Tough times for VW
The German firm looks to be out of the WRC
The dark cloud hanging over Volkswagen’s participation in the World Rally Championship is, I fear, entirely predictable. Perhaps the only surprise is that it has taken this long to filter through to the front line.
The manufacturer has dominated the sport since it reentered the WRC’S top flight in 2013. It has certainly not been shy when it comes to putting its hand in its pocket, but the emissions scandal that has enveloped the firm was always going to raise alarm bells.
It might be that VW, which could leave the sport at the end of 2017, is fully able to finance a continued programme on the stages. But the exit is more about the perception of the firm. It has to be seen to be ‘doing the right thing’. That means Audi out of the World Endurance Championship and VW out of rallying.
The shock waves from the emissions scandal show no sign of slowing down.