Opel unveils its 2016 Astra TCR

Opel's all-new Astra TCR will be eligible to compete in several national and international championships. Developed in collaboration with Kissling Motorsport, deliveries to selected privateer racing teams are scheduled to begin in time for the start of next season.

As per TCR regulations, power comes from a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing around 325 bhp (242 kW / 330 PS) with 420 Nm (309 lb/ft) of torque. 'Balance of performance' adjustments can be used to keep participants evenly matched, though.

Opel Astra TCR 2016 Front Side

That output, which is combined with a 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs) curb weight, gets sent to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission. Gear changes are controlled by paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Stopping is taken care of by disc brakes all-round, with those at the front benefiting from six-piston calipers. Drivers can alter the brake balance but, as part of TCR's cost-saving ethos, an anti-lock system is not allowed.

Opel Astra TCR 2016 Rear Side

Similarly, the prominent rear wing and front splitter are standard components fitted to every car on the grid. In fact, apart from widened wheel arches and a full roll cage, alterations to the bodywork are fairly minimal.

Each Astra TCR has a price tag of €95,000 (plus VAT). That's around £69,900 at current exchange rates.

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