New Golf V Racer Breaks Cover

The world’s first racing development of the new Volkswagen Golf was unveiled today (Mon) by Volkswagen Racing UK.

The wraps came off the Golf Mk V – which is destined for a track career in one of the UK’s best supported championships, the Volkswagen Racing Cup – at the Milton Keynes headquarters of Volkswagen UK. Paul Willis, Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars UK, and Andrew Coombe, head of marketing, performed the unveiling.

Set to make its race debut early next month, the new car is not only the first racing Mk V Golf but is also the first Volkswagen to make its motorsport debut in diesel form. Under the bonnet is a 2-litre, 16-valve TDI powerplant developing 210 PS.

When the lights flash to green at Donington Park on 4 April for the opening round of the championship, the Mk V Golf will be part of a unique cavalcade of Volkswagens – also on the grid will be examples of the first four generations of the company’s best-selling hatchback.

The new car will be handled by a variety of drivers during the season, including journalists and celebrities, and will, believes Volkswagen Racing UK managing director Sam Roach, prove a force with which to be reckoned. “Two years ago a Mk IV Golf TDI made history as the first diesel to win a race in Britain,” said Sam, “and I believe that the new Golf, which has more outright power and better torque characteristics, has the potential to be a front-runner also.”

Volkswagen Racing UK has made very few changes to the standard Golf’s specification; a limited-slip differential has been adopted and larger front brakes fitted as well as fully adjustable KW suspension. Most of the car’s performance boost has come as the result of redefined engine mapping by Superchips and a Milltek racing exhaust system.

“We have deliberately kept the car as close to showroom specification as possible,” added Roach, “to underline the point that the new Golf is a formidable proposition even in road trim.”

Golf V will not be the only turbodiesel on the Donington grid: it will face opposition from the Mk IV Golf TDIs of Lloyd Allard and Mark Thomas, and will, of course, be up against a host of petrol-powered machinery, including the 3.2-litre four-wheel-drive Golf R32.

GOLF TDI Mk V racing version

Engine capacity (litres / cc): 2.0 / 1968

Configuration: 4 cyl, 16v

Engine management: Volkswagen with Superchips mapping

Power output (PS @ rpm): 210 @ 4,000 (standard model 140)

Max torque (lbs ft @ rpm): 330 @ 1,750 (standard model 236)

Drive: Front-wheel drive

Gearbox: Six speed, limited-slip differential, RCS gear selector

Clutch: Sachs sintered metal plate

Exhaust system: Milltek bespoke system

Shell: Production shell, welded-in multi-point roll cage

Safety: Sabelt racing seat, six-point Sabelt harness, plumbed-in fire extinguisher system

Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion

Brakes: 355mm ventilated front discs, Production ventilated rear discs, Mintex racing pads, ABS disabled, adjustable bias

Front suspension: KW 2-way adjustable race dampers, height adjustable, Adjustable anti-roll bar, solid bushes

Rear suspension: Multi-link production suspension, KW 2-way adjustable race dampers, Adjustable anti-roll bar, solid bushes

Wheels: 8x18in/8x19in BBS alloy wheels

Tyres: Pirelli PZero Corsa 225/40 ZR18 / 225/35 ZR19

Weight: 1080 kg

Lubricants: Castrol

Air filter: K&N

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