The latest nugget of information surrounding Volkswagen‘s often-rumored foray into Formula 1 came at last weekend’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring race, with a VW executive claiming that the Volkswagen Group’s premium brands, like Audi or Porsche would be the best fit for the company’s shot at the world’s most prestigious motorsport.
“Within the group, for sure, it could be Audi, it could be Porsche and might also be Volkswagen,” said Kris Nissen, who is in charge for Volkswagen’s motorsports efforts, in an interview with the Brisbane Times. “I think it would not suit so well Skoda or Seat or Bentley.”
Volkswagen is looking to enter Formula 1 as a possible supplier for the “world-engine” the FIA wants to implement in 2013. The engine would be shared across all motorsports, not just Formula 1, and take on a direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged form. The move is unpopular with many constructors, but ironically, the four-cylinder format was last used around the same time that Porsche supplied engines to McLaren under a partnership with the TAG Group.
Nissen’s comments come shortly after Toyota’s own motorsports head derided Formula 1 as an “elitist” motorsport and claimed that the company would never return to the sport.
[Source: World Car Fans]