Volkswagen Motorsport is a one hundred per cent subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. The company includes the commercial management, technology and development, workshop as well communications and marketing divisions. Founded in Munich on 11 July 1966 as the Formula Vee Association Europe, the company moved to Hannover in 1973.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the team from Wolfsburg won the challenging Dakar Rally, and has run successful one-make cups since the 1970s. From 2013 to 2016, Volkswagen competed in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with its own factory team, securing the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles four times in a row. Volkswagen took part in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) with the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team, triumphing in the driver and team rankings in both 2017 and 2018.
Currently, the focus lies mainly on customer racing in rallying and circuit championships. The Golf GTI TCR has more than 20 titles to its name in TCR-regulation series since 2015. In the 2019 season, four Volkswagen-backed vehicles will compete in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup for the first time. Volkswagen also provides a customer race car for rallying with the Polo GTI R5 – a vehicle that has proven its racing qualities in national and international rally events from the get-go.
Volkswagen Motorsport has demonstrated the enormous capabilities of electric power with the purely electric powered ID. R. In 2018, Romain Dumas set the new overall record at the historic hill-climb on Pikes Peak. The ID. R is the racing forerunner to the new ID. product family – Volkswagen’s wide range of purely electric vehicles to be launched from 2020.