Volkswagen Motorsport begins face mask production

What was once the WRC's top team is doing its bit to help amid the coronavirus pandemic


World rallying’s most successful team in a generation – Volkswagen Motorsport – has stepped in to help in the fight against coronavirus with the production of vital parts for protective facemasks.

The Hannover-based squad, usually focussed on the build and supply of its Polo GTI R5, has switched the efforts of its 3D printer on the manufacturer of brackets for masks to be distributed to medical staff.

Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets said: “In these difficult times, we want to do our bit to help people. Protective equipment is hugely important for medical staff.

“We are obviously happy for our production capacity to be used for this good cause.”

Volkswagen used 3D printing extensively in the manufacturer of components for its multiple record-breaking I.D. R electric sports car.

The VW-produced bracket is covered with transparent plastic which provides a face mask covering the sensitive areas of the face, the eyes, nose and mouth. As well as the 3D centre at Hannover, the Volkswagen Group has more than 50 facilities which could produce the masks at its disposal.

The initial run of masks is intended for Spain, one of the nations hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus.