It's about time!
Cool, yes. But success here is more about the driver!
As somewhat of an insider in these matters, this is an incredibly ambitious undertaking in an extremely competitive, existing group of mfrs. Citroen & Ford have decades of R&D and solid driver/codriver pairings, so in this regard alone, I'm very, very concerned that VW Motorsport made no driver announcements other than saying a German driver is under consideration (Burkart ...Riedemann??).
While they look cool from a street /tuner perspective, these cars don't drive themselves and are an absolute handful to both pilot and set up for the wide range of conditions encountered around the world. The driver, codriver and lead engineer account for at least 75% of the performance potential here. Normally VW Motorsport and Audi Sport are good at picking their fights, ....that is, fights that they know (not perceive) to have a excellent chance for success, so a lack of driver announcement is really out of character for them.
As it is, right now in the WRC, anyone who is fast enough to consistently put this car on the podium is accounted for. Bringing youngsters up to speed takes years, bit it seems that this will be the initial approach ...I doubt that Carlos Sainz will come out of retirement, for a third time, to take on the current fast crop of Finns and Frenchmen.
Tell me who's driving and then I'll tell you if they have a chance.
"Professional Driver, Closed Course."
SpeedWerks Racing 05/06 CASC OR GTA Champion
2008 DCSCC Autox Series Top 3 PAX Points
2009/10/12 DCSCC Autox THS Champion, Street Tire Champion & 2nd place PAX Points
I´ll be waiting in Rally Corona Mexico 2012