Of course there’s a purpose as to why they made the Golf into this winged, wide-bodied, angry-looking little thing – to meet Touringcar Racer (TCR) International Series regulations (which is an international Touring Car championship) and customer racing.
Based on the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf, this 330hp concept car gets its power from a race-tuned 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, taken out of the Golf R, which also provides 410Nm of torque.
Paired to a six-speed DSG gearbox with steering-mounted shift paddles, the racer, unlike the Golf R, sends all its power to the front wheels only. The Golf concept racer rides on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform to reduce the cost of assembling and running the touring car and is developed in cooperation with the sport department at SEAT, also part of the Group.
As you can see, Volkswagen Motorsport have done a lot to make this Golf race concept. The chassis is roughly 40cm wider than that of the production Golf while a carbon fibre rear wing and front splitter is fitted to optimise the aerodynamics.
Being a race car, the cabin has been stripped out leaving just the steering wheel, racing seat with head protectors, a racing safety cell, and a safety tank in accordance with FIA regulations.
Unfortunately, this season’s TCR International Series only has four races remaining and that’s where the Golf concept racer will compete to test the car under competitive conditions. Liqui Moly Team Engstler will field two cars at the eighth round of the TCR International Series at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria which is the 11-12 July, 2015 race weekend.