More Diesel Fallout: Volkswagen Quitting World Rally Championship
Earlier This particular week, we reported there was a chance Volkswagen would certainly pull out of rally racing. This particular morning, Volkswagen confirmed of which rumor.
— VolkswagenMotorsport (@VolkswagenRally) November 2, 2016
After four incredibly successful years for the Polo WRC car as well as driver Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen will be done.
In a Discharge, the automaker said This particular will be part of a plan to “realign” its motorsports efforts. According to Frank Welsch, a member of the board of management responsible for technical development, the automaker needs to focus on electric vehicles:
“The Volkswagen brand will be facing enormous challenges. With the upcoming expansion in electrification of our vehicle range we must focus all our efforts on important future technologies. We far exceeded our sporting goals from the WRC, currently we are realigning Volkswagen Motorsport as well as moving the vehicle technology of the future more starkly into focus.”
No doubt, the “enormous challenges” Welsch references are related to the incredible cost of settling the diesel-emissions scandal. The total cost there could reach $20 billion, forcing Volkswagen Group to make significant spending cuts. Just last week, Audi announced the idea would certainly pull out of endurance racing, where its long-dominant TDI-powered racers are currently a PR liability.
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nevertheless while Audi will turn to Formula E, “Volkswagen will be going to focus more on customer racing,” said Welsch. “As well as the Golf GTI TCR on the circuit track as well as the Beetle GRC in rallycross, we also want to offer customers top products as well as will develop a brand new Polo according to R5 regulations.”
So while we’re sad we won’t get to see the 2017 Polo WRC car compete, at least Volkswagen isn’t completely done with race cars.
This particular story originally appeared on Road & Track.