Volkswagen ceases to produce racing cars with ICENovember 27, 2019
This step underlines the company’s commitment to the strategy of switching to electric motors and touches racing cars participating in the World Rally Championship or the World Championship among cars. True, it will only affect VW brand cars, and not Porsche or Audi, which are part of the same concern.
Volkswagen Motorsport is going to focus on electric car races taking place in Pikes Peak (USA), Nurburgring (Germany), Goodwood (UK) and Tianmen (China). In addition, new racing car concepts for the ID line will be developed based on the MEB electric platform, Digital Trends writes.
“Electric transport offers great potential for the automotive industry, and in this sense, motorsport can be an innovator: on the one hand, it serves as a laboratory for the development of future production cars, and on the other, a compelling marketing platform that further reveals the benefits of electric transport for people,” said Sven Smiths, director of motorsport at VW.
Production of the Golf GTI TCR race car will end later this year. Technical support and the production of spare parts, however, will continue for many more years, the company promised.
Officially, the VW team will not take part in the races of the World Rally Championship or in the circuit races of Sebastian Loeb.
VW electric cars have already proven themselves in racing – they hold records for high-speed climb to Pikes Peak and Mount Tianmen, as well as at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new electric prototype ID.R also set a lap record in the Nurburgring race.
As for conventional VW cars with internal combustion engines, they also did not have much time left – in 2026 the company will present the latest generation of internal combustion engines in its history.
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