Last week Reuters reported that #Dieselgate could have dire consequences on the German Bundesliga, where VW invests hundreds of millions in sponsorship annually, but the fallout could be potentially worse for the World Endurance Championship.
Fearing fines and compensation claims the Reuters piece claims that the “hundreds of millions of euros invested in German football annually” could come under review as a non-essential marketing expense.
Could the same be said for VW's WEC efforts? Bertel Schmitt at Daily Kanban reports that insiders fear the Volkswagen Group could withdraw from World Rally Championship and World Endurance Championship racing.
$37 billion in cash and cash equivalents that VW sits on. Insignificant as that may seem it could have dire consequences on the fate of LMP1 racing.
World Endurance Prototype racing is dominated by the VW Group and Toyota. Now should the parents call Audi and Porsche home for supper it will leave Toyota alone in the sandbox. Kanbans insiders presume that “Akio[Toyoda] doesn’t want to race against himself”
However, VAG could consider only dropping Audi's TDI Powered R18, leaving the Porsche gasoline-electric hybrid as their lone representative in Endurance racing, while Audi could shift into F1 away from diesels, which Audi says is gaining significance for them.
Stay Tuned sports fans!