Volkswagen will reportedly confirm whether or not it will enter the WRC series at the Dakar Rally celebrations event on March 22. The idea of the German company entering the world series surfaced at the announcement of the 1600cc regulations last year. These new regulations will be put in place for the 2011 season.
(South African national rally car shown)
It’s unknown what car Volkswagen will use to enter the series, if it chooses to enter at all. Early reports said Volkswagen was developing a Scirocco WRC car while later reports claimed a Volkswagen Polo WRC car is under development. Either way, it will be the first time the company has ever entered into the series.
As for drivers of the supposed new car, reports say Sebastien Loeb was asked to join Volkswagen but has since turned down the offer. Petter Solberg is also understood to be high on the cards.
One rally driver who has apparently had a lot to do with the Volkswagen WRC car development is Volkswagen’s Dakar Rally champion, and former WRC legend, Carlos Sainz. It is unlikely the WRC retiree will re-enter the series though.
We’ll be sure to provide more concrete updates on March 22.