Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI GTC Race Car Debuts For South Africa Series
Volkswagen’s new Global Touring Cars (GTC) race car, the new Golf 8 GTI, was unveiled at a virtual event
Golf 8 GTI to be officially launched in South Africa in 2021
Johannesburg – Today Volkswagen Motorsport unveiled its new Global Touring Cars (GTC) racing car through a virtual event that was broadcast live on social media.
The new GTC racing car from Volkswagen Motorsport is built using the Golf 8 GTI body. “For four years we have been racing with the Jetta. Since the Jetta is no longer offered on the right-hand drive markets, we had to find a suitable successor and that is where the idea of using the Golf 8 GTI came from. Even if the Golf 8 GTI will not be officially launched and available at South African dealers until 2021, we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to present the performance attributes of the Golf 8 GTI before being introduced to the local market. ” said Martina Biene, director of Volkswagen. Mark.
Global Touring Cars (GTC), which was launched in South Africa in 2016, is the first motorsport championship in South Africa and includes the main GTC championship (GTC1) as well as the second level class, GTC2.
Volkswagen Motorsport will participate in the two Golf 8 GTIs in GTC1. They will be led by 2019 GTC champion Keagan Masters and Daniel Rowe, 2016 GTC2 champion. Volkswagen Motorsport will also be represented in the SupaCup, which replaces GTC2, by Jonathan Mogotsi, winner of the 2016 driver search and winner of the Polo Cup 2017. Mogotsi will drive the SupaCup Polo, which is a newly developed car for the second class of the GTC championship. The new car is an exciting addition to South African motorsport and produces more than 200 kW coupled to a locally developed 6-speed sequential M-Trac gearbox.
In the GTC series, all vehicles must comply with strict control measures which include a common chassis, undercarriage, a single computer to monitor performance, tires, suspension and other components.
“The new features of the Golf 8 GTI race car include an all-new tubular chrome molybdenum chassis that is much stiffer and lighter than the previous generation GTC car,” said Mike Rowe, director of Volkswagen Motorsport.
“Even with five manufacturers competing in the GTC series, it is one of the most prestigious circuit racing series in Africa due to its competitive nature. It’s a tough championship to win, so it’s very important to score points in each heat, ”added Rowe.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have not been allowed to race and as a motorsport fraternity we all hope that by August we will be able to put the cars on the track , even if it will probably be without spectators, “concluded Rowe.
The start of the official circuit racing season in South Africa in 2020 has not yet been confirmed, but it is hoped that motorsport events can resume in August 2020 and the first run will likely start at the Zwartkops Raceway in Johannesburg.