Volkswagen will enter the WRC in 2013, the announcement was made at a special media conference ahead of the WRC Rally d’Italia Sardegna this evening.
The FIA, motorsport’s governing body, will drive the WRC to become the pinnacle of motorsport at the same time as it grows to ever greater heights.
Volkswagen has confirmed it will enter the Polo as its platform of choice for its rallying campaign, and the machine will be named the Polo R WRC. No drivers have yet been confirmed.
The WRC is now a global brand platform, with 13 events on four continents and reaching 80 million viewers. Rallying is regarded as a “real” platform to showcase motoring and cars.
Kris Nissen, head of Volkswagen Group’s Motorsport activities, stated that their cars will be running by the end of 2011 with a full year of testing in 2012 before they launch an assault for the WRC titles in 2013. Carlos Sainz will serve as Nissen’s right-hand man in terms of development and testing. The brand will be looking for young German rallying talent to take the brand to the top of the rally timesheets.
Volkswagen will reportedly spend the same budget on rallying as they have on their successful Dakar campaigns.
In terms of Dakar, Volkswagen will withdraw as an official factory team but will still offer assistance and support to customer teams in the world’s most demanding endurance event.
Handbrakes & Hairpins would like to thank Mark Pym for his insight and information used to compile this article.