Saturday, May 7, 2011
Volkswagen enters the World Rally Championship (WRC)
The automaker will participate in the race with Polo R WRC "and will participate in the competition between these factory teams of Citroen, Ford and Mini, which starts this weekend in the Rally of Sardinia.
"We look forward to this new challenge. We work on the project with the same passion with which we won the Dakar Rally in the last three years," said the director of the department of motor sports Volkswagen Chris Nissen.
For the company's entry in the WRC is spoken by about 3 years and as a major motivation indicating potential withdrawal at the end of the season with a dominating seven consecutive world titles for Citroen Sebastien Loeb. The German team will have a record budget of 100 million.
In the ranks of motorsport there were comments that the vast amount implies the withdrawal of Volkswagen in the Dakar Rally, dominated after penetration with relatively the same annual budget. These claims now remain officially unconfirmed.
"We can rely on an experienced and proven team that work great in the sport at the highest level in recent years. WRC is a new area for us and we must learn in many ways," said Nissen. He added that Volkswagen will do, thanks to their professionalism. As a consultant to the team will include four-time World Rally Champion and the first pilot in the Dakar Carlos Sainz.
Volkswagen enters the World Rally Championship with a budget of 100 million
WRC offers a variety of competitions against other popular sports car. Teams are drawn from various surfaces, in which pilots show their skills. Along with great technical resemblance to production cars, these are the main factors that have caused Volkswagen to present the possibilities of "Polo" in the WRC.
This year the calendar includes 13 races on four continents. This season introduced some technological innovations, the most significant of which is the 1.6-liter turbocharged four that are considered the main reason for the entry of Volkswagen in the WRC.