2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – Drive and Exterior. Subscribe.
Key facts about the Golf GTI TCR:
- The Golf GTI for circuit racing is getting a facelift for the 2018 season.
- Proven technology package with a two-litre turbocharged engine that produces 257 kW / 350 PS.
- More than 100 units built in short run and handcraft production since 2016.
- A genuine winner with twelve international championship titles in TCR series across the globe to date.
Update for a car with winning ways. The Golf GTI TCR, the successful race version of the TCR International Series championship titleholder, is getting a facelift for the 2018 season. Like the production model, this front end of the successful competition touring car was also redesigned to visually highlight the close technical relationship between the sporty Golf GTI models more emphatically.
Ample power for every situation. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine of the Golf GTI TCR produces 257 kW / 350 PS and can deliver a maximum torque of 420 Newton-metres to the front wheels – via the customer's choice of a racing gearbox or a dual clutch gearbox (DSG).
Perfectly distributed. As in the Golf GTI Performance, a front differential lock prevents wheelspin of the drive wheels.
Less air drag. Wings with special contours and openings boost the car's aerodynamic efficiency on the race course.
Well protected. No air conditioner, no sound system – instead, the driver sits in a safety cell made of steel tubes as thick as a person's arm. The protection package is rounded out by a shell race seat with head protectors and six-point seat belt.
High flyer. The GTI TCR's body was widened by 15 centimetres compared to the standard production Golf GTI Performance. The body of a TCR vehicle is permitted to have a maximum overall width of 1,950 millimetres. All other add-on aerodynamic parts conform to TCR regulations and were tested in a wind tunnel.
Energy. A safety fuel tank constructed according to TCR regulations is mounted at the rear, in front of the rear axle.
Downforce. A distinctive rear wing made of aluminium gives the GTI TCR the downforce it needs in fast cornering.
Sporty without compromise. For weight reasons, there are no door trim panels or window lifts. A strap is used to unlock the driver's door.
Command headquarters. The driver not only uses the steering wheel to steer the car, but also to control all important functions – such as the pit radio, headlights and cockpit ventilation.
Fast shifting. Customers can choose from two transmission variants: DSG or a sequential race gearbox.
Fine tuning during the drive. The driver can adjust the balance of braking power between the front and rear wheels.
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