Electric cars are progressively appearing in the assortment of many large car manufacturers. Some of them see great potential in this direction. Volkswagen, for example, decided not only to start producing electric models, but also to completely eliminate the reciprocating engines in the famous Motorsport racing division.
The company plans to transfer the competitive team to electric cars. At the same time, the manufacturer is going to withdraw from production of racing models on internal combustion engines, including the legendary Golf GTI TCR, by the end of 2019. The only car of the current line that will remain on sale will be the Polo GTI R5 rally car.
Representatives of Volkswagen also confirmed that the manufacturer stops developing a new TCR-model based on the eighth generation of Golf – it was planned to release in spring and summer 2020. Instead, the company will engage in new projects in the family of electric cars ID. In particular, the engineers will continue to develop the ID.R prototype, which set several records on the race tracks.
Volkswagen believes that the transition of Motorsport to electric motors can be an important step in the development of this direction. The head of the department, Sven Smits, noted that this way the company will be able to quickly learn more advanced technologies in the new area, as well as attract a large audience to electric cars. The company plans to create a new brand in order to reduce the gap between racing and serial cars.