VW chief plays down F1 foray reports

Thu, 3 December 2009, 10:01

Dec.3 (GMM) Another Volkswagen official has played down reports the world’s biggest carmaker is set to enter formula one in 2012.

The Wolfsburg based marque’s motor racing representative Hans-Joachim Stuck said recently the possible introduction of a ‘world engine’ would signal an affordable and reliable route onto the grid.

“Building an engine and providing it to a team is the best way,” he had said.

But Ulrich Hackenburghas, who is VW’s research and development chief, denied to Autocar that a formula one foray has been decided.

At the LA motor show, he instead suggested that moves are afoot for more involvement in racing’s junior classes.

“There’s been no concrete decision (on F1) but we are developing a global 2.0-litre engine for different racing categories,” said Hackenburghas.

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