Volkswagen confirms its official start of the WRC


Volkswagen Motorsport will leave the WRC after winning twelve titles
. Rumors that indicated that the German giant was going to leave
the World Rally at the end of the season 2016 were
true, and Volkswagen puts and end to his career in the championship after
four years competing with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC
. With this vehicle, the
mark has obtained four titles of pilots, as many other co-pilots, and has
reached four crowns in a row in the championship of brands. All in all,
Volkswagen restructures its sports project to orient you to their program

In this way, Volkswagen Motorsport will give high priority
to their customers
and focus all their efforts on three sports projects very
different to the program that had until now in the WRC. The objective of the brand
is to enhance its program around the Golf GTI of the TCR Series, as well
as in relation to the Beetle which competes in the Global Rallycross. With
all, the German brand doesn’t leave the absolute form of the rallies. Frank
Welsch, in quality of responsible of the manufacturer, has confirmed the development of
a Polo R5 based on the eighth generation of the compact German

will be available from 2018.

All in all, Volkswagen Motorsport leaves the World behind
play 51 rallies
, in which the German team has harvested a total of 42
wins and 621 victories of stretch
. Numbers that have become the Volkswagen
Polo R WRC in the car with a higher success rate in the entire history of the Championship
in the World of Rallies, as well as being the architect of the four titles of Sébastien
Ogier and Julien Ingrassia
, as well as of the four crowns of brands that have
converted Volkswagen will be the team to beat during the last years of the
current generation of World Rally Cars.


The restructuring of the sports program of Volkswagen
it would imply that a total of 200 workers of the firm of Wolfsburg should be
be relocated
in the various projects still in effect, the destinations to which
you could add parallel programs around the VAG Group such as vw
Polo Supercar of the World Rallycross and the Skoda Fabia R5, vehicle-yes
maintained at Skoda Motorsport as official team in the WRC. All in all, the great
unknown today, it is what will happen with Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and
Andreas Mikkelsen, as well as the final destination of the new Volkswagen Polo R WRC

With the total safety of the output of Volkswagen Motorsport
as official team in the WRC by a decision of the Board of Directors of the
VAG group, there is the possibility of maintaining a Volkswagen in the bosom of the WRC to
through a private effort
. However, the Polo R WRC 2017 has been
developed over two years and rack up thousands of kilometres, so that your
approval is not discardable in the face of its use by the part of the a satellite team with effort
and private budget
. Red Bull is one of the possible candidates for
keep Volkswagen and take the effort of a project without the
support of the brand.