Everything has its cost. And in the case of Volkswagen's new WRC effort, that cost appears to be Dakar.

The German automaker has dominated the famous rally raid for the last three years, but if the latest reports come to pass, VW could be preparing to retire the Race Touareg. Volkswagen, it seems, has nothing left to prove out there on the dunes, and with its focus shifted on the World Rally Championship, a return to Dakar doesn't look to be in the cards.

The news will undoubtably be welcomed by X-Raid, the team operated by Sven Quandt (of the Quandt family that owns BMW) which has campaigned off-road Bimmers and Minis at Dakar for the past several years, and which has come closest to defeating Volkswagen. The team will reportedly be returning to the South American event next year with four of its specially-built Mini Countrymen, and with Volkswagen out of the way, this team looks poised to finally claim the trophy.


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      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      conquer groupe b, conquer trans-am, conquer lemans in a massive way, conquer dakar, basically roll up to anything relevant in international motor-sports and obliterate the competition as an automotive group... yeah... WRC is going to be interesting :D.
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      And make Robby Gordon happy.
        JK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ijardine
        More like St├ęphane Peterhansel
      cypherxx666xx
      • 3 Years Ago
      i am looking forward how they will do in the WRC. it won`t be easy. Drivers there are probably more important than the cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
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