Volkswagen has announced that it is not going to be taking part in any more motorsport going forward, including touring car racing, rally as well as the new ID R all electric race car. The company wants to start “pooling its strengths” to push its electric car business forward.
Volkswagen only started the ID R project in the last few years and has had a success with it at Pikes Peak for example. The team at VW in charge of the motorsport division is based in Hanover and all 169 of them will be helping the company in general in Wolfsburg.
“The Volkswagen brand is on the way to becoming the leading provider of sustainable e-mobility. To this end, we are pooling our strengths and have decided to terminate the Volkswagen brand’s motorsport activities. The motorsport workforce will be integrated in Volkswagen AG.”
Frank Welsch – Member of the board in charge of development
Volkswagen has also been using the new Polo GTI as a rally car and the Golf GTI TCR as a touring car and despite four WRC titles and three World Rallycross Championship titles this will all come to an end.