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Vauxhall has released official design sketches of its new Astra-based race car.

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It's not long since the new Vauxhall Astra road car reveal, but Opel's motorsport divison are already working on a race-bred version, shown in this teaser drawing. The Astra TCR will appear at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, and development testing will begin in October.

The racing Astra will compete in the TCR motorsport series, which is billed as an affordable way for teams and individual drivers to compete at both a national and international level. The series had its first outing this year, featuring motorsport-derived variants of cars such as the Seat Leon, Audi TT, Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic.

As with all TCR vehicles, the Astra racer is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, with outputs capped at 325bhp and 302lb ft.

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The new Astra's sleek styling is evident underneath the race decals, but it bears little relation to the road-going hatch. A mammoth rear wing will provide downforce, while the whole lower half ot the car is swollen. Beefier wheelarches indicate a wider track, while the familiar racing front splitter and ventilated hood will be added to the TCR version.

After the wraps come off at Frankfurt race customers will be invited to place their orders for the start of the 2016 season, starting in March.


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