If a few days ago Audi was surprising to all confirming his departure of the WEC and the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans, today it’s up to another mark of the group say goodbye to a competition that had several years dominating without leave chance to other rivals, both pilots and builders. We refer to Volkswagen, which has just made official his departure from the WRC at the end of the season.
In the past four years, the brand of the car of the people has not made the slightest opportunity to rivals in competition within the world of rallying, WRC, having won the last four drivers and constructors titles with Sebastian Ogier and the Volkswagen Polo R, conquering 42 of the 51 disputed rallies.
Volkswagen has confirmed his goodbye to the WRC as well as guarantees employment for their workers. And the German brand seems to have followed exactly the same recipe that used Audi a few days ago to inform of his exit from the Championship of the world of resistance. According to Volkswagen, the expansion of electrification in its range of future models should focus its efforts on technologies for the future.
On the other hand and, despite his output of the WRC, the company declares that besides focus is in the future models electrified also will be present in racing customer with vehicles as the Golf GTI TCR, the Beetle GRC and Polo R5.
Volkswagen Motorsport director, Sven Smeets, explained: “of course, much regret the departure of the WRC, since this was the most successful chapter in the history of the Volkswagen brand in the world of motor racing.” Since we are aware of the great challenges facing enterprise-wide, we want that our realignment will contribute to the success of the Volkswagen brand, from now on we will focus on upcoming technologies in motor sport and our range of sports for the client“.”
In this way, Volkswagen closes a glorious time in the top of the world of rallying.