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    Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    Volkswagen to enter Indy Racing League

    Wednesday, 14 January 2009

    German manufacturer moving closer to engine supply deal

    Audi Sport’s head of engine technology Ulrich Baretzky confirmed to Racecar Engineering that the Volkswagen Group has been actively talking to the Indy Racing League since the engine manufactures’ round table held by the IRL in June 2008. Although nothing has yet been confirmed, it is looking increasingly likely that VW will join Honda as an Indy Car engine supplier when the regulations are changed, in theory in 2011. It is possible that announcements will be made shortly before the season begins in April both on participation and on rule changes. Baretzky did say that it has also yet to be decided which of the Group’s brands would be used if the decision is taken to go ahead although this is more likely to be Volkswagen itself rather than one of the other brands such as Audi.

    Baretzky indicated that his interests now lie in the area of small powerful petrol engines, rather than the diesels that may become such a factor of Audi’s success both on the track and road. He confirmed that this is the direction he would like to head with the IRL. Most likely scenario is currently a 2.0-litre turbocharged formula allowing both in-line fours and V6s, thus accommodating both the Volkswagen Group and Honda.


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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    It will be nice to have some competition on the supplier side of Indy. Lately its become more of a spec series than NASCAR.

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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    Wow. This is welcome news. There were some rumors awhile back that Alfa Romeo was also looking to participate in the series as well. Their hope was to use it as a public relations program as Alfa was relaunched in America. But since that has been delayed a bit (with the exception of the BEAUTIFUL Alfa 8C Competizione!), maybe the deal has fallen through for good?
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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    VW and speed don't exectly ring a bell in my head, very odd. Porsche yes but VW?

    I guess the IRL is desperate for anyone to come on board for some cash. I am not sure how the IRL is going to make it this year, I have heard teams are really struggling to find sponsorship, it's bad enough in NASCAR.

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    What, if any, American content is to be found in IRL cars? Tires? When USAC and the Indy 500 ruled I'm sure the domestic content was near 100%.
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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    The More Competition, the better. This was what Indy was all about in he past.

    Admittedly, I am on the older end of the Fan Base, but darn it all, I still treasure the wild days of the Sixties. That was an era of rampant technology and innovation to me. Turbines, Diesels, V-8's , Four Cylinders, Turbos, Stock Blocks, and just about anything that could be imagined.

    The good thing that has happened since those days was the major improvement in Driver Safety. That is the good out of the many years of decline in competition.

    Wiht VW, becoming more and more under the sphere of influence of Porsche, I suspect we may see some pretty interesting things tranpire should they go into Indy Car full bore.
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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    Quote Originally Posted by bone View Post
    What, if any, American content is to be found in IRL cars? Tires? When USAC and the Indy 500 ruled I'm sure the domestic content was near 100%.

    I think alot of the electronics used are made by Jacobs.

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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    I think this will be great. For the IRL to survive it can't be a spec series. The best years in CART were the mid to late 90's, when there were 3-4 chassis, 4 engine suppliers, and two tire suppliers. Awesome open wheel racing.

    Maybe I'm going out on a limb, but I think a lot of open wheel fans like to see technological battles just as much as cars battling on track. I've always loved formula 1, in particular the turbo era when you had 1.5 turbo 4's, V-6's, and V-8's racing each other. Now, I'm not so in to formula one, because the FIA in their cost cutting measures have been over-regulating the formula.

    So I welcome VW. Let's just hope that the IRL will create that small displacement turbo formula, and that we'll have open wheel racing like CART in the 90's, or F1 in the 80's.
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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    Better double check the coil packs, VW!

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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    Would be a very good choice for them. The fan base could be very open to their products.

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    Re: Volkswagen to Enter Indy Racing League?

    It's cheaper than F1! Also, isn't IRL thinking about turbocharging again? It'd be right up in VW's alley.
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