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With eight years of motorsport history in India, Volkswagen Motorsport continues to be the only OEM directly involved in motorsport in the country. Aspiring drivers from around the country have been trained by our program and have gone on to race internationally.  

Here is a brief journey so far.

2017

Volkswagen Motorsport India has always brought new technology to Indian motorsport. Yet, 2017 saw the benchmark rise sharply with the Race Ameo. A unique combination of the stock Volkswagen GTI engine with the Ameo body spiced up by a raft of race spec equipment gave rise to the Race Ameo. 

With 205 PS of power and electronics which are at par with any race series abroad, the Race Ameo is definitely a beast of a car. 

2016

A watershed moment in our history, as we partnered with MRF for our racing tyres. This change helped us refine our technology and car setup ensuring that we broke our own lap records at every track we visited.

The tyre development support from MRF has been the crucial part for this success.  They tested multiple types of constructions and compounds before arriving at a tyre that was not only quick but also long lasting.

2015

The Race Polo passes on the baton to the Volkswagen Race Vento

The Race Vento was the first car with a welded in roll cage, which was done in house at Volkswagen Motorsport India’s facility. Thanks to the additional chassis rigidity this offered, the car was setup perfectly for a racing enthusiast to get comfortable with the car and to quickly learn the tricks of the trade.

2014

Winner of 2013 Polo R Cup goes on to drive in the Volkswagen Castrol Golf Cup in Poland and the Pro category champion goes on to drive in the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup in Germany.

Vento Dealers’ Cup introduced as a support race for the Volkswagen Polo R Cup.

Volkswagen Motorsport India intensifies driver development program with customized diet and fitness routines for each driver.

2013

The finale of the Polo R Cup 2013 at the Buddh International Circuit was the first domestic motorsport event to gather more than 20,000 spectators. 

Customer sport initiative was launched with Volkswagen customers participating in national racing and rallying championships.

The Vento tested for the first time in National Racing Championship in the Indian Touring Cars (ITC) Championship.

2012

Change of heart, quite literally. Volkswagen Polo R Cup shifts to a TSI engine with DSG gearbox

Volkswagen Polo R Cup ventures into India’s only Formula One circuit, the Buddh International Circuit.

2011

R GmbH comes in as the title sponsor of the series.

Volkswagen Motorsport India grabs major motorsport awards of the year

First Volkswagen Polo Cup India champion goes to Scirocco R-Cup, Germany

2010

Launch of first one-make circuit racing series in India at the Delhi Auto Expo

First ever racing series running with diesel power in India

Aditya Patel drives in Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, Germany as a part of our driver exchange program

Seasons

When India witnessed the first of its kind Polo Cup street race

The first season of the Polo Cup in India commenced with an inaugural round at Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi in Pune on May 30, 2010. Presence of Bollywood celebrities such as, actress Gul Panag and filmmaker Prakash Jha added to the glamour of the event. One of the highlights of this season was an all-women race where Gul Panag also participated. Ace rally driver, Nawaz Sandhu thrilled spectators by winning the special Polo Cup race for women.

Race Locations: Pune, Coimbatore and Chennai
Championship Winner: Sailesh Bolisetti
Car: Race Polo TDI

 

The year of repeating success and resetting records

After an exciting inaugural season, Volkswagen continued the momentum with season 2 of the series. The season began with an intensive, three-day fitness camp in the picturesque hill station of Lonavala. Through the season, Polo R Cup drivers also got opportunities to race on international circuits. Two young drivers participated in an exchange program in Polo R Cup China and then got a chance to race in the thrilling night race format in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Race Locations (for the series): Coimbatore, Chennai & Delhi
Championship Winner: Vishnu Prasad
Car: Race Polo TDI

When our race machine underwent a heart change; from TDI to TSI engines

The third instalment of Polo R Cup India witnessed a major change under the hood. The diesel TDI, 1.6-litre engine was replaced by the new petrol TSI, 1.4-litre. The 2012 season of Volkswagen Polo R Cup kicked off with the drivers’ selection in April 2012 in Coimbatore followed by the launch of the brand new Race Polo 2012 on May 17, 2012 in New Delhi.

Like 2011, Coimbatore hosted the inaugural race of the Polo R Cup 2012 which was flagged-off at the Kari Motor Speedway on July 08, 2012. The grand finale of 2012 season was flagged off on India’s F1 track, Buddh International Circuit.

Race Locations: Coimbatore and Delhi
Championship Winner: Ameya Walavalkar
Car: Race Polo TFSI

 

The year of proving their mettle

The fourth season saw Volkswagen Motorsport India progressing leaps and bounds in not just circuit racing, but also in the rally world with the customer sport initiative. The Volkswagen Polo R Cup season 2013 started on a promising note with 12 new drivers joining the brigade after a rigorous driver selection. Jeffrey Kruger, Volkswagen Polo Cup driver from South Africa was the only international driver for the season.

Race Locations: Coimbatore and Delhi
Championship Winner: Rahil Noorani
Car: Race Polo TFSI

 

The year of surprises

The season started with driver selection at the Kari Motor Speedway in the month of March, entertained thousands in Coimbatore and Greater Noida and set new standards with a record presence of spectators at a motorsport event in the country.

Volkswagen Motorsport India’s customer sport initiative had another successful year with an increase in the number of Volkswagen Polo rally cars in the Indian Rally Championship.

Race Locations: Coimbatore & Delhi
Championship Winner: Karthik Tharani
Car: Race Polo TFSI

 

Big brother Vento takes the reins from Polo as the new racing sensation on track

With raft of changes from Polo to a Vento the car was built with a more rigid chassis enabling the drivers to push harder yet not be punished too much for their mistakes. The car offered the perfect setup for a racing enthusiast to learn the tricks of the trade at a fast pace.

Race Locations: Coimbatore & Delhi
Championship Winner: Anindith Reddy
Car: Race Vento

 

Sheer dominance with new tyres

2016 marked a milestone in Volkswagen Motorsport’s journey as we shifted to MRF as our partners and suppliers for our racing tyres. With the MRF base in Chennai, Volkswagen Motorsport India revisited Madras Motor Race Track after a gap of three years. With the additional track in the calendar there were quite a few surprises even for the seasoned drivers.

Race locations: Coimbatore, Chennai & Delhi
Championship Winner: Ishaan Dodhiwala
Car: Race Vento

Fastest Saloon race car in India

Volkswagen Motorsport India has always brought new technology to Indian Motorsport. Yet, 2017 saw the benchmark rise sharply with the Ameo Cup car. An amalgamation of the stock Volkswagen GTI with the stock Ameo with a raft of race spec equipment gave rise to the Race Ameo. 

With 205 PS of power and electronics which are at par with any race series abroad the Ameo Cup is a beast. 

Race locations: Coimbatore, Chennai 
Championship Winner: Karminder Singh
Car: Race Ameo