FREE NEWSLETTER

Volkswagen focuses on future technologies

2 November 2016

Following the shock axing of its WRC programme, like Audi Sport, Volkswagen Motorsport has announced that it is focussing on “important future technologies.”

In a similar fashion to Audi exiting Le Mans in favour of Formula E, Volkswagen Motorsport is exiting the World Rally Championship at the end of the year.

“With the upcoming expansion in electrification of our vehicle range we must focus all our efforts on important future technologies,” explained Frank Welsch, member of the board of management responsible for Technical Development. “We are realigning Volkswagen Motorsport and moving the vehicle technology of the future more starkly into focus.”

The German automotive manufacturer wrapped up its fourth WRC Manufacturers title in a row at the 2016 Wales Rally GB. The title confirmed VW as the most dominant force in recent rallying history, winning 42 rallies out of 51 entries.

The announcement comes just days after Red Bull Global Rallycross revealed that it is creating a separate electric rallycross class for 2018.

Sven Smeets, motorsport director for Volkswagen added: “From now on, the focus is on upcoming technologies in motorsport and on our customer sports range, where we will position ourselves more broadly and attractively.”

Partners

Latest issue

FREE Newsletter

Stay up to date and a chance to win 1 Years Subscription*

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Tweets

Stay up to date with our social world

RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
10 Aug
Ford unveils new NASCAR Mustang https://t.co/vtai11IcoB
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
10 Aug
VW ID R Pikes Peak: 2-way knowledge transfer https://t.co/cQOGHUZhBR
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
9 Aug
Brawn says F1 could be all electric in 10 years https://t.co/gTpWcoIUvQ
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
9 Aug
September issue out now! Updates on new cars in #WRX, a new #F1Esports prog, a look @FormulaStudent #autonomous cat… https://t.co/5h5MHHFEIg
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
9 Aug
Turn your back... https://t.co/hCa7jatsZU
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
8 Aug
#Britcar, the UK’s leading #EnduranceRacing Championship, has announced an extended partnership with @DunlopMSport,… https://t.co/jVBKzFSFCc
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
8 Aug
Delighted to announce that @BrynBalcombe, the Chief Strategy Officer of @roborace will be joining us as a speaker… https://t.co/0msm6qEBT1
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
3 Aug
BTCC to go hybrid from 2021 https://t.co/h8od6St4UE