Volkswagen seeks diesel hat-trick

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Volkswagen wants to clinch diesel hat-trick at Dakar Rally Wolfsburg (19 April 2010). Volkswagen will contest the Dakar Rally again in January 2011. After the outstanding one-two-three win in January this year, the Volkswagen management board ...

Volkswagen wants to clinch diesel hat-trick at Dakar Rally

Wolfsburg (19 April 2010). Volkswagen will contest the Dakar Rally again in January 2011. After the outstanding one-two-three win in January this year, the Volkswagen management board decided to continue the successful commitment. This means that the Wolfsburg based automobile manufacturer is grabbing the opportunity to clinch a hat-trick at the toughest test in worldwide motorsport. Volkswagen made motorsport history as early as in 2009. With a one-two victory, the automobile manufacturer from Wolfsburg managed to win the classic rally straight away as the first manufacturer with diesel power.

Brand welcomes South America as the venue

"The Dakar Rally makes maximum demands on the vehicles and the team. This makes it the ideal terrain to present Volkswagen's technical expertise and perfect teamwork to a large audience," says Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Management Board of the Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division. "South America is an important growth market for Volkswagen and thus the ideal venue to continue expanding the awareness and popularity enjoyed by the Volkswagen brand."

Motorsport team is highly motivated

"We now have the opportunity to achieve the diesel hat-trick and to thereby make motorsport history again," enthuses Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "We will again invest all our passion, heart and soul in this project at the next 'Dakar'."

Worldwide successes in motorsport

The Dakar Rally thus remains at the forefront of Volkswagen's motorsport involvement. With great innovative achievements and sporting exploits, the engineers from Wolfsburg have established diesel technology with its high fuel economy in top-calibre sport.

The brand pursues an all-new approach with the Scirocco R-Cup that is being staged for the first time. With a CO2 reduction of 80 per cent, Volkswagen banks on a novel concept. The use of bio natural gas combines sustainability and environmental compatibility in motorsport. Bio natural gas will be used at the 24-hour race on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nurburgring for the first time as well. Furthermore, the automobile manufacturer from Wolfsburg proves its technological prowess at other one-make cups, in India, China and the USA. As engine supplier to several Formula 3 series and the ADAC Formula Masters junior series, Volkswagen complements its motorsport commitment.

-source: vw

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