If you made a few days ago Audi surprised everyone by confirming his exit from the WEC and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, today it’s up to another brand of the group to say goodbye to a competition that was several years dominating without leaving opportunity to the rest of his rivals, both pilots and builders. We refer to Volkswagen, which has just made official his exit from the WRC to the end of the season.
In the last four years, the brand of the car of the people has not given the slightest chance to his rivals in the highest competition within the world of Rallying, the WRC, having won the past four titles of drivers ‘ and also constructors with Sebastian Ogier and the Volkswagen Polo R by winning 42 of the 51 rally championship disputed.
Volkswagen has confirmed its bye-bye to the WRC at the same time that guarantee employment for their workers. And is that the German brand seems to have followed exactly the same recipe that used Audi a few days ago to inform of his departure from the World Championship of Endurance. According to Volkswagen, the expansion of the electrification in its range of future models should concentrate all its efforts in technologies for the future.
on the other hand, and despite their departure from the WRC, the company states that in addition to focusing on the future models electrified will also be present in racing client with vehicles like the Golf GTI TCR, the Beetle GRC and Polo R5.
The director of Volkswagen Motorsport, Sven Smeets, explained: “of course, we regret very much the departure from the WRC, as this was the most successful in the history of the brand Volkswagen in the world of motorsport. As we are aware of the great challenges facing the entire company, we want our realignment will contribute to the success of the brand Volkswagen, from now on we will focus on the upcoming technologies in the motor sport and in our range of sports for the client”.
In this way, Volkswagen closes a glorious time in the highest category of the world rally championship.