its transverse, front-engined, front-wheel drive automobiles) also offers many synergies for racing cars and reduces the cost of assembling and running the touring car. The two-liter turbo engine with direct fuel injection comes from the top-sporting model, the Golf R. The racing version of this engine generates 330 hp (243 kW) and 410 Newton-meters of torque.
First start at the Red Bull Ring
To accelerate development, the concept car will be tested under competitive conditions at the remaining four race weekends in the international TCR series. The renowned Liqui Moly Team Engstler, which boasts decades of experience of touring car racing, will take responsibility for running the car during the remaining test phase.
The last four TCR races will be held in Austria this July, Singapore on September 20, Thailand on October 24-25 and Macau on November 21-22.