The TCR (Touring Car Racing) International Series held a presentation for league participants at the circuit Jules Tacheny in Mettet, Belgium today, and Opel took full advantage of the event by showing off their new Astra TCR customer racecar for the first time.
Opel’s new Astra TCR is based on the latest five-door version of the compact hatch. Under the hood is a race-ready 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder producing 330 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque, which is channeled to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential racing transmission. Helping to slow things down are 6-piston brake calipers in the front grabbing 378mm discs and 2-piston units in the back with 265mm discs.
The chassis is fully adjustable, as are the various aero pieces, which include an adjustable front splitter and large rear spoiler. Electronic assistance systems such as ABS, electronic stability control or traction control are not permitted in the European TCR series and are thus not available in the Astra TCR.
Opel says the Astra TCR was developed in conjunction with their longstanding racing partner Kissling Motorsport. Only a limited amount of Astra TCRs will be available to pre-selected customer teams participating in various TCR race series, but if you’re curious, they’ll sell for €95,000 a pop (about $108,000 USD).