Motorsport is a team sport and the only way to bring home wins and titles is with a perfectly harmonised team. Which is why Volkswagen Motorsport goes for only the best when choosing partners. You can rely on strong partners. This is particularly valuable when heading into uncharted territory – like at the Dakar Rally, in the FIA World Rally Championship or with the ground-breaking project with the fully electric powered ID. R. With many partners the collaboration has evolved over the years – with good reason.
ANSYS is a world-leading provider of technical simulation solutions and helps the most innovative companies in the world make radical improvements to products for their customers. With its extensive portfolio, ANSYS helps solve the most complex of design challenges and shape products. In the Pikes Peak project, ANSYS played a crucial part in the development of the victorious ID. R Pikes Peak through the simulation of the aerodynamic conditions at Pikes Peak, which couldn’t be reconstructed in the wind tunnel. Even after the record drive in the USA, ANSYS continued to support the project as technology partner.
2019 sees tyre manufacturer Bridgestone and Volkswagen compete in motorsport together for the first time. The first goal: the lap record for electric cars at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the ID.R. The Japanese company, with its focus topics of cutting-edge technology and innovations, is already a valued partner at Volkswagen in the initial kitting out of production cars, and received the accolade in the “Innovation & Technology” category at the Volkswagen Group Awards in 2017.
From specialists in steam engine lubricants to a company operating globally: Castrol developed tailor-made lubricant solutions for the automobile industry. Castrol’s winning formula is not based solely on more than 100 years of experience with lubricants, but also on long-standing partnerships with leading automobile manufacturers. Castrol has been a Volkswagen Motorsport partner since 2005, thereby playing their part in three wins at the Dakar Rally and twelve world championship titles in the WRC, among other things. Castrol is currently a partner in all Volkswagen Motorsport’s projects.
Michelin has developed from a French family business to an international corporation over a period of almost 125 years. Each year, Michelin produces 187 million tyres in 68 production sites in 17 countries. Michelin and Volkswagen have been collaborating in motorsport for years. The most prominent successes the partnership has enjoyed are the twelve world championship titles in the WRC between 2013 and 2016. Currently, the Polo GTI R5 is delivered exclusively with Michelin tyres to customers around the world.
Italian company OMP is one of the leading manufacturers of safety clothing and tuning accessories for the motorsport sector. OMP products are renowned for their quality and the constant pursuit of higher standards – just two of the reasons why OMP and Volkswagen Motorsport have been working closely together for years already. For the ID.R project, OMP produced the fire-proof race overall for driver Romain Dumas, as well as the seat padding and six-point harness, which were made of particularly lightweight material. Even the sponsors’ logos on Dumas’ race overall were printed on, rather than using the more conventional patch, in order to save weight.
In 2002, the letter ‘R’ for ‘racing’ was placed on the first Volkswagen R model. By just 2010, with the founding of R GmbH as the sporting brand of the Group, a unique success story came of age – with numerous, customised vehicles that fascinate their owners every day. ‘R’ stands for a passion for motorsport – designers and engineers push the development a step-further before introducing the car to the road, for people with a taste for the extraordinary. In motorsport, this is currently to be found in the project involving the purely electric powered ID. R.
Salomon’s story began with the manufacturing of saw blades and ski edges back in 1947. François Salomon and his son Georges founded the family business in Annecy, in France, where the company’s HQ is still located to this day. Salomon is one of the global leading outdoor brands for summer and winter athletes. Since the end of 2014, Salomon, which belongs to the Finnish corporation Amer Sports, has provided Volkswagen Motorsport with high-quality sports and outdoor clothing, thereby contributing to the team’s top performance.
Scania was one of the first companies in the world to produce commercial vehicles and has been part of the Volkswagen Group since 2008. The Swedish company’s product range includes heavy goods vehicles, buses and marine and industrial engines. Scania is one of the leading providers of sustainable transport solutions, which focus on profitability for customers. Back in the 2009 motorsport season, Scania and Volkswagen Motorsport competed together for the first time – and the team is still equipped with tractor units today.