Under the bonnet is a 2-liter turbo engine with direct fuel injection that delivers 300 hp and 410 Nm of torque. It's been developed with help from SEAT, who had extensive experience from the Leon Cup Racer.
Just like on the Golf R, the power is delivered through a 6-speed DSG gearbox. However, only the front wheels benefit from this because that's just how things roll in the TRC. Hiding behind the wider fenders are broad tracks and race-tuned suspension.
Extensive changes were also made to the bodywork, including cutting an enormous vent in the hood and installing a wing on the back. The cabin has been stripped out to make room for an OMP racing seat and a roll cage.
The yet unnamed Golf racing car will be tested under competitive conditions this weekend in Spielberg, Austria. Volkswagen hopes to have everything ready and FIA-homologated by the 2016 season.