2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC has been revealed ahead of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). It is more powerful than the ongoing car and has undergone extensive test runs. The new-generation Polo R WRC went into production in summer 2015 and it is now wider, lighter and more aerodynamic than the current car. The new Polo would make its first appearance at the start of the season at the Rally Monte Carlo in January 2017.
"The 2017 WRC regulations include many spectacular technical innovations for the World Rally Championship. The World Rally Cars of the future will incorporate all the experience that teams have gained in recent years. They will be considerably more dynamic, whilst at the same time being safer. As usual, we are working painstakingly on the development of the next generation of the Polo R WRC. The key between now and the start of next season is to achieve the best possible prerequisites to allow the 2017 Polo R WRC to be as successful as its two predecessors," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. The 2017 rally Polo is about 50 mm wider and 25 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
Volkswagen Polo R WRC would have a top power of 380bhp, which is 60bhp more than that of current car. The high power output was achieved by widening the air restrictor from 33 millimetres, as it is at present, to 36 millimetres. Furthermore, an electronic centre differential can now be used for the power transmission. The most visually striking changes are the larger rear wing and broader front spoiler. The minimum length of the car is now 3,900 millimetres, whilst the minimum weight is reduced from 1,200 to 1,175 kilograms. Although the new technical components have already been applied in numerous tests, the appearance of the Polo R WRC will still change significantly by the start of the season at the Rally Monte Carlo in January 2017. Whilst the final phase of development of the Polo R WRC is already under way, Volkswagen currently tops the standings in all of the classifications in this year’s world championship, having won the first three rallies of the season.