Volkswagen Motorsport Develops a 330-Hp Volkswagen Golf Race Car
To think that German-engineering means boring and slow would be a mistake on your part, as there is no shortage of fun and excitement in the Volkswagen model lineup. Even stock, production models like the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R will blow your mind and make your mother grimace at the ridiculous speeds it can reach in a sleek track-tuned package. With that being said, Volkswagen doesn’t have a purebred race car — until now. Given the award-winning characteristics of the Volkswagen Golf, the idea that Volkswagen Motorsport develops a 330-hp Volkswagen Golf race car makes perfect sense.
This concept race car built on the sporty Golf hatchback platform is scheduled to race in the Touringcar Racer International Series(TCR) for the 2016 season. Testing on the Volkswagen Golf race car concept will begin at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The rest of testing will take place throughout the remainder of this race season.
Volkswagen Golf Race Car Concept Design
When you start with a solid foundation, it is easy to build an elite race car and that is exactly what the TCR Volkswagen Golf concept will do. The golf racing concept will employ 18-inch racing rims with a chassis that is roughly 40 centimeters wider than current Golf models to create more stability. A striking, carbon rear wing will give the new Volkswagen concept a race-ready style while simultaneously improving aerodynamics and handling. A safety-oriented racing seat, racing safety cell and safety tank will be put in place as well to protect the driver.
Volkswagen Golf Race Car Concept Engine
Using the Golf R as a baseline, the Volkswagen Golf racing concept design will employ the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder power platform with direct injection. Additional racing components will be integrated into the design as well to amplify the performance specifications to a mind-blowing 330 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. A DSG gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters will be the transmission of choice, delivering a quick, responsive transfer of power.
We can’t wait to see what the new 330-horsepower Volkswagen Golf race car will do when it hits the track, but given the already thrilling performance of production-model Golf variants, we predict success. Look for the Volkswagen Motorsport developed 330-hp Volkswagen Golf race car to make its track debut in the very near future. If you are looking a more affordable version of the track-ready Volkswagen Golf R that delivers similar performance, the 220-horsepower 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a thriller. Stop in and schedule a test drive today!