In anticipation of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show, Opel has released the first renderings of the Astra TCR race car. The wide body Astra is built in accordance to the technical regulations for TCR national and international touring car racing.
“Touring car racing has always been an important part of Opel,” said Tina Müller, Opel Group CEO. “The philosophy of the new TCR series corresponds to our idea of customer racing. We want to give ambitious privately-owned teams a platform for exciting sport at reasonable costs.”
The renderings of the Astra TCR display aggressive body modifications. A clear focus on aerodynamics is present, its large wing and rear diffuser paired with wide hips and an angry stance that leaves no question about it fitting right in with other TCR competitors. Though full specifications are yet to be confirmed it is expected the Astra TCR is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 242kW of power and around 410Nm of torque.
“We are very pleased with Opel’s decision,” explained TCR International Series Promoter Marcelo Lotti. “We knew they were seriously evaluating the TCR concept in the latest month, and now the announcement that the new Astra is being developed in TCR-specs makes us very proud and adds another premier automobile brand to the TCR world.”