Volkswagen announces complete retirement from motorsport
The Germans will close the sports department of Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH and focus on the development of "civilian" electric cars.
Volkswagen has announced its final retirement from motor sport. The Germans will completely curtail the activities of the VW Motorsport GmbH division and "concentrate all their efforts on entering the era of electric cars." This is reported by the press service of the automaker.
The entire staff of Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH, consisting of 169 people, will be fully integrated into the main structure of Volkswagen AG and distributed among various divisions. For example, the experience of the engineers and mechanics responsible for the ID.R electric racing car project will be used in the development of future electric road cars.
By the end of the year, Volkswagen will stop producing the Polo GTI R5 rally car for private sports teams competing in the WRC2 class, as well as the Golf GTI TCR for circuit racing. At the same time, the company will continue to produce spare parts for these cars on long-term terms, so their owners "will be able to continue participating in competitions without problems in the foreseeable future."
Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH leaves behind a rich legacy. For example, the Volkswagen Touareg SUV won the Dakar three times, and the Polo R WRC brought the Germans four WRC World Rally Championship titles. In addition, various special modifications of the Golf and Polo models have won the TCR and World RX rallycross championships several times.
Finally, the Volkswagen ID.R electric racing car holds five world speed records, including the all-time record for climbing Pikes Peak in the US state of Colorado (7 minutes and 57.148 seconds), as well as the best time for the Nürburgring North Loop. electric cars (6 minutes and 5.336 seconds).