WRC » VW commits to WRC until 2019


Volkswagen has committed to a four-year extension to its original WRC commitment, taking it through to the end of the 2019 campaign.

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DafyddLarcombe

June 10, 2014 2:03 PM

This is fantastic news for the Sport and should demonstrate to dithering Manufacturers like Ford who are sitting on the Fence that the WRC is there to use as an Effective Marketing Tool, its is like VW are in the swimming Pool shouting for all the other Manufacturers to come on in, the water is Lovely !!!

Ford need to Return and Invest not just money but belief and long term support. In all Due respect to Hyundai they have done just that and if they can do it from Nothing then Ford can do it with all their history and what they already have available to them in the form of M-sport

Toyota will be next to make its official Return to the WRC in 2017, Ford can Return in an official capacity any time they desire as they just have to open their wallet and sit back around the Table at M-Sport, hopefully this will send a powerful message to Ford in the USA.

DafyddLarcombe

June 11, 2014 12:55 PM

Its a strange one !

Ford were always the one Manufacturer you knew was in Rallying for the Long Haul, then in the last few seasons they began dithering about their participation, it is understandable that Manufacturers like Toyota Peugeot Mitsubishi and Subaru have all tucked and Run in the past but now we finally have new Teams coming through like VW and Hyundai so they obviously want a peace of the action, they are having to Invest Huge Resources to create new Teams from Nothing, Ford have everything they need including a Base, all the Equiptment, all the cars, all the knowledge nd drivers and staff, it would be so easy to Return, I don't know why they don't when other Teams are jumping through Hoops to Join the WRC. Maybe its just that the Money comes from The U.S. and over there they prefer only left hand bends, Boring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALangheck

June 10, 2014 6:34 PM

Should be Good News, and on paper it is. However, what has made VW sign up for another 5 years? Will they get their way with the 'shoot out' which has no place in Rallying. I fear for the formats of WRC events, even less Endurance, and more gimmicks. I hope I'm wrong.

What will the 2017 car regs bring? Hybrids? If so, Toyota will likely join, if not then they won't. I can't think of other Manufacturers who might be interested, apart from possibly Opel. All the others seem more interested in the WEC and who can blame them?

As for Ford, I really don't know, if it's the US arm that controls the budget, then I won't be holding my breath, it's NASCAR and TUSC were their money is going.

Taz

June 11, 2014 8:54 AM

JukkaX: K, Ford back now a.s.a.p. and make VW suffer the whole five years damn it..


Unless it's more than a half hearted effort like it has been for the last while then only Ford will suffer. I'd like to see someone challenge VW though.

I wonder will Citroen commit though?

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