Opel announces the Astra TCR

Next season should see the all-new Astra competing on circuits around the world, as Opel has already begun developing it for touring car racing. The competition version, which will be aimed primarily at customer teams, is going to comply with current TCR regulations.

TCR is intended to be a more cost-effective alternative to top-tier series such as the World Touring Car Championship. All cars are powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing around 325 bhp (242 kW / 330 PS) with 410 Nm (302 lb/ft) of torque, but 'balance of performance' adjustments can be made to keep them evenly matched.

Opel Astra TCR 2016 (Rendering) Front Side

Opel Astra TCR 2016 (Rendering) Rear Side

Under TCR rules aerodynamic aids such as a rear wing and a front splitter are permitted, but their dimensions and positioning are tightly controlled. Also allowed are larger arches to accommodate the wheels, which can be up to 10” wide with an 18” diameter. The rest of the bodywork has to remain pretty much standard, though.

Naturally a complete suite of safety equipment must be fitted too. However, in line with TCR's money-saving ethos, various other items are banned. These include telemetry systems, driver aids and bespoke transmissions.

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