Ogier helps Volkswagen to celebrate 50 years
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