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Pictures of a half century

1966

Volkswagen Motorsport is founded on 11 July 1966 – as the European Formula Vee Association (Verband Formel V Europa e.V.) – and continues to act as a first-class talent factory for Formula Vee.

1966

1969

Historic Formula Vee race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: Helmut Marko wins the six-lap race with an average speed of 137.4 km/h, finishing ahead of Niki Lauda.

1969

1971

More power – with the start of Formula Super Vee. Seen here at the wheel of a Kaimann: Germany’s Jochen Mass.

1971

1975

Keke Rosberg wins the German Formula Super Vee championship in a Kaimann Volkswagen.

1975

1976

Inaugural Volkswagen One-Make Cup: the VW Junior Cup lines up – with identical, 105-hp Scirocco.

1976

1978

Klaus-Joachim “Jochi” Kleint wins the Estering Cup and claims the title in the unofficial German Rallycross Championship at the wheel of a Golf GTI 1600. The driver from Hamburg also enters the FIA European Rallycross Championship with Volkswagen in the same year.

1978

1980

A Volkswagen Iltis flexes its muscles in the desert! Freddy Kottulinsky and Gerd Löffelmann claim Volkswagen’s first overall victory at the Dakar Rally.

1980

1981

The bright-green Golf I GTI – known as “Rheila-Frosch” (Rheila Frog) – wins the German Rally Championship. At the wheel: Alfons Stock/Paul Schmuck.

1981

1985

The “World Record Polo”: Volkswagen sets a new 24-hour speed record of 208.1 km/h with a Polo G40 at the test site in Ehra-Lessien.

1985

1986

Swedish driver Kenneth Eriksson is crowned World Rally Champion in Group A with the Volkswagen Golf II GTI.

1986

1990

Michael Schumacher wins with Volkswagen the German Formula 3 Championship and the World Final in Macau.

1990

1991

Victory in the German Rally Championship. At the wheel of the 282-hp Golf G60: Erwin Weber and Manfred Hiemer.

1991

1995

Tom Kristensen is crowned German Formula 3 Champion, “powered by Volkswagen”.

1995

1998

First race of the ADAC Volkswagen Touring Junior Cup with the Lupo – the birth of the Touring Car School.

1998

2003

Return to the Dakar Rally with the Volkswagen Tarek.

2003

2004

The Polo Cup replaces the Lupo Cup.

2004

2007

Class victory for the Golf GTI at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. The 300-hp, 2.0-litre TSI car with front wheel drive wins the SP3T class. At the wheel: René Rast, Jimmy Johansson, Florian Gruber and Dieter Depping.

2007

2009

Volkswagen becomes the first winner of the “Dakar” with diesel technology! One-two at the classic rally, courtesy of Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford.

2009

2010

One-two-three at the Dakar Rally! Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz win, ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk and Miller/Pitchford. New star at Touring Car School: the Scirocco replaces the Polo. 

2010

2010

New star at Touring Car School: from 2010, the Scirocco replaces the Polo. Find more about the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup here.

2010

2011

Flawless Dakar hat-trick! This time, victory goes to Al-Attiyah/Gottschalk, followed by de Villiers/von Zitzewitz and Sainz/Cruz.

2011

2011

Big announcement in May: Volkswagen will join the FIA World Rally Championship in 2013. The first driveable prototype of the Polo R WRC is presented at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

2011

2011

Test phase: Volkswagen Motorsport enters the World Rally Championship with the Škoda Fabia S2000.

2011

2013

Maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship! Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia win the second round in Sweden. Ogier/Ingrassia claim the Driver/Co-Driver title at their home rally in France in October. Volkswagen is crowned world champion manufacturer at the following rally in Spain.

2013

2014

Manufacturer title successfully defended with a one-two-three in Australia. Ogier and Ingrassia defend their Driver/Co-Driver title with victory at the Rally Spain.

2014

2015

Hat-trick! Ogier, Ingrassia and Volkswagen are crowned World Rally Champions for the third time in Australia.

2015