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  1. Misc. Professional Racing
    Last year’s World Rally Championship runner up and former VW driver, Andreas Mikkelsen is having a pretty rotten 2017. The young Norwegian has had two VW seats fall out from beneath him, and now he hasn’t got a ride for 2017. "Basically everything that could have gone wrong went wrong and the...
  2. Misc. Professional Racing
    Former WRC-3 drivers’ champion and Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah is reportedly in talks with Volkswagen to purchase the 2017 Polo R WRC. Before abruptly exiting World Rally Championship competition at the end of the 2016 season, Volkswagen was working on its 2017 car. Last week, VW executives...
  3. Misc. Professional Racing
    Volkswagen Motorsport has spent the last four years racing through the world’s wooded areas faster than anyone else, but that’s all come to a stop now. Now that the 2016 WRC season is over, so is Volkswagen’s top flight rally team. The team today released their video saying goodbye. And that's...
  4. Misc. Professional Racing
    It was a bittersweet end to the WRC season in Australia, as everyone knew that the quadruple championship-winning Volkswagen Motorsport would not return for the next season. Its drivers, all—as far as we know—without a WRC seat next year were racing for their lives as they looked for employment...
  5. Misc. Professional Racing
    Jari-Matti LAtvala says that Volkswagen’s decision to withdraw from the WRC came as a total shock to him. “Last week's news was far from pleasant,” Latvala told crash.net. “I can only repeat that I will always remember the time at Volkswagen Motorsport. The many great moments mean a lot to me...
  6. Misc. Professional Racing
    Rumors of Volkswagen’s departure from the top rung of the World Rally Championship yesterday are now being confirmed by an official release from Volkswagen. The record setting Polo R WRC will no longer race as VW refocuses itself on customer and electric racing. "The Volkswagen brand is facing...
  7. Misc. Professional Racing
    The Polo R WRC is set to  go the way of the Audi R18 and the dodo as Volkswagen will stop competing in the World Rally Championship at the end of this season. Autocar reports that at a meeting today Volkswagen decided to end its WRC program on the heels of its fourth Manufacturers'...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    We’ve all been on the highway when a massive truck decides that 32 nano meters would be appropriate distance to follow us from. Well, Jari-Matti Latvala just had a similar experience on a section of the Finnish rally stage. Fortunately for the World Rally Championship driver’s ego, the truck...
  9. Misc. Professional Racing
    The 2017 Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC was out testing again, and this time it was in the hands of the team’s top driver. In fact, it was in the hands of the series’ top driver, Sebastien Ogier. The Frenchman was tearing through the hills of Volkswagen’s home rally, the ADAC Rallye...
  10. Misc. Professional Racing
    The 80 th running of the much loved Finnish Rally was by no means an easy one for Volkswagen Motorsport, but after all was said an done the team’s three drivers are now in first, second, and third in the driver’s championship. The Finnish rally ended best for Jari-Matti Latvala, who often does...
  11. Misc. Professional Racing
    Jari-Matti Latvala is hoping to win his fourth straight home (Finnish, that is) rally this weekend. This is an important race for the Finn, who sits in fourth place overall in the championship standings at the season’s halfway point. Although fourth is nothing to sneeze at, Latvala, who...
  12. Misc. Professional Racing
    As we draw closer to the Rally Finland, which starts today, it’s a good time to look back on what has happened and forward to what is coming, since the Finnish rally marks the beginning of the second half of the 14 race season. Before the 2016 season started, the smart money would have been on...
  13. Misc. Professional Racing
    Although Volkswagen Motorsport leads both the driver’s and the manufacturer’s championships, it’s been quite a long time since one of their drivers actually won a rally. That’s why it’s so nice to see Andreas Mikkelsen win for only the second time at the 73 rd PZM Rally Poland. The Polish...
  14. Misc. Professional Racing
    The WRC is in Poland and after only one stage there are three Volkswagens in the top five. Today’s special stage at the Mikolajki Arena is the first stage, but the rally doesn’t begin in earnest until Friday. Today’s super special stage was less than two minutes long, and less than a second...
  15. Misc. Professional Racing
    Jari-Matti Latvala finished second and Sebastien Ogier claimed third at the Rally Italia Sardegna this weekend. The Volkswagen drivers finished just behind Thierry Neuville, in his Hyundai. Andreas Mikkelsen, the third Volkswagen driver, meanwhile finished 13 th . The battle for the overall...
  16. Misc. Professional Racing
    Today is the holiest day on the calendar, National Donut Day, so celebrate with us as we run through videos of Volkswagen doing that finest of car feats: the donut. Volkswagen Golf VR6 Turbo 4Motion Donuts Rain. A big empty parking lot. Powered rear wheels. A heavy foot. These are the...
  17. Rally Racing
    It was a big weekend in WRC as the famous Vodafone Rally de Portugal drew hundreds of thousands of fans and Volkswagen Motorsports extended its championship lead substantially, claiming two steps on the podium. Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Anders Jaeger were the top VW performers in...
  18. Rally Racing
    After a nearly month-long break, Volkswagen Motorsports' three Polo R WRCs are back in action at the famous Vodafone Rally de Portugal. Although they have big hopes, they've started with a disadvantage. With the activities starting last night, Volkswagen has looked quick, but not dominant...
  19. Rally Racing
    The team at Volkswagen Motorsport are the current experts at building rally cars. Having won last year’s World Rally Championship and leading this year’s handily, they team seem to have a handle on going fast with low grip. One of the keys to that success appears to be getting an early start...
  20. Rally Racing
    Volkswagen Motorsport were frustrated, in Argentina this weekend, in their attempt to set record number of consecutive wins in the World Rally Championship. It was unlucky 13 for them as leader Jari-Matti Latvala crashed out of the rally on Saturday afternoon. Latvala’s crash handed the lead to...
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