We’re big fans of Volkswagen’s premium hatchback, and that’s why we love the the idea of a 325bhp, stripped-out Golf racing car. 

Volkswagen is rather warm to the idea too, and has built this one-off concept as a potential customer racing car for 2016, built and eligible for the Touring Car Racer International Series (TCR). In fact, as part of its competitive development – like AMG is doing with its gorgeous AMG GT3 – the Liqui Moly Team Engstler will run two of these monster Golfs at the Red Bull Ring this weekend.

So, taking the MQB-platformed, seventh-generation Golf as its base, VW Motorsport have stripped out the insides and widened the chassis by 40cm over the production car.

Then they added a new front splitter, a carbon rear wing, a racing safety cell, and an FIA-approved safety tank. The engine is straight out of the new Golf R; a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, here producing 325bhp and 302lb ft of torque.

It’s married to a six-speed DSG gearbox, and unlike in that Golf R, it drives the front wheels, and front wheels alone.

“When developing the Golf-based concept car,” explains Jost Capito,VW Motorsport director “we are able to fall back on the resources at Volkswagen. We will use the rest of the season to test the car under competitive conditions and evaluate a possible customer racing project from 2016.”

It’ll run in the final four rounds of the TCR this year as part of its development programme. If you would like to drive the car that this hot-hatchback is based on, check out our Golf R lease deals.