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Volkswagen could be considering entering the FIA World Rally Championship in the not-to-distant future to compete alongside the likes of Ford, Citroen, Subaru and Suzuki. Kris Nissen, VW motorsport chief, attended the Neste Oil Rally Finland last weekend (ninth round in this year's championship) visiting the service park at Jyvaskyla following the shakedown on Thursday morning. This has fuelled speculation about VW's plans and according to reports by rallye-magazin.de Nissen met with series officials - including Simon Long, the managing director of International Sportsworld Communicators, to enquiry about the new technical regulations and plans concerning the appointment of a central promoter.

VW's main involvement in rallying at the moment is with the Race Touareg in the Dakar, although it does have a presence in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with the Polo Super 2000. Mark Deans, Ford of Europe's motorsport director, meanwhile has said that VW is only one of four new manufacturers' currently looking at the WRC, with Fiat and Renault, as well as Skoda, which of course is part of the VW Group, also in the frame.
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Posted 8/8/08
Nice. I wonder how will the car do on its first year.
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This is exciting, I feel like WRC has become a little stagnant as of late. Hopefully this will stir things up. There once was a time, (when I had cable) that I would stay up till 1:00 am just to watch WRC on Speedvision. Now it seems all is lost to Nascar, I wish the united states wasn't so shut out of the championship.
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I think the coverage in the US is partly because WRC does not have a sponsor. Just about every sporting entity has a sponsor:

-Craftsmans Truck Series
-Hanspree World Superbike Championship
-Rolex Sports Car Series

Without a major sponsor I think there is little money to promote itself and is the very reason for its degredation in the United States.
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rp997 wrote:

I think the coverage in the US is partly because WRC does not have a sponsor. Just about every sporting entity has a sponsor:

-Craftsmans Truck Series
-Hanspree World Superbike Championship
-Rolex Sports Car Series

Without a major sponsor I think there is little money to promote itself and is the very reason for its degredation in the United States.


I understand why we dont get coverage here, I just wish it wasn't so.
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Posted 8/9/08
I have you heard of the Racing Network?

http://www.theracingnetwork.com/

Some older Speedvision/Speed Channel exiles including Jim Liberatore are trying to launch a new network to compete with Speed. Nascar and reality shows will not be part of this network; pure motorsports only. Even racing series like FIA GT, Le Mans Series, and WRC are strong possibilities. There are no forms to fill out but instead a simple yes or no option to help generate interest to bring better coverage of motorsports in North America.

Open Wheel
Drag racing
Rally
GT
Touring Car
Bike Racing (road and off road )
Karting
Vintage
Rallycross
Sports Cars
Endurance
Motocross
Supermoto
Off Road/Dirt
European Truck racing
UTE racing
Hill Climb
Porsche Cup
Desert
Speedway
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Historical
Various Club programs, (Porsche, Corvette, etc)
Various manufacturer series
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Posted 8/10/08

rp997 wrote:

I think the coverage in the US is partly because WRC does not have a sponsor. Just about every sporting entity has a sponsor:

-Craftsmans Truck Series
-Hanspree World Superbike Championship
-Rolex Sports Car Series

Without a major sponsor I think there is little money to promote itself and is the very reason for its degredation in the United States.


To be honest there needs to be a redneck racing channel. They already eat up more than half the speed channel so they need their own so i can avoid it all i want and watch actual road racing. I cant stand appropriate road racing and garbage left turn on the same channel.
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rp997...

I must THANK YOU for giving us info about another car channel besides SPEED. I've been waiting, because I hate to tune to SPEED to discover there's 5 more hours of NASCRAP action...


On the topic of the thread, I think that VW will simply just "steal" Skoda's resources, experience, etc.
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Anytime AWDfreak. The downfall of Speed is due to FOX taking over the channel. Around that time FOX was starting to feature Nascar, which it seems like they wanted an outlet that could cover Nascar when they were airing shows like Malcom in the Middle and the Simpsons. Lame but probably true.

I am not sure if VW would take anything away from Skoda. Remember, Skoda is a small company with very little resources. Actually I wouldn't be suprised if VW pulled engineers who worked on the old school Quattro program, unless they have retired. Nonetheless, Audi would seem to have loads of useable data although very old data.
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I almost forgot that Audi has connections with VW, lol...

Dude, the Quattro program?!?! That was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back then. I doubt many of the original engineers of the Quattro are still in Audi, but who knows, maybe they're still there.....
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Even if the engineers are gone a lot of the data is still available at Audi racing deparment. I am sure there are a lot of engineers who are still with the company since the Quattro program.
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Thats some great info, regarding the possible new channel. I sincerely hope it comes through.

As for the quattro program, I don't think many of the guys who worked on it will be around, but the info is still there. That, and I dont think it will take much for VW to adapt what they have learned in Dakar to help them compete in WRC.
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Posted 8/24/08
I think all Volkswagen really needs is a strong driver who can help develop the car with the engineers. Just tell them what the car is doing and not doing.
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rp997 wrote:

I think all Volkswagen really needs is a strong driver who can help develop the car with the engineers. Just tell them what the car is doing and not doing.


It would be interesting to see someone like Grunholm take up the position. I think McRae would have been well suited for the job, but well, you know.
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Gronholm would be superb as a test driver. He could retire from racing but development driver is different. Who knows, VW could create an awesome proposition. Colin was awesome at everything he did from formula one cars to superbikes; the dude knew everything about speed.

I am not sure who could take up the reigns because I am not in the know with current WRC happenings like I used to.
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