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  1. The Car Lounge
    There's a NASCAR one, there should be a Rally one. I'll start. Olympus Rally this weekend claimed a LOT of entrants here's Ken Block's video https://dirtfish.com/rally/ara/ https://www.americanrallyassociation.org/ WRC - World Rally Championship Side note: if you love Rally and want to...
  2. Volkswagen News Blog
    The ‘80s were among the most formative years for Audi. Its reputation as a performance manufacturer, the reputation of all-wheel-drive, and one of rallying’s most important decades are all irrevocably linked thanks to Audi. So the brand’s UK office has opened up the vault to show off some of...
  3. Volkswagen News Blog
    The wonderful thing about LEGO is that even as kits have become more elaborate and well-defined, the spirit of inventiveness and imagination never died. Take, for example, this series of photographs from EVO contributor, Dominic Fraser . Fraser has spent his time in self-isolation recreating...
  4. Misc. Professional Racing
    As Volkswagen invests heavily in its production EV future, the German automaker will transition away from internal combustion and toward electric powertrains in its motorsport endeavors, as well. The company is preparing to cancel all of its factory internal combustion racing programs save for...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Eifel Rallye Festival is the biggest gathering of old rally cars in Germany. Think Goodwood, but with more dirt and more sideways. Every big historic car show needs a theme, and this year, the theme is Pikes Peak. The big wing, big turbo monsters that flew up the hill in the 1980s. When...
  6. Misc. Professional Racing
    Volkswagen Motorsports will end its involvement in popular feeder series Formula 3 in 2018 to focus instead on rallying and touring car racing. The announcement marks the end of an era in which numerous German drivers rose to the highest ranks of motorsport via VW. Between 1982 and 1991, all...
  7. Misc. Professional Racing
    Although it came as a result of some unfortunate dealings in the head office, VW’s WRC program did what most performers can only dream of doing: quitting while it was on top. Having won the WRC championship four years straight, VW’s team left the sport before it could be beaten. So sudden was...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    Who hasn't dreamed of careening over trails and zipping through forests in an honest-to-goodness race car? Now's your chance to own your very own rally Rabbit: a highly modified 1984 Volkswagen GTI. This hopped-up hot hatch is our latest Find of the Day. Volkswagen invented a whole new class of...
  9. Misc. Professional Racing
    The 2018 Polo GTI R5 saw it's tarmac stage test debut and it's a cornucopia of sideways action and chirping wastegates. The first tarmac test day for the new VW rally car took place in the Austrian town of Strallegg. The twisty, windy mountain roads are the perfect place to put the rally Polo...
  10. Volkswagen News Blog
    Now, I've gone on record before saying things about compact SUVs that are less than kind. Comparing them to jellybeans in shape in interchangeability, accusing them of being useless, expensive, and all kinds of other things. But, as always, the crucible of motorsport is the compact SUV's savior...
  11. Misc. Professional Racing
    The result of VW’s latterly abandoned WRC racer, the Polo GTI R5 customer race car has successfully completed its first tests in Fortjohn… Fontjonk… Fontjoncouse, France. “A successful first test is a good sign and great motivation,” said Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “After the...
  12. Misc. Professional Racing
    It took four time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier a surprisingly long time to find a new seat in the series following Volkswagen’s shocking withdrawal from the series and now we’re getting some insight as to why. It seems that the French driver who won all of his WRC titles with VW didn’t...
  13. Misc. Professional Racing
    The long saga of the 2017 Volkswagen Polo R is finally over. The FIA has ruled not to homologate the car, which means that it won’t be allowed to race in any rallies this season. The decision comes following two weeks of meetings between the World Rally Championship’s governing body and...
  14. Misc. Professional Racing
    Andreas Mikkelsen was the unfortunate victim of some bad luck this season. The former VW World Rally Championship driver and last year’s driver’s championship runner up found himself without a ride this season the WRC. The reason may have been his loyalty to the team, but whatever the case he...
  15. Misc. Professional Racing
    Our last hope of seeing a Polo R in the World Rally Championship this year is now gone. Qatari sportsman Nasser Al-Attiyah now says that there wasn’t enough time to get the car racing this season, but that there is hope for 2018. Al-Attiyah worked hard with VW to draw up a deal for the coming...
  16. Misc. Professional Racing
    Volkswagen’s decision to back out of top tier rallying surprised a lot of people, in no small part because they were already developing their 2017 World Rally Championship car. In fact, the Polo WRC was close enough to being race-ready, that now VW says it's worth finishing. That’s the news...
  17. 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...
  18. 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'...
  19. Misc. Professional Racing
    Volkswagen Motorsport claimed its fourth straight World Rally Championship manufacturer’s title, thanks in no small part to Sebastien Ogier’s fourth straight rally win at this weekend’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. With that, Volkswagen has won this season’s three major WRC titles: the...
  20. Misc. Professional Racing
    On October 27 Sebastien Ogier, fresh off his championship winning performance in Spain, will be in Wales fighting to get his team, Volkswagen Motorsport, the manufacturer’s title. With him, he’ll have his two teammates, and some moral support from Bertie the Beetle Bertie is a 1958 Volkswagen...
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