The production-based Golf GTI TCR features an uprated engine and race-prepared chassis set-up. It was developed in conjunction with Seat, which passed on knowledge learned with its Leon Cup Racer.
Under the bonnet of the GTI TCR is the turbocharged four-cylinder engine of the Golf R. After race-modification, it produces 325bhp and 302lb ft of torque, 29bhp and 22lb ft more than the R.
It sends drive through a proper race-spec six-speed sequential gearbox, complete with steering-wheel mounted paddles. Like the road car, the GTI TCR sends drive to the front wheels.
Volkswagen says the racing car weighs 1280kg with its driver, but on its own that figure would be closer to 1200kg, illustrating just how much mass has been shed from what started life as a near 1.4-ton road car.