Opel has released the first teaser sketches for what will become its second-generation Astra TCR race car.
The TCR (Touring Car Racing) series was established in 2015 with the aim of keeping costs down for race teams.
The series mandates a 2.0 litre turbocharged production based engine, and front wheel drive with outputs limited to 246kW and 410Nm.
The current Astra three-door (sold here as a Holden Astra) currently competes in the series alongside Seat, Audi, Honda and Volkswagen.
Although the finer details will have to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show, the more obvious changes include a massively widened body, vented bonnet, and aggressive aero including a huge rear wing. Testing of the new car will begin in October.
"Touring car racing has always been an important part of Opel. The philosophy of the new TCR series corresponds to our idea of customer racing.
"We want to give ambitious privately owned teams a platform for exciting sport at reasonable costs,” Opel CMO Tina Müller said.
Expect the coming Astra OPC hot hatch to run a similar 2.0 litre engine, although for the sake of production there’ll likely be differences in power and torque outputs. As for the wild styling, the OPC will likely look a little more sedate.
The TCR series is built around customer racing and features national, continental, and international series. Technical regulations between the three are identical allowing competitors to use their cars worldwide without modification.