The next manufacture awaiting to enter the WRC is VolksWagen. As from 2013 the Team will join Ford and Citroen as an offical manufacture.
The drivers. Sebastien Ogier signed up to join VW at the end of last year when his contract for citroen – along side the 8 times champion sebastien Loeb – expired. So far Ogier is the only confirmed driver for the works team, but rumours say that Fords Jari Matti Latvala is possible in the line up for the works drive. Anther driver linked to VW is Andreas Mikklesen. who competes along with Ogier in a S2000 Skoda, which is owned and ran by VW.
The car: The car of choice is the VolksWagen Polo R World Rally car and has been in development since 2011. It will kick off VW’s campaign in Monte carlo in 2013.
Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Capito is confident the German firm’s
presence in the World Rally Championship will help attract more global
commercial interest in the series.
“It’s time to wake the sleeping lion,” said Capito. “Volkswagen coming [to WRC]
will boost the championship a lot. Volkswagen will do everything needed for the
WRC and it will help in other ways, by boosting sponsorship, bringing the media
back and other partners – it will help in bringing the television back. There is
an issue with the promoter, we all know about that.”
Volkswagen’s Polo R WRC looks set to make its World Rally Championship debut on
Rally d’Italia in October after an agreement has been reached between the German
manufacturer and the FIA.