The Touring Car Racer International Series (TCR) isn’t your usual series, with laws designed to keep it mild but wild. The series is based around cars that are affordable compacts which have a cost ceiling of about $90,000 and a 2.0 liter-turbo-charged 4 cylinder engine that produces no more than 300 hp powered the front wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission with a minimum weight of ,1260 kilograms (2,777 lbs) including the driver.
The series is based around giving up-coming and amateur drivers a go, with Volkswagen Group brands like Audi and Seat dropping their versions for the TCR, other manufacturers like Opel and Honda joined the race. But let’s talk about the VW Golf TCR racer based Golf Hatchback which is currently being evaluated before it is offered to customer teams in 2016.
The Volkswagen Golf TCR will be tested under competitve conditions to accelerate development by the end of 2015 motor-sport season, packed with a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine from the Golf R, which is paired to a six speed paddle-shifted sequential transmission to keep with the regulations. Other additions include a wide body kit that is around 15 inches wider than stock with 18 light weight alloy rims including a carbon spoiler and some other aerodynamic improvements to the body.
VW motorsport chief Jost Capito said earlier that the “The newly created TCR category provides a promising platform for customer racing—on a national and international level,” He also mentioned that “With exciting races, production-based technology and reasonable costs, it offers a new outlook for private racing teams.”
Under the hood sits the turbocharged 2.0-liter four from the production Golf R, which is paired with a six-speed, paddle-shifted sequential transmission. On the outside, extended fender flares house a widened track that VW says is around 15 inches wider than stock. The wheels are 18-inch light alloys, and an aerodynamically-shaped front splitter and carbon rear wing are also among the modifications for competition use.