Volkswagen launches the FIA touring car world Cup (WTCR) in Marrakech

6.4.2019. Touring car world Cup in the Moroccan city of Marrakech starts, the Team Sébastien Loeb Racing and Volkswagen Motorsport at the Start with four Golf GTI TCR in the racing version. The already sporty Compact has been adapted from Volkswagen Motorsport experts to the requirements on the racetrack and now has 257 kW (350 HP). Derived from the racing version, Volkswagen offers the production model of the Golf GTI TCR with 213 kW (290 HP).

International series of strong

At the Circuit Moulay el Hassan in Marrakech Mehdi Bennani (MA), Rob Huff (GB), Johan Kristoffersson (S), and Benjamin chandelier (D), in their four Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR a strong field. Seven of the 26 permanent riders already have Motorsport title collected the car – including Huff (tour-world champion 2012) and Kristoffersson (rally cross world champion in 2017 and 2018). “The WTCR is cart this year is without question the most powerful touring car series in the world,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets: “Behind us is a intense pre-season training with the Golf GTI TCR, but the real balance of forces will show themselves only in Morocco. Our goal victories and podium places are – and of course we want to be in the fight at the end of the driver and the Team title.“

For the German riders in this year’s starting field, Benjamin chandelier, with the Start in the WTCR is a childhood dream come true. “I’m incredibly grateful to be here. There are many new impressions, but I’m trying to learn quickly.“ In terms of his expectations, the Volkswagen driver says: “The start is very important. After that, I would like to improve from race to race on the Nordschleife a role in the podium places to play. I realize that I’m driving as a Rookie to wins, otherwise the other driver would have done in the past few years, something is wrong.“

Golf GTI TCR: Golf with racing genes

The race car Feeling is not only professional drivers, reserved, because the series version is a sporty move. The Golf GTI TCR accelerated thanks to his 213 kW (290 HP) unit in 5.6 seconds from Zero to Hundred. The maximum speed is 250 km/h, but optionally at 260 km/h increase. Standard equipment includes a front-axle differential lock, perforated brake discs, the driving profile selection, Top-sport seats in the front and a specific sports steering wheel. In addition, the Golf GTI is the TCR Belvedere to the standard 18-inch forged wheels of the type “” to identify Sill extensions, front splitter, and a private roof-edge spoiler and a diffuser in the rear. Numerous special equipment options the exclusive series model, you can also customize.

Golf GTI TCR (photo: Volkswagen AG)

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