Polo R WRC Johannesburg Motor Show

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The abbreviation R at Volkswagen combines the properties of commanding dynamic performance and uncompromising powertrain agility with maximum safety.

At Volkswagen, R is associated with the models with superior dynamics, compelling performance data and sportiness. The entire package is offered at an outstanding value for money.

From 2013, Volkswagen will contest the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC.
The revised WRC Technical Regulations have made it possible for Volkswagen to enter the Polo into this prestigious and competitive rallying championship. The new set of rules prescribes 1.6-litre turbo engines with direct injection. This is in line with Volkswagen’s strategy of downsizing engines – a philosophy that has been pioneered with small-volume, turbocharged but highly efficient powertrains.

“The new Technical Regulations of the World Rally Championship perfectly suits
Volkswagen’s philosophy with respect to the development of production vehicles,” says Dr
Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Management Board of the Volkswagen Brand, Development Division.

“Downsizing, high efficiency and reliability are top priorities for our customers. The timing of the WRC debut is ideal for Volkswagen. The big task of engineering a vehicle that is competitive and capable of winning at a large number of challenges holds great appeal for us.”

Four-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection and 220kW of power

The centrepiece of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC will be a 1.6-litre TSI engine with direct injection and turbo-charging that will achieve a power output of 220kW with a maximum torque of 350 Newton metres.

In accordance with the regulations, the four-cylinder powerplant will have its air intake reduced by a 33-millimetre air restrictor. To transmit the engine’s power to the wheels a sequential gearbox is planned.

The Polo R WRC will be fitted with a safety cage, four-wheel drive and an aerodynamically optimised exterior. According to the regulations the minimum dry weight will be 1,200 kilograms. In the World Rally Championship the technical concept of a world rally car has to be based on the body shell of a production vehicle. Substantial driving assistance systems are prohibited. The aim is to put a reasonable cap on development costs.

In South Africa, the new Polo S2000 Rally car will debut in 2012. It will share most of the visual cues with the Polo R WRC.