In Dubai, we have the opportunity to sit in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC that will enter the 2013 World Rally Championship.Details are light on the Polo R WRC, but it’s assumed that it’ll have around 300-hp to all four wheels. Volkswagen clearly knows they have their work cut out for them to compete against veterans Ford and Citroen in WRC, but they’re clearly taking the initiative in ensuring they have a fighting chance.
This week, VW has signed ex Junior World Rally Championship champion, Sebastien Ogier to help them develop the Polo R WRC for the 2013 WRC entry.Ogier, 27, left Citroen with a year remaining on his contract.
Below are some details that we got from Dubai Motorshow.
Volkswagen Polo R WRC Specification
Based on standard Polo
Around 300 hp with 350Nm of torque
6 speed sequential gearbox
4 wheel drive
Minimum 1,200 kg
Volkswagen Polo R WRC Aerodynamics
Double – wing spoiler
Changed body shape
Volkswagen Polo R WRC Additional Information
Refueling through rear window
Racing displays for speed, rpm, gear, fuel, temperature etc.
Roof air inlet