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Sebastien Ogier, Carlos Sainz test Polo R WRC in Spain

Sebastien Ogier, Carlos Sainz test Polo R WRC in Spain

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Acid test for the new Polo R WRC: Volkswagen factory driver Sebastien Ogier and the former World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz put the Polo for the World Rally Championship (WRC) to a tough test in Spain.

The two rally aces – Ogier is seen by many experts as future world rally champion, Sainz, with two title wins and 26 rally victories is one of the most successful drivers in WRC history – covered around 700 kilometers, equating to about twice the distance of a WRC rally, without any problem in order to take new vehicle components to their stress and load limits and to thus gather important findings for the further development. Volkswagen will be making its debut in the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC in 2013 and is running an extensive testing and development program until then. Continue reading ‘Sebastien Ogier, Carlos Sainz test Polo R WRC in Spain’

300HP VW Polo R WRC successful in first test

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Test Carlos Sainz / Timo Gottschalk

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Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Volkswagen Board of Management for Technology, and the two-time World Rally Champion and “Dakar” winner Carlos Sainz (Spain) completed the first test kilometers in the vineyards of Veldenz near Trier, the location that normally plays host to the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, without any problems today. Prior to competing in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from 2013 onward, Volkswagen will intensively test and continue to develop the four-wheel drive vehicle that delivers an output of about 300 HP. Continue reading ‘300HP VW Polo R WRC successful in first test’

Volkswagen wins two of three Formula 3 championships

Laurens Vanthoor, Formel 3 Euroseries - Hockenheim 2011

41 victories in a total of 75 races – this is Volkswagen’s successful tally in the three Formula 3 racing series, the ATS Formula 3 Cup, the British Formula 3 Championship and the Formula 3 Euro Series, in the 2011 season. In total, Volkswagen has achieved seven championship wins, 124 race victories and 344 podium finishes since 2008. Continue reading ‘Volkswagen wins two of three Formula 3 championships’

Scirocco GT24-CNG finishes 27th overall at the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour

no116 VW Scirocco GT24 CNG Nurburgring

With the Golf24 gaining much of the attention over the weekend, the two Scirocco GT24-CNG’s were quietly doing their thing. Leading up, testing and qualifying sessions went very well. The no117, driven by Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz and Giniel de Villiers and Klaus Niedzwiedz started 61st. The no116 had Vanina Ickx, Bernd Ostmann, Peter Wyss and Klaus Niedzwiedz (driving two cars) at the wheel and 66th on grid. They finished 27th and 46th respectively.

In 2009, we saw the premiere of the GT24-CNG engine at the 24 Hour. VW went on to a 1-2 in the AT class and a 17th overall. In 2010, VW entered 3 of them, going on to a 1-2-3 win in the AT class. All three finished in the Top 20. Continue reading ‘Scirocco GT24-CNG finishes 27th overall at the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour’

Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah & Timo Gottschalk win, Volkswagen sweeps podium

Timo Gottschalk, Kris Nissen, Nasser Al-Attiyah celebrate thier 2011 Dakar win.

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Tumultuous celebration at the “Dakar” finish: Volkswagen has won the Dakar Rally for the third time in succession. Standing alongside Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) on the podium in Buenos Aires on Sunday will be Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E). In front of millions of enthusiastic spectators the new Race Touareg 3 scored a much celebrated one-two-three finish in the desert classic through Argentina and Chile. As a result, Volkswagen is the only manufacturer to have won the automobile category in the desert classic with diesel technology – and remains unbeaten on the South American continent thanks to TDI power. To complete the victory all three cars must still roll across the winner’s ramp on Sunday and midday local time in Buenos Aires. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah & Timo Gottschalk win, Volkswagen sweeps podium’

Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah, Timo Gottschalk increase gap to pursuers with stage victory

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk take a quick dip in their Race Touareg 3

The Volkswagen factory drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) increased their lead at the top of the Dakar Rally standings on the eleventh stage. On the section from Chilecito to San Juan they recorded their fourth stage victory this year in the Race Touareg 3 and benefited at the same time from the bad luck of their team mates Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E). Last year’s winners from Spain dropped back due to damage on their car, but are still on course for a podium finish. New second placed duo is Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) in another Race Touareg. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah, Timo Gottschalk increase gap to pursuers with stage victory’

Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah claims the overall lead by 5 minutes

Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz kicking up a smoke trail, Dakar 2011

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On the most difficult Dakar Rally stage so far the Volkswagen teams guaranteed enormous tension with a change of leadership. As was the case on Friday the four Race Touareg teams took the top four finishing positions on the eighth stage from Antofagasta to Copiapó. In Chile’s most famous town since the mining miracle the Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) duo took their third stage win. On his favorite terrain in deep sand Al-Attiyah replaced last year’s winner Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) at the head of the overall standings. The Arab is now 5 minutes 14 seconds ahead of the Spaniard. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah claims the overall lead by 5 minutes’

Dakar 2011: Volkswagen take a 1-2-3-4 win on Day 6

Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, VW Race Touareg 3 takes a nose dive

The Volkswagen drivers went into the rest day of this year’s Dakar Rally with a 1-2-3-4 win. After the victories in the first week the score in the duel with the X-raid BMW team is now 5-1 to Volkswagen. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Volkswagen take a 1-2-3-4 win on Day 6′

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