The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is spawning a race car thanks to the German automaker's Motorsport division. Built according to Touringcar Racer (TCR) specifications and requirements, this track-ready Golf produces 325 horsepower and will undergo testing between now and the end of the season.
The Liqui Moly Team Engstler will run two cars at the 8th round of the TCR International Series at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
“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,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito.
VW Golf race car has super-sporty looks
Using a chassis that's approximately 40cm wider than that of the production model, the Golf developed by Volkswagen Motorsport features 18” wheels, a massive rear spoiler in carbon fibre, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine sourced from the Golf R, and the glorious DSG with paddle shifters.
Inside, race buckets with integrated head protection, a safety cell, and a safety tank complying with FIA regulations protect the driver.
Volkswagen's 40+ years of racing
This isn't Volkswagen AG's first foray into motorsports, obviously. You've probably heard about the Polo WRC, or Audi and Porsche duking it out in LMP1.
In fact, as Volkswagen Racing points out, the people's car maker debuted in auto racing back in 1966 when Formula Vee was launched with cars using Beetle components. This series became renowned as a hotbed for up-and-coming talent, producing Formula 1 drivers such as Niki Lauda, Jochen Mass, Nelson Piquet, Jochen Rindt and Keke Rosberg.