“The new Technical Regulations of the World Rally Championship are an ideal fit for Volkswagen’s philosophy with respect to the development of production vehicles,” Dr Hackenberg said. “Downsizing, high efficiency and reliability are top priorities for our customers.“The timing of the WRC debut is optimal 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.”
The four-wheel drive Polo R WRC will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with around 220kW of power.
Volkswagen development division board member, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, said the brand’s entry into the championship was a result of new rules for this year’s WRC series (maximum engine displacement of 1600cc, direct injection and turbocharging approved).