At today's meeting of the board of directors, the Volkswagen Group gave the green light for its Audi and Porsche brands to enter Formula 1. The entry or return of renowned German brands to F1 has been talked about and speculated for a long time, and a Volkswagen representative confirmed to Reuters. that the two brands will also reveal details soon. While Reuters reports that Audi is expected to enter Formula 1 by buying the McLaren team for half a billion euros and Porsche will enter as a technology partner of the Red Bull team, German Auto Motor und Sport claims that the McLaren team is not for sale, so the Germans are expected to buy the Sauber team, which is a close partner of Ferrari under the name Alfa Romeo, and in their wind tunnel Audi is already developing its Le Mans series car. The buyout of the team is also expected to be on the table
At Volkswagen, they continue to expand the model range of the eighth generation Golf model. After the classic sedan, there is now another body version: the new Golf Variant. It was first introduced in 1992 with the third generation Golf. It quickly became a bestseller, convincing more than 3 million drivers worldwide to date with its greater spaciousness and flexibility. Volkswagen is now coming to the market with the Golf Variant, which is introducing new design dynamics to the compact space giants segment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSOL0kf5oGU In fact, the new Golf Variant features a striking front end and a muscular shoulder section in the style of Shooting Brake. Despite this new sportiness, the Volkswagen model remains a multifunctional vehicle with plenty of space: the new Golf Vari
The Volkswagen Group, with its core brand, will no longer be active in motorsport. The Volkswagen Motorsport sports department will be disbanded and 169 employees will be reassigned to jobs elsewhere in the group. The group justifies this with a "shift and further focus of the company" - which in other words means a shift to a fully electric car brand. The company guarantees that the supply of spare parts for Golf GTI TCR and Polo R5 vehicles will be guaranteed in the long run. https://twitter.com/volkswagenms/status/1309057198497107969 "The Volkswagen brand is on track to become a leading provider of sustainable electromobility. To this end, we are pooling our resources and have decided to stop playing motorsport," says the member. management of the Volkswagen Group for
According to Honda's announcement that it will withdraw from Formula 2021 after the 1 season, German media report that the Red Bull team is already in talks with the German brand Porsche about the supply of engines. Volkswagen has been looking for an opportunity to interfere in the Formula 1 championship with its luxury brand Porsche for a long time, and for this purpose they are now concluding a cooperation with the Red Bull Racing team, but it is not about cooperation in the 2022 season, but only in 2026, when Formula 1 will get a new powertrain design. Although the cooperation would start only in 6 years, such an agreement should be concluded soon, as mostly all engine manufacturers started developing current powertrains a few years before the introduction in the 2014 season.
Volkswagen’s IDR electric car, driven by Romain Dumas, was the first in the history of the Pikes Peak mountain speed race to complete the ascent in less than eight minutes. The Frenchman had to wait a bit for his performance, as the competitor flew off the track in front of him, injuring the spectator, and then completed the 19.9km long course in 7m, 57.148 seconds, thus breaking the record of 8m, 13.878 seconds, which he set up five years ago by Sebastien Loeb with a 3.2-liter Peugeot 208. “There was some fog on the track and the track was a bit damp in a few places,” Dumas said. "I'm happy with the result, but in the middle part I could go even faster if the bilasthesis was dry." The German carmaker set out for Colorado with the goal of breaking the record for electric vehicles, which previously stood at 9
Sebastien Ogier broke a series of rallies without a win in Germany after coming to the finish line with a 20-second lead over Dani Sord. “I missed the victories, I missed them very much,” the overjoyed Frenchman said. "I haven't fought to win with Andreas and Thierry in a long time." Second and third place went to Hyundai racers Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville. The team rivals clashed for second place, and the latter was 0.1 seconds too slow to overtake Sorda.
Volkswagen has unveiled the first picture of their racing Polo for the 2017 season. It is a presentation of the look under the new rules, according to which rally cars will be wider, lighter and more powerful. Volkswagen began testing parts for the new car last August.
In Žire, a small town at the end of the Poljanska valley, in a small private garage, Marko Mlakar is constantly diligently upgrading his racing VW Golf II, with which he competes in mountain speed racing. Instead of a sequential gearbox, Marko installed a system in the Golf, which, despite the "classic" H-gearbox, allows quick gear changes by pulling the steering wheel lever. The system leaves a deep impression on many people, as it is used by the legend during mountain races, Felix Pailer, for example in his Lancia Delta. The MME Motorsport electro-pneumatic system changes gears in just 0,08 seconds. You can see the operation in the video below, and you may meet the Golf and its creator in one of the mountain speed races this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLVy
Eddie Jordan, the former head of the Formula One team who has been working with the British television BBC in recent years, claims that the Red Bull team will soon change owners. Jordan had previously correctly announced the transfer of Lewis Hamilton from McLaren to Mercedes, but now claims that Volkswagen will buy a team to equip it with its own engine, and Red Bull is expected to remain one of the major sponsors. The team is expected to use Ferrari powertrains by 2018, when Volkswagen builds its engine, which it will offer under one of its Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley, Seat or Škoda brands. Red Bull and Volkswagen are already similarly participating in the WRC World Rally Championship, where they recently won their third consecutive world title with Sebastian Ogier.