Despite news of the Volkswagen group dissolving its motorsport body - Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH, Volkswagen India has released a statement that it will continue to run its motorsport programmes in the country.
Earlier this week the Volkswagen group made a substantial announcement when it declared that the company will be terminating its own motorsport programmes. This naturally raised eyebrows as the marque is known for its racing programmes around the world. You can read more about this announcement here - Volkswagen terminates its own motorsport programmes
Naturally, we got in touch with Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH’s Indian counterpart, Volkswagen Motorsport India to understand its future prospects given the fate of the company’s global motorsport programme.
And we have finally heard back from Volkswagen India on the matter. The company has clearly stated that the global termination of Volkswagen’s motorsport programmes will have no effect whatsoever on the company’s Indian motorsport endeavours as VW Motorsport India will continue to operate its internal combustion engine motorsport programmes.
To this end, a company spokesperson from Volkswagen Passenger Cars, India released the following statement: “Volkswagen India will continue with its Motorsport program based on ICE vehicles in India. Due to the on-going pandemic, we have recently commenced our Virtual Racing Championship, the first virtual Motorsport championship in India, and are hoping to be back on track in 2021 with our one make series. Volkswagen Motorsport India will continue in its endeavour to nurture and provide a dynamic platform for young budding talents across the nation.”
Volkswagen Motorsport India’s most prominent initiative is it’s one-make racing series which in 2019 constituted of the Volkswagen Ameo Cup One Make Racing Series. Aside from this, Volkswagen Motorsport India also sells a number of race machines to individual customers while also offering an Indian Touring Car specification racing Vento and a number of INRC spec Polos that can be purchased by racing drivers participating in the respective events.
You can read more about all of the different racing cars that Volkswagen Motorsport India has on offer for individual customers here - A look at Volkswagen Motorsport India's Customer Sport Programme