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VWoA
 
Background

Employment History

  • Engineer
    VWoA
  • Head of Motorsport and Performance Parts
    Volkswagen of America
  • Special Vehicles Manager
    Volkswagen of America
  • Engineer
    Volkswagen AG
  • Head
    Volkswagen AG
  • Motorsports Manager
    Volkswagen AG
  • U.S. Motorsports Manager
    VW

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Josef Hoppen, who founded ...
hoppenmotorsport.com, 10 July 2010 [cached]
Josef Hoppen, who founded Joe Hoppen Motorsport ("JHM") in 1990, was for years the head of Volkswagen of America's Motorsport and High Performance activities.
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Before accepting the position at Volkswagen of America ("VWoA"), Hoppen worked as a Service Manager, Race Car builder, and Driver at the Porsche VW Dealership in Daytona Beach, Florida - winning several events, championships, and factory service awards. Hoppen came to America in 1957 after leaving the Porsche Factory Racing Department.
Educated in Germany, Hoppen joined VWoA in 1962 as an engineer, overseeing technical matters, quality control, and warranty issues while also providing technical dealer support. Hoppen soon found himself being asked to oversee VWoA's interests on the Motorsport/Performance front.
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Under Hoppen, this Porsche Audi Motorsport involvement expanded to the IMSA and SCCA with Porsche Carrera, 924-944 Turbo, 934 Turbo, 935 Turbo, and finally 952 Turbo programs with nearly 200 victories and countless championships in Trans-Am, National & Regional Races, Cam GT, GTO, GTU, GTX, and Prototype events. Hoppen also started the Indy Project for Porsche. In addition to making all models champions, Hoppen also made the Audi/VW powered 914 and 924 National Champions.
On the VW side, Hoppen started making VW powered Dune Buggies Baja 500, Mint 400, and Baja 1000; winning products and National Champions.
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Finally, Hoppen made the GTI and Scirocco National Champions and introduced America's first one make championships with the Scirocco Cup - Golf Cup and Bilstein Rabbit Cup.
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Hoppen continued with Audi to develop specially prepared Quattro's for this event, winning six years from 1982 onwards with such drivers as John Buffum, Michele Mouton, Walter Rohrl, and Bobby Unser.
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Hoppen masterminded the Quattro's A-W-D turbo-charged entrance into the Trans-Am and GTO tours. He guided engineers through the maze of U.S. regulations to produce cars that were able to achieve a strong advantage over their rivals in both championships. While concentrating on the headlining opportunities, Hoppen also oversaw Audi's involvement in SCCA Showroom Stock Racing, where the 200 Turbo Quattro proved itself a success with victories at such venues as Sebring and Road Atlanta.
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As VWoA's head, Hoppen was key in helping to shape Audi's entry into the road racing competition arena, working with Audi engineers directly to create the kind of vehicles to make the brand a champion of this side of the Atlantic.
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In the time since, Hoppen has continued to use those relationships to form a partnership with Audi's High Performance engineers, as well as Volkswagen counterparts and the leading Audi/VW tuners in Europe to create, develop, and import the finest and most appropriate aftermarket performance packages available for Audi and Volkswagen drivers.
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(Josef Hoppen 1/23/1933 - 11/16/2008)
Indy Pro Series Champions - Brian Stewart Racing - Tech Corner
www.brianstewartracing.ca, 10 Nov 2009 [cached]
The idea for Formula Super Vee is generally attributed to Joe Hoppen, who worked as the Special Vehicles Manager for Volkswagen of America. It was Hoppen who sold the idea for the new formula to the SCCA (the sanctioning body in the USA), who in November 1969 decided to launch a championship for the new car for the following year, despite the fact that no cars existed at that time.
Joe Hoppen Motorsport
www.hoppenmotorsport.com, 2 Sept 2009 [cached]
Josef Hoppen, who founded JHM in 1990, was for years the head of Volkswagen of America's Motorsport and high performance activities. There he successfully oversaw the winning North American competition efforts of Porsche, VW and Audi.
Before accepting the position at VWoA, Hoppen worked as a Service Manager, Race Car builder and driver at the Porsche VW Dealership in Daytona Beach, winning several events, championships and factory awards. Hoppen came to America in 1957 after leaving the Porsche Factory Racing Department.
Educated in Germany, Hoppen joined Volkswagen of America in 1962 as an engineer, overseeing technical matters, quality control and warranty matters while also providing technical dealer support. Hoppen soon found himself being asked to oversee Volkswagen of America's interests on the motorsport/performance front.
...
Under Hoppen, this Porsche Audi motorsport involvement expanded to the IMSA and SCCA with Porsche Carrera, 924-944 turbo, 934 turbo, 935 turbo and finally 952 turbo programs with nearly 200 victories and countless Championships in Trans-Am, National & Regional races, Camel GT, GTO, GTU, GTX and Prototype events. Hoppen also started the Indy project for Porsche. In addition to making all models champions, Hoppen also made the Audi/VW powered 914 and 924 National Champions.
On the VW side, Hoppen started making VW powered Dune Buggies Baja 500, Mint 400 and Baja 1000, winning products and National Champions.
...
Finally, Hoppen made the GTI and Scirocco National Champions and introduced America's first one make Championships with the Scirocco Cup, Golf Cup and Bilstein Rabbit Cup.
...
Hoppen continued with Audi to develop specially prepared Quattro's for this event, winning six years from 1982 onwards with such drivers as John Buffum, Michele Mouton, Walter Rohrl and Bobby Unser.
...
Additionally, Hoppen masterminded the Quattro's AWD turbocharged entrance into the Trans-Am and GTO tours. He guided the engineers through the maze of U.S. regulations to produce cars that were able to achieve a strong advantage over their rivals in both championships. While concentrating on these headlining opportunities, Hoppen also oversaw Audi's involvement in SCCA Showroom Stock racing, where the 200 turbo Quattro proved itself a success with victories at such venues as Sebring and Road Atlanta.
...
As Volkswagen of America's head, Hoppen was key in helping to shape Audi's entry into road racing competition arena, working with Audi engineers directly to create the kind of vehicles to make the brand a champion of this side of the Atlantic.
...
In the time since, Hoppen has continued to use those relationships to form a partnership with Audi's high performance engineers, as well as Volkswagen counterparts and the leading Audi/VW tuners in Europe to create, develop and import the finest and most appropriate after market performance packages available for Audi and Volkswagen drivers.
Back in 1970 Joe Hoppen, who ...
lucasautocare.com, 17 April 2012 [cached]
Back in 1970 Joe Hoppen, who was the motorsports manager for Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi in the U.S., wanted to promote the 914 through racing so he formed three factory teams.
Porsche 914: Classic Motorsports
classicmotorsports.net, 19 Feb 2009 [cached]
In 1970, Joe Hoppen, VW's U.S. motorsports manager was given the task of developing a racing reputation for the 914. His strategy was to run the higher-priced 914-6 as dealer/factory-sponsored cars, while encouraging privateers to campaign the less-expensive 914-4.
Datsun and Triumph lobbied hard to keep the 914 out of their classes, but Hoppen had an effective bargaining chip to play: If the SCCA would let the 914-6 run in C Production, and the 914-4 run in E Production, Hoppen would concentrate his efforts there instead of spending another year dominating the under-two-liter Trans-Am category with his much-hated 911s. The SCCA agreed.
Hoppen's plans for the 914-6 called for three factory teams. Each factory-sponsored team would get $50,000 and cars to run for the season. In the East, he selected Peter Gregg of Brumos, while the Midwest effort would be headed by Art Bunker, Bob Hindson and Kendall Noah.
In the West, Hoppen gave the nod to VW-Pacific under Richie Ginther.
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For 1971, Hoppen took a different tack, introducing the 914-6 GT, intending to run it in CP as a variant of the 914-6 roadster. However, this was too much for Leyland and Datsun, and they had the 914-6 GT ruled an all-new model with too few built to satisfy the SCCA Production class requirements. In fact, only 11 were built at that time.
The SCCA's decision was understandable, but it had some unintended and far-reaching consequences. Hoppen took the 914-6 GT to the fledgling IMSA organization, which was willing to accept it into competition.
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Hoppen didn't forget the SCCA, though, and in 1971 Hindson repeated as Midwestern Division champion.
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