50 years of VW Motorsport goes on show

    • 50 Years of Volkswagen Motorsport:
    • Special exhibition at Berlin VW Group Forum
    • Interactive exhibits from five decades
Michael Schumacher (D), Reynard 903 Volkswagen (1990) Photo Kräling
GLOBAL HERO IN THE MAKING: Michael Schumacher of Germany, then aged only 21, with his Reynard 903 Volkswagen in 1990. Image: Kräling

WOLFSBURG, Germany – Showcasing a spectacular history: VW is staging a special, interactive exhibition looking back on its history of motor racing at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum.

The retrospective exhibition, which can be seen from September 5 to October 30 2016 at the VW Group Forum on Friedrichstraße/Unter den Linden, marks the 50th anniversary of VW Motorsport.

The exhibition features eight dynamic exhibits, accompanied by various interactive modules allowing visitors to experience the fascination of five decades of motorsport through video, audio and picture installations.

Niki Lauda (A), Kaimann Volkswagen (1969) Photo Förster
F1 STILL IN THE FUTURE: It’s 1969 and Austrian  Niki Lauda gets up to speed in a Kaimann Volkswagen while learning the ropes for the big time. Image: Förster

The spotlight is on eight unique specimens from across the history of VW Motorsport from the Golf that won the Group A World Rally championship and the Race Touareg that enjoyed great success at the Rally Dakar to the current WRC-winning Polo and the twin-engine Golf that made such an impression on the Pikes Peak hill-climb in the US.

As well as VW rally legends, circuit racing exhibits will feature at DRIVE. These include a 1960’s Formula Vee single-seater which kick-started the brand’s motorsport history and a present-day Golf GTI TCR from VW’s customer racing programme.

Informative insights into team-work, technology, sound, service, adventure and success make the fascination of motorsport a tangible experience for visitors. Interactive elements guide them through the successful, at times extraordinary, history of VW Motorsport.

The visitors are led through the exhibition in various stages.

Rally Germany 2016 Ogier Ingrassia
RIGHT UP TO DATE: Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia in action during the German leg of the 2016 World Rally championship. Image: VW

VW Motorsport in time lapse – 1966-2016

Volkswagen Motorsport founded on July 11 1966 in Munich Germany, as ‘Verband Formel V Europa’. Its history started with the popular Formula Vee and Formula Super Vee series, in which Keke Rosberg, Niki Lauda and Helmut Marko launched their careers.

Among those to graduate through Formula 3 are record Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, record Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and record DTM champion Bernd Schneider.

VW is subsequently involved with a works presence at the pinnacle of rallying, initially enjoying great success at the Dakar rally.

The Wolfsburg-based automaker re-joins the World Rally championship in 2013 and picks up nine World championship titles in the first three years. The car responsible is, the Polo R – the most successful car in the history of the World Rally championship – is part of the display..


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