VW looks at WRC entry

VW reveals it could move into the WRC as early as 2013
Volkswagen motorsport director Kris Nissen has revealed that the German manufacturer is interested in entering the World Rally Championship and could join the championship as early as 2013.

VW has focused its attention in recent years on Rally Raid competition with its Touareg – the latest version of which was revealed recently ahead of VW's defence of the Dakar crown next year.

However, having been present in Germany last weekend – where Carlos Sainz drove a bio-fuelled Scirocco as the Zero Car – VW has now revealed that it could follow MINI in moving into the WRC when new regulations are brought into place in the coming years.

“We've been looking into this for more than a year,” Nissen told the official WRC website. “We think it's very interesting and I have never made a secret out of it. The fact is we are very, very happy to see MINI and now there will be three manufacturers.

“We are very happy with the co-operation of Jean Todt and the FIA. In two or three years we will see even more interesting rally for the spectators and for the people at the races. That's something we like to hear and we are more than interested.”

VW could model a WRC machine on a number of its cars – including the Scirocco or the Golf – but Nissen said it would be a number of years before the manufacturer would be in a position to put a car on the stages.

“When we press the button we need about two years and that means if in the short future - I'm talking about the next months - we could make a decision we could be there in 2013 but if not we can be there in 2014,” he said. “We are really very pleased to see the way the rally is going and we also need to think about the history of motorsport. We have always had cars on the track, especially F1 cars, we have Le Mans cars - which is also a historic race - and we have the rally.

"The rally has always been there, in different formats, but it has always been there. I really think that the World Rally Championship is one of the most interesting sports in motorsport you can have.”

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Carloz Sainz - VW Scirocco [Pic credit: Volkswagen]
3th place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
1st place Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
2n place Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
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Robert Kubica
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

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Stratos Fever - Unregistered

August 30, 2010 3:12 PM

While all the interest by these Manufacturers is welcomed - the WRC needs more than that. The actual WRC needs and overhaul, as do they events. 10 - 14 indentikit events is not what the sport needs - the 'cloverleaf' format has almost killed the sport. Bring back variety - with a mix of 2, 3, 4 day events - with some night stages, etc

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