The official announcement, made by Volkswagen R&D boss Frank Welsch on Wednesday, brings to an end the most sruccessful chapter in the German car maker’s motorsport history.
“The Volkswagen brand is facing enormous challenges,” said Welsch in an address to around 200 employees at Volkswagen Motorsport division in Wolfsburg. "With the upcoming expansion in electrification of our vehicle range we must focus all our efforts on future technologies. We far exceeded our sporting goals in the WRC; now we are realigning Volkswagen Motorsport and moving the vehicle technology of the future more starkly into focus."
Welsch also confirmed a shift in focus towards customer racing programmes. “As well as the Golf GTI TCR for the track and the Beetle GRC in rallycross, we also want to develop a new Polo according to R5 rally regulations.”