Volkswagen to return to Nurburgring

Formula 3 Euro Series at the Nurburgring Nurburgring return: Volkswagen with positive interim tally Wolfsburg. One year after its comeback as a Formula 3 engine supplier at the same venue, Volkswagen returns to the Nurburgring: an occasion...

Formula 3 Euro Series at the Nurburgring

Nurburgring return: Volkswagen with positive interim tally

Wolfsburg. One year after its comeback as a Formula 3 engine supplier at the same venue, Volkswagen returns to the Nurburgring: an occasion that warrants a look at the first interim tally, which -- with one victory and eight further podium positions clinched by the Volkswagen drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series -- shows a very positive result. The objective set for races eleven and twelve of the world's most powerful junior series is clear: defence of the double lead of the standings held by Edoardo Mortara and the Signature team.

"We look back on an intensive first year in the Formula 3 Euro Series, in which we learned a lot and achieved quite bit," comments Volkswagen Motorsport Diretor Kris Nissen. "Thanks to the excellent collaboration between Volkswagen Motorsport and Audi Sport our Volkwagen Group engine is competitive: We're always able to clinch a podium place and, by claiming our first victory, have achieved our goal earlier than planned - not least thanks to our strong partner teams, Signature and RC Motorsport. But we're not going to rest on our first laurels: the competition in Formula 3 is very fierce and we want to establish ourselves as definite candidates for victory in future."

The two-litre four-cylinder engine, the production version of which is available in various road-going models of the Volkswagen Group, is highly suitable for use in racing due to its aluminium engine block and cylinder head. The prescribed air restrictor with a 26-mm diameter limits power output to about 210 hp and torque to around 250 Nm. "We worked on numerous details to improve the characteristics of our Group engine, for example in the areas of positioning the centre of gravity and gas dynamics," says Donatus Wichelhaus, Head of Engine Development at Volkswagen Motorsport. "The Technical Regulations limit the engineers to small steps - but we've still got lots of ideas for further development in mind." The teams, as well, are decisively committed to their work: "The extensive collaboration with Volkswagen highly motivates each and every one of us - mechanics and engineers as well as the drivers," says Signature Team Director Philippe Sinault. "The thorough preparatory work we did last winter has paid off so far. In the second half of the season we want to profit from the experiences gathered in the previous races."

Volkswagen takes part in "World of Racecars"

Spectators at the Nurburgring can look forward to a special highlight on Sunday. Prior to the start of the DTM, about 25 racing cars of various categories - from the 150-hp Cup Polo all the way to the Le Mans winning Audi R10 TDI with more than 650 hp - will participate in "World of Racecars" show race. Congfu Cheng in his Volkswagen-Dallara F308 from the Formula 3 Euro Series will be part of the action as well as Volkswagen factory driver Dieter Depping in the Race Touareg and Jimmy Johansson in the new Scirocco GT24, the class winner at the 24-Hour Race at the Nurburgring.

-credit: volkswagen-motorsport.com

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Dieter Depping , Jimmy Johansson , Congfu Cheng , Kris Nissen , Edoardo Mortara , Philippe Sinault
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport