Volkswagen Is Finished With Gas-Powered Motorsports



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Automakers enjoy to remind us how “< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","",{"metric25":1}]] href="" > close ” our electrical and autonomous future is, while a great deal of significant racing departments they take part in stay powered,< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","",{"metric25":1}]] href="" > at least partially, by internal-combustion engines. Volkswagen is done with all of that, apparently. It prepares to only race electrical cars and trucks from now on.

Volkswagen < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","",{"metric25":1}]] href="" > revealed the plans Friday, stating it is “focusing its motorsport method on electrical mobility “moving forward and that” a clear emphasis on completely electric racing automobiles will be backed up by the farewell to factory-backed dedications utilizing internal combustion engines.”

There was a much less puzzling way to say this, such as, “We’re ending our ICE-powered motorsport efforts in order to race EVs going forward.” But, you know, no one asked me to modify it.

Anyway, the statement indicates a couple of things: The Volkswagen ID.R prototype that’s been all over < a data-ga ="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","",{"metric25":1}]] href="” > hillclimb courses and to the < a data-ga= "[["Embedded Url","Internal link","",{"metric25":1}]] href= " 1835201583" > Nürburgring will continue to be the poster child, while Volkswagen will develop out the ID race-car family with the< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","",{"metric25":1}]] href=" " > Modular Electric Drive Packagearchitecture” on which many electric production cars will be based.” The release kept in mind that motorsports utilizing new and in-development technology are an excellent test ground for how the technology will do when it takes a beating, while also being a marketing platform.

The switch to electric will not be totally about growing the motorsport steady. Volkswagen stated some programs will end, while others will make the move to electric power. (The Volkswagen Group currently participates in the all-electric Formula E championship < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","",{"metric25":1}]] href=" batmobile-in-pursuit-of-efficiency. html" > under the Audi name)

From the release:

Correspondingly, Volkswagen Motorsport’s customer sport program will also be energized. The very first stage will involve various disciplines, platforms and vehicle types being analyzed and assessed. Parallel to this, the production of the Golf GTI TCR for the racetrack will expire at the end of 2019, and a follower based on the brand-new generation will not be provided. Customer care and spare parts supply will be guaranteed in the long term.

The Polo GTI R5 remains an integral part of Volkswagen Motorsport’s customer sport offering and will continue to be produced for customer groups. The Hanover base will be accountable for ongoing consumer assistance, extra parts supply and the competitiveness of the Polo. Factory-backed competitors entries with the Polo GTI R5 will no longer proceed.

Leaving behind non-EV motorsports totally seems a big proceed the surface, given that major departments like NASCAR and Formula One stay < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","",{"metric25":1}]] href="" > under gas power However Volkswagen has done more in< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","",{"metric25":1}]] href=" years-of-fast/" > rally and touring cars anyhow, and there is an ever-growing number of choices for EV racing out there.

It’s also good for outside PR. The company has communicated < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","",{"metric25":1}]] href="" > with its own advertisementsthat it wants to heroically rise from the ashes of its self-created < a data-ga ="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","",{"metric25":1}]] href="" > Dieselgate emissions scandal, and boldly announcing that you’re leaving what’s still a staple of modern motorsports, the ICE, is one step toward that.

We’ll just need to see how well it works.

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