Golf Gt Tsi to Debut at Britains Volkswagen Racing Cup

By: Benjamin Hudson

Britain's Volkswagen Racing Cup will be the stage for the motorsport world debut of the Golf GT equipped with the pioneering TSI supercharged and turbocharged engine.

The Golf's GT's 1.4 liter, 16-valve engine revs up 170 PS however the engineers at Volkswagen Racing UK thinks that its not powerful enough and so with the help of their technology partners at Superchips, Miltek Sport and Turbo Dynamics they were able to boost the GT's power to an astonishing 230 PS. The engineers said that they plan to further increase the power of the GT in months to come.

The Golf GT TSI has made its first public debut in the Hankook-backed championship's opening rounds at Oulton Park in Cheshire last April 9, 2007. Nick Trott a freelance motoring journalist was the lucky individual that was given the opportunity to drive the GT at the Oulton.

Trott, age 32, was so excited by the prospect of driving the GT TSI on its world motorsport debut. He said, 'The power to weight ratio is excellent and the package promises a lot - I only hope I can do the car justice!"

According to Volkswagen Racing UK Director Sam Roach, "We are pulling out all the stops to get the Golf to Oulton. It's been a major technological exercise to prepare this sophisticated power unit for racing and our partners have provided massive support and expertise. To be able to extract 230 PS from a 1.4-litre engine is a major achievement."

It was not the first time that Volkswagen Racing UK has awed the world with its powerful machines on the track. It can be remembered that in the year 2002 the team drove a turbodiesel into the victory lane which is a first for the UK and likewise in recent seasons it has given the new Golf GTI and Polo GTI their world racing debuts.

The Golf GTI TSI is one of the most ambitious projects that the team has ever undertaken. The TSI features an engine-driven supercharger and an exhaust gas turbocharger, arranged in series. The supercharger operates at a lower engine while the turbo cuts in as power increases resulting to optimum drivability and performance throughout the rev range without the turbo lag and high maximum torque.

Golf GT TSI in keeping with the long quality tradition of Volkswagen is equipped with high quality car components starting from its huge complex parts down to parts like the . Every auto parts that the GT TSI has are designed to enhance performance and power. The Golf GT TSI power unit was awarded as Best New Engine of 2006 in the International Engine of the Year Awards.

The Volkswagen Racing Cup is the perfect venue to showcase the powerful new Golf GT TSI. It is also the only saloon car supporting event to the prestigious British Formula 3 and British GT Championships and features 12 races at six weekend events on the UK's top circuits. All races are broadcasted on the Sky Sport channel.

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