Volkswagen's new focus on electric mobility will be backed up by the farewell to factory-backed motorsport commitments using internal combustion engines.
Volkswagen has announced that it will now be focusing its motorsport strategy solely on electric mobility. The clear emphasis on fully electric racing cars will be backed up by a farewell to factory-backed commitments using internal combustion engines.
The Polo GTI R5 will continue to be produced for customer teams, while factory-backed competition entries will cease The ID.R electric race car, which has set important milestones for electric mobility with records at Pikes Peak, Nurburgring, Goodwood and Tianmen, will continue its role as a technological pioneer. 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.
Correspondingly, Volkswagen Motorsport's customer sport programme will also be electrified, and Volkswagen is currently studying platforms and vehicle types for their suitability across different motorsport disciplines. 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. Customer service and spare parts supply will be guaranteed in the long term.
The Polo GTI R5 remains an integral part of Volkswagen Motorsport's customer sport offering and will continue to be produced for customer teams. The Hanover base will be responsible for continued customer support, spare parts supply and the competitiveness of the Polo. Factory-backed competition entries with the Polo GTI R5 will no longer go ahead.