Volkswagen has yet to confirm a report by Autosport that it will reveal its official plans for a World Rally Championship entry on May 5. Since late last year, there had been speculations that VW is preparing a high-spending program for the WRC.
The official announcement was expected last month at Rally Portugal but according to the source, the project only got the last internal signature several days ago. When asked about the impending announcement, a VW spokesman declined to comment.
It’s believed that what VW has chosen for its return to the WRC is a challenger that will be based on a Polo model. VW’s program would be the same as the MINIs, as the Polo World Rally Car will appear in selected events during the 2012 season before it goes on its first full campaign the next year.
It was rumored that VW offered a very tempting financial deal to 7-time world champion Sebastien Loeb to join VW in 2012. Loeb has made denials.
There are reports that VW is wooing Petter Solberg, who is the most likely to sign a VW deal in 2012 and join the marque's Dakar works driver Nasser Al-Attiyah. Solberg presently competes in the WRC on a Citroen DS3 WRC with the support of private sponsors.