Volkswagen to terminate its global motorsport activities, India programme to continue

The Indian programme run under the banner of Volkswagen Ameo Cup will however, continue as before.

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Volkswagen ID.R electric race car
The role as a technological pioneer will continue to be taken over by the Volkswagen ID.R electric race car.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The brand is terminating its motorsport activities as part of the company’s realignment and further focusing.
  • The Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH workforce will be integrated in Volkswagen AG.
  • The Indian programme run under the banner of Volkswagen Ameo Cup will however, continue as before.

The Volkswagen brand is pooling strengths for the transformation to the mobile electric era. The brand is terminating its motorsport activities as part of the company’s realignment and further focusing. The Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH workforce will be integrated into Volkswagen AG. Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH based in Hanover employs 169 people who will be integrated into Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg over the coming months. The Indian programme run under the banner of Volkswagen Ameo Cup will, however, continue as before.

In hindsight, Volkswagen is focusing its motorsport strategy on electric mobility, backed up by the farewell to factory-backed commitments using internal combustion engines. The role as a technological pioneer will continue to be taken over by the ID.R electric race car, which has set important milestones for electric mobility with records at Pikes Peak, Nürburgring, Goodwood, and Tianmen. In addition, Volkswagen Motorsport will develop new motorsport concepts for the ID. family on the basis of the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), on which numerous electric production vehicles will be based.

A top official from VW Motorsport India told Auto Today, “Volkswagen India will continue with its Motorsport program based on ICE vehicles in India. Due to the on-going pandemic, we have recently commenced our Virtual Racing Championship, the first virtual Motorsport championship in India, and are hoping to be back on track in 2021 with our one-make series. Volkswagen Motorsport India will continue in its endeavor to nurture and provide a dynamic platform for young budding talents across the nation.”

Correspondingly, Volkswagen Motorsport’s customer sport programme will also be electrified. The first stage will involve different disciplines, platforms, and vehicle types being examined and evaluated. Parallel to this, the production of the Golf GTI TCR for the racetrack will expire at the end of 2019, and a successor based on the new generation will not be offered. The long-term supply of spare parts for the Polo GTI R5 and Golf GTI TCR for the racing circuit is secure. Production of the customer sport Polo GTI R5 for rallying expires at the end of 2020.