In a statement released on Friday Volkswagen said its motorsport division’s “clear emphasis on fully electric racing cars” would be complemented by a “farewell” to all regular programmes, which would include stopping the production of its Golf GTI TCR car at the end of this year.

Explaining the decision to adopt an electric-only strategy, Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets said motorsport could be used as a “trailblazer” for the development of electric vehicles.

Volkswagen said its ID.R electric prototype – which has set outright records at Pikes Peak, Goodwood and on the Tianmen Mountain, and also holds the Nurburgring Nordschleife electric record – would continue to take over the “role as a technological pioneer”.

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