Volkswagen shifting its motorsport focus to production-based customer racing. |


Published on June 5th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Volkswagen shifting its motorsport focus to production-based customer racing.

After winning the WRC (World Rally Championship) for four dominant seasons, and confirming that it would bring an end to its Formula 3 engine supply program as the category introduces new regulations for 2019, it looks like VW is moving away from professional motorsports.

Volkswagen’s current F3 supply effort began in late 2007 when it began producing 2-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines for the FIA-backed European F3 series as well as other regional championships.

Now it is turning its attention to its TCR customer touring car, the Golf GTI TCR, and the Polo R5 rally car which will be made available later this year.

“In the future, we will place even greater emphasis on Volkswagen products. The Golf GTI TCR is already an important ambassador for the brand in many racing series around the world, and we are pursuing the same goal with the new Polo GTI R5,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.

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