Cleverly composed matrix
High-quality series production components pay off twofold: the Golf GTI TCR is a production model GTI which has been uncompromisingly further developed into a puristic touring car. Nonetheless, approximately 65 per cent of its parts – including heavy-duty components such as the rear axle brake and the wheel bearings – are taken from series production. In practical terms, this composition is a major advantage, because racing use always comes down to wearing and spare parts being available quickly and inexpensively.
The driving dynamics were an experience for the professionals right from the start. ‘The GTI TCR demonstrates the incredible potential of the Modular Transverse Matrix. It’s a thoroughbred racing car at a fair price that feels perfectly balanced and is as stunningly direct as a go-kart. This vehicle, which weighs just 1,285 kilograms including the driver, has a very delayed braking point and offers incredibly direct cornering which fascinates time and again,’ says Franz Engstler in summary of the nippy Golf’s character.