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Old 31 Oct 2016, 15:27 (Ref:3684316)   #31
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VW on the verge of pulling the plug on their WRC program? Perhaps just gossip...

http://www.autosport.com/news/report...-wrc-programme

...but an interesting snippet to read after the Audi announcement last week. Would they back out when they have already poured so much into development of a car for 2017?
So, no different from Audi - who have already paid for next years programme; but have still pulled the plug.

Interesting chat about it on last weeks Midweek Motorsport, and Hindy was also on TalkRadio's car show on Saturday; worth downloading.
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 23:13 (Ref:3684422)   #32
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So after reading an article from autocar.uk.com and some tweets, VW is to quit WRC what it seems like. I feel a bit sad about it to be honest ...
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 11:19 (Ref:3684500)   #33
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 11:27 (Ref:3684502)   #34
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If true, this will be an absurd decision. I think Audi quitting the WEC made sense (though after 2017), but this would be just stupid. And for what - to watch them join that electric rally-cross series they are trying to start?
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 11:31 (Ref:3684503)   #35
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Absolutely gutted to read that. I was really looking forward to seeing VW fend off the challenge of the returning marques next year, and we'd have had five manufacturers in play for the first time in an age.

Plus we'll never get to see the 2017 incarnation of the Polo WRCar!
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 12:17 (Ref:3684527)   #36
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Could a private team run the Polos? Or are they to be consigned to a warehouse in Hannover?
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So if VW are gone from WRC, Audi gone from WEC - is the Skoda rally programme safe? Or is that ok as that's customer cars rather than a 'works' effort?

It makes the driver market interesting too - Ogier, Latvala and Mikklesen all available . Do any of the teams with 'confirmed' lineups chop and change? Add another car? Or are we looking now to slot these drivers into the remaining unconfirmed seats?
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 13:18 (Ref:3684538)   #38
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Could a private team run the Polos? Or are they to be consigned to a warehouse in Hannover?
The implication seems to be that they will be mothballed. Seems an awful waste after all the development that has been poured into them, given how capable the current car is I was keen to see what VW could do with the new regulations.

Perhaps a mighty coincidence, but Ekstrom was showing Ogier around the EKS S1 a week or so ago, wasn't he? I wonder...
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Old 1 Nov 2016, 13:50 (Ref:3684551)   #39
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I agree. Although the championship could be a bit more open next season now, what a waste after going through the effort of building the car. It would have been more respectful to see it through even with reduced backing
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I was not really surprised by Audi pulling out of WEC but this one I didn't see coming.
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The implication seems to be that they will be mothballed. Seems an awful waste after all the development that has been poured into them, given how capable the current car is I was keen to see what VW could do with the new regulations.

Perhaps a mighty coincidence, but Ekstrom was showing Ogier around the EKS S1 a week or so ago, wasn't he? I wonder...
Ekström mentioned in media (I don't remember where though) that it was a gift to Ogier as a congratulation for winning the WRC title. Though, I wonder where Ogier, Mikkelsen and Latvala will wind up.
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I did see it coming, because it has cost a massive amount of money! Obviously prompted by the dieselgate issue but it was domination with little competition and they are getting little airtime or media time from it.

It has little impact on them selling cars, as VW are a massively established brand with a clear clientele, never really understood them coming in, in the first place, other than them losing the Dakar program. That budget was seemingly just diverted to WRC and increased.

The drivers I would think will end up in rallycross or there might be some interesting decisions at teams like Ford, problem might be can rallycross teams afford them?
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The drivers I would think will end up in rallycross or there might be some interesting decisions at teams like Ford, problem might be can rallycross teams afford them?
Can M-Sport afford them? The M-Sport drivers have been bringing budget haven't they? How much money have Ford been putting in?

As for the Rallycross teams - I wouldn't have thought any of them would have the budget.
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As for the Rallycross teams - I wouldn't have thought any of them would have the budget.
Funny thing, got some numbers from EKS but forgot to post it. Heard about a month ago that Heikkinen had to pay 12 million SEK for a drive at EKS, which converts into around 1 090 000 British pounds.
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Funny thing, got some numbers from EKS but forgot to post it. Heard about a month ago that Heikkinen had to pay 12 million SEK for a drive at EKS, which converts into around 1 090 000 British pounds.
That's a lot of money for a few small Laakkonen and Schonox logos on the the car.
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