Volkswagen Golf GTI Turned Into An Electric Racer For Euro Rally

Kaufland is sending a Volkswagen Golf GTI to compete in the Romanian Rally Championship this year.

However, instead of upgrading the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the Kaufland e-Rally Team will turn the hatch into an electric racer.

Details about the exact modifications and performance of the compact model are scarce at the moment, but the powertrain will be swapped with an electric motor. The car will also get a set of batteries, specific suspension and brakes, and the usual safety amenities, along with different rims and tires.

With these changes, the Volkswagen ‘e-Golf GTI’ is said to become extremely agile, almost “action movie-like“, according to the release.

Watch: Can Chevrolet’s Bolt EV Beat A VW Golf GTI In A Drag Race?

The e-Rally Team will demonstrate it during the Rasnov Rally, on April 21-22. Subsequently, they will homologate it for the competition at the end of May, and it will be used as a full-blown rally starting with the Poiana Brasov special stage, on June 9-10.

Responsible for racing the electric Volkswagen Golf GTI will be Sorin Ghisoi, a Romanian rally champion with 20 years of experience in motorsport. Ghisoi holds 5 championship titles and two silver medals. He was also present on the podium more than 50 times.

more photos...
  • Sébastien

    Gti? Looks more like a GTE or eGolf looking at the front bumper