Ogier helps Volk­swa­gen to cel­e­brate 50 years

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World Rally Cham­pion Se­bastien Ogier opened a two-month cel­e­bra­tion of Volk­swa­gen’s 50 years in mo­tor­sport in Ber­lin last week.

The French­man’s own 2013 ti­tle-win­ning Polo R WRC was on display along­side some of the Ger­man firm’s most suc­cess­ful ma­chin­ery, in­clud­ing Nasser Al-at­tiyah’s Dakar-win­ning Race Touareg.

Volk­swa­gen’s Iltis, the mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle built on be­half of the Ger­man gov­ern­ment in the late 1970s, is on show. The Iltis won Dakar, but more im­por­tantly was the cat­a­lyst for Audi’s quat­tro. Jochi Kleint’s twin-en­gined Pikes Peak Golf is also present.

“It’s great to come here and look at these dis­plays, to see how things have changed and moved on,” said Ogier. “The Pikes Peak car would be in­ter­est­ing for me to drive, but I pre­fer it when it was all gravel – this was like the ul­ti­mate rally stage. Now it’s all asphalt, I think it’s maybe a bit too dan­ger­ous.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which is open to the public, runs un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

Some rare VWS were on show

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