It seems that few people can understand why VAG (Volkswagen Audi Group, the largest of the European car manufacturers, who also own the Bugatti and Lamborghini sports car companies) are not in some way associated with Formula 1. (Formula 1 is a predominantly European single-seat racing series, and is widely considered the pinnacle of the motorsport community — current US-schooled drivers include Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Speed.)
The old argument that the group already competes in the World Rally Championship (with the Skoda brand) touring cars (with the Seat brand) and Le Mans (with the Audi brand) accounts for using up the group's competition budget. However, can it afford to stay that way for much longer?
Both BMW and Mercedes have got "big" teams in F1 now, and if VW wants to compete at the same level selling cars, then surely they need to compete at the same level in racing. Well then, this is where my thoughts come in. It seems that the Champ Car series no longer needs the Cosworth engine company due to its linkup with the IndyCart series — so will Forsyth and Kalkhoven sell the English engine company?
Well, I think they will, and it would not be any surprise if the people who bought it were none other than VAG. Why? Well VAG has owned Cosworth before - you didn’t realise that did you? In 1998 Vickers (the owners at the time) sold Cosworth to VW, who in turn sold the race division to Ford; this is why up until recently the Ford engine supplier was Cosworth Racing and not Cosworth, which made little difference as everyone called it Cosworth anyway.
The VW side of what was left was called Cosworth Technology, the company specialising in aluminium and power-train development consultancy work. Some (if not most) of the Audi engines powering the VW fleet today owe something at least to Cosworth. VW, however, sold CT to the Mahle Group in 2004.
So why would VAG like the Cosworth name back? Well, it is a universal brand that is known by every petrol-head in the world. Also the history of the engine maker is unprecedented; the F1 or IndyCart/ChampCar world would not be what it is today without Cosworth and its mighty DFV 3.0ltr V8.