VW’s winning Volkswagen GTI TCR undergoes first U.S. test at Daytona
After two successful years racing across Europe, the Volkswagen GTI TCRmade its racing debut in the U.S. at the Daytona Motor Speedway as part of the BMW Endurance Challenge, part of the IMSA Continental Sports Car Challenge series.
Driving trio takes the wheel at Daytona
The No. 31 Rumcastle Racing GTI TCR, driven by the trio of Tanner Rumburg, Luke Rumburg, and Jon Miller, in the Touring Car Racing (TCR) class. VW introduced the GTI TCR three seasons ago.
Since its introduction, it has grown to include 20 national and regional race series worldwide. Last year, the GTI TCR was one of the most successful touring cars in the world.
For example, the GTI TCR won “Model of the Year” honors in the TCR International series. And, it helped driver Jean-Karl Vernay, earn a driver’s championship. Also, a VW GTI TCR took its class at the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nurburgring’s famed Nordschleife.
“We’re excited to see the Volkswagen GTI TCR make its first appearance on a U.S. track, especially one as historic as Daytona,” Greg Lucia, director of experiential marketing for Volkswagen Group of America, said in an interview. “As Rumcastle Racing demonstrates, the GTI TCR puts the dream of competing in professional motorsports within reach of new teams, by offering a great value, as all Volkswagen vehicles do.”
The GTI TCR is a turn-key solution for racing teams that want factory-built quality and reliability in a package designed for performance and ease of use. About 65 percent of the parts are carried over from the production version, including the engine components.
Another use of VW’s MQB platform
Visually, the Golf GTI TCR gains its aggressive look through 18-inch racing rims and a version of the award-winning MQB chassis that is about 0.6 inches wider than that of the production Golf.
An adjustable aluminum-alloy rear wing -- standard for all TCR cars -- generates additional downforce. The car’s safety features include a racing seat with head protection, a racing roll cage, and an FIA-approved safety fuel tank. The class rules specify four- or five-door vehicles with engines limited to 2.0 liters and 350 horsepower driving the front wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission.