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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
    Ehra-Lessing is a wonderful place full of wonderful things. May you come back as an Ehra-Lessing test driver. Volkswagen’s in-house proving grounds is the site of a recent video featuring the ID.4—which is set to be revealed in just a few days on September 23. The car is taken down a fairly...
  3. 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...
  4. Misc. Professional Racing
    Before you and your team of semi-professional rally mechanics take to the woods to inevitably win the WRC2 championship in your Polo GTI R5, Volkswagen Motorsport had to shake it down to make sure it was ready for competition. We’ve been hearing over the past couple of weeks just how well...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    This is Volkswagen's latest World Rally Championship rally racer. A 272 hp, turbocharged four-cylinder all-wheel drive Polo. The Polo GTI R5 starts with a standard production Polo chassis. But it doesn't stay standard for long. It starts with an FIA spec roll cage. Then there's that engine. The...
  6. 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...
  7. Volkswagen News Blog
    The ill remembered Seat Cordoba WRC could never really match the Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer during its career, but the 500 hp rally car sure looks good in retirement. With its huge spoiler, its ripping engine note, and more than its fair share of sideways fun, the Cordoba has never...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Misc. Professional Racing
    Volkswagen has decided to get its rallycross act together and hired former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg to help the team become the FIA World Rallycross Champions. His first test with the car just found its way onto YouTube. Despite dominating in the American Red Bull Global Rallycross...
  12. Misc. Professional Racing
    Fresh off his class win in a Skoda at Monte Carlo , Andreas Mikkelsen says he hasn’t given up on racing the 2017 VW Polo R WRC this year. While it’s certain that the car won’t race the full season, Mikkelsen hopes he can get the car into three rallies this year. “The aim is to be back in a...
  13. 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...
  14. Misc. Professional Racing
    Following Volkswagen’s surprise decision to exit the World Rally Championship late last year, it was revealed that the automaker wanted to homologate the Polo R WRC so that a privateer team could race the car. Now, though, the other teams have raised concerns about the Polo, making the car even...
  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
    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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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