2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
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Established in 2015, the TCR series has become increasingly popular with each season, now being contested by several automakers from Europe and Asia. Volkswagen is one of them, having joined the series with a race-spec version of the Golf GTI in 2016. Following the first full season, in which the Golf GTI TCR won 17 races and two championships, the German firm made improvements to the car in order to continue its good run.
The hatchback’s aerodynamics were updated, while the technology under the hood has also been fine-tuned. The updated car was again used by Liqui Moly Team Engstler, which tackled the German ADAC TCR, TCR Asia, and the TCR Middle East series. The revised GTI also returned to the International TCR series with Team Leopard Racing, which won the championship the previous year. Let’s find out what’s new in the review below.
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
What Makes the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Special
While the fenders are massive and the tailgate supports a big wing, everything else is basically identical to the road-going GTI
The current GTI TCR isn’t radically different from the previous model, but it does have revised fenders and new vents in the front bumper. Both improve aerodynamic efficiency, helping the hatchback take turns quicker and deliver improved fuel economy.
The race car is still closely related to the road car. While the fenders are massive, the bumpers have large outlets, and the tailgate supports a big wing, everything else is basically identical to the road-going GTI. The hatchback even sports the traditional red stripe and badge on the front fascia, as well as the "GTI" lettering under the left-side taillight.
There aren’t any photos of the interior, but it’s pretty obvious that the car was fitted with a race-spec roll cage. It also has a motorsport-type steering wheel, a bucket seat for the driver, while the dashboard has been simplified for track duty.
The engine is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the maximum displacement accepted by the TCR's governing body
The engine is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the maximum displacement accepted by the TCR’s governing body. The mill generates up to 350 horsepower and 310 pound-feet, as specified for this series. All cars must use a sequential transmission, a production-based suspension setup, and wet sump lubrication.
The Golf GTI TCR is available for purchase from €90,000 plus VAT from Volkswagen Motorsport. The German firm delivered more than 20 units in its first year in the series and around 30 examples in 2017. The number is expected to grow as more teams join the ever-growing TCR championship. The Golf GTI faced a massive number of TCR-spec cars, including the Hyundai i30, Peugeot 308, Seat Leon, Subaru WRX STI, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Opel Astra OPC.
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