The GTI for Customer Sports.

To transport the GTI genes to the racetrack, Volkswagen Motorsport developed the Golf GTI TCR at its headquarters in Hannover in 2015. During the test and development, Volkswagen worked closely with the racing department at Seat, in order to leverage synergies in assembly and to call on the wealth of experience gained with the Seat Leon Cup Racer. As with the Volkswagen Group’s production cars, the MQB platform also provides many synergies for racing cars, thus reducing the cost of assembling and running the TCR touring car – one of the defining goals during development.

Under the bonnet, the Golf GTI TCR houses the familiar two-­litre turbo engine with direct fuel injection from the Golf GTI, the latest racing version of which can generate up to 350 hp (257 kW) and boasts about 420 Nm of torque. Visually, the Golf GTI TCR differs through its 18-inch rims and a chassis that is roughly 15 centimetres wider than the production golf. An adjustable, aluminium rear wing – standard for all TCR cars – ensures optimal handling. The modifications for the racetrack also include an aerodynamic front splitter. Among the features guaranteeing the driver maximum safety are racing seats with head protectors, a racing safety cell, and an FIA-approved safety tank.

Technical Data

Design Four-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust turbocharger and intercooling, positioned laterally in front of the front axle
Capacity 1,984 ccm
Performance 257 kW (350 hp) at 6,200 rpm
Torque 420 Nm at 2,500 rpm
Bore/stroke 82.5 mm/92.8 mm
Engine management Continental SIMOS
Gearbox Sequential, six-gear racing transmission (optional DSG gearbox), gearshift paddles on steering wheel
Axle drive Front-wheel drive with multi-plate limited slip differential (optional VAQ modified for DSG)
Coupling Multi-plate sinter metal clutch (standard clutch for DSG)
Front axle McPherson struts, height, track and camber of the chassis can be modified, as can the anti-roll bar in three levels
Rear axle Multi-link axle, height, track and camber of the chassis can be modified, as can the anti-roll bar in three levels
Steering Rack-and-pinion steering with modified software and hardware
Braking system Disc brakes with inside ventilation at the front (Ø 378 mm), solid disc brakes at the rear (Ø 272 mm), aluminium callipers (six pistons front, two pistons rear)
Rims 10 x 18 inch
Tyres For example 260/660-R 18 Hankook for German Championship (27/65-18 Michelin for International)
Structure Reinforced production steel body in line with FIA/TCR regulations
Dimensions and weight  
Length/width/height 4,378 (4,598 incl. rear wing)/1,950/1,368 mm
Track 1,780 mm
Wheelbase 2,664 mm
Minimum weight 1,285 kg (incl. driver) depending on BoP (Balance of Performance)
Driving performance  
Acceleration 0–100 km/h in approx. 5.2 seconds
Top speed Up to 250 km/h


TCR Technology Booklet

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TCR Booklet

TCR Booklet
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