It’s VW’s big-arched, 350bhp Golf racer

Alerting wannabe racers: there’s a new Volkswagen Golf touring car. VW has updated the Golf GTI TCRfor 2017, with a host of aerodynamic tweaks to help it build upon success in 2016.

TCR is intended to be a more accessible form of touring car competition, with eligible cars including this Golf as well as a Peugeot 308, Seat Leon and Vauxhall Astra. There’s even a TCR-spec Lada. They can compete in individual TCR championships around the world.

And the Golf’s not too shabby at it, taking a total of 17 race wins and two international championships in 2016. First up, there’s now 350bhp available from its 2.0-litre turbo engine, up on last year’s 325bhp.

Aerodynamics have improved, too. There are new front wings, which are much more aggressive than before, while the wheel arches are squarer and far, far more aggressive. If only VW could make a road car that looks this mean…