The Volkswagen Polo R WRC is all set and ready to take on the challenges at the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Since its debut a year ago, the Polo R WRC has been undergoing continuous development and is now boasting a 315-hp power. It now bears a new design -- grey and blue stripes – providing a very dynamic first impression.
The four wheel-drive Polo R WRC has won 10 of the 13 rallies last season, ensuring all three World Championship titles for Volkswagen. The 2014 Polo R WRC is not only enhanced on the outside, but also on the inside – making it much better than the 2013 version. After the 2013 season, the team from Wolfsburg played ten so-called jokers, which allowed it to alter individual parts.
Besides optimizing chassis components and new set-up variants for the drive train, VW’s engineers were tasked to enhance the stability of the race car. Volkswagen used one joker to fit a new software version for the on-board electronics.
The Polo R WRC proved itself to be a reliable race car as the works team did not suffer any engine damage in any of their units in the 13 World Championship rallies they were fielded in. The only fault was a loose connection in the electronics.
“If you don’t go forwards in motorsport, you go backwards,” said Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “When it comes to technical development, you simply cannot afford to let up for a single second. Although we won some laurels in 2013, we have certainly not rested on them. The manufacturers in the World Rally Championship agreed not to homologate any new World Rally Cars for the 2014 season. Despite this, we tried to take full advantage of the options still available to us. Many detailed aspects of the 2014 Polo R WRC have been further developed since we made our debut twelve months ago. Every single member of the team cannot wait to find out where we stand compared to the strong competition we will face from Citroën and Ford, as well as our new opposition at Hyundai.” [source: Volkswagen]