Onboard the Volkswagen Polo R WRC - Sebastien Ogier - Rally Acropolis - 2013

Get in the seat of the Volkswagen Polo R. Fresh out of the oven, a qualifying session from the 2013 Rally Acropolis...

 

Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier
Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier

 

 

Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier
Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier

 

 

Sébastien Ogier
Sébastien Ogier

 

 

Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier
Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier

 

 

Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier
Volkswagen Polo R - Sebastien Ogier

 

About the Volkswagen Polo R:

 

The Volkswagen Polo R WRC is a World Rally Car built and operated by Volkswagen Motorsport and based on the Volkswagen Polo for use in the World Rally Championship. The car is built to the World Rally Car regulations introduced 2011, which are based upon the existing Super 2000 regulations, but powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine rather than the normally aspirated 2-litre engine found in Super 2000 cars. The Polo R WRC marks Volkswagen's second entry into the World Rally Championship as a manufacturer. Volkswagen Motorsport had previously entered theVolkswagen Golf GTI in rallies between 1983 and 1988 with some success. The company also made the Volkswagen Golf Mk3 and Mk4 available as a kit car to privateer entries during the Group A era from 1993 to 1997, though its use was mostly limited to national championships.

 

The Polo R WRC was officially unveiled in May 2011, and spent the next eighteen months in testing, with two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz, Sébastien Ogier—who finished third in the2011 World Drivers' Championship—and Volkswagen's testing and development driver Dieter Depping carrying out development in Norway, FinlandGermanySpain and Mexico to simulate the conditions the car would encounter in competition. The testing phase was not without incident; the team signed Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala's in October 2012, but his first test in Mexico was cut short when he collided with a passenger car whilst travelling on public roads between stages. No-one was seriously injured in the crash, but the car was too damaged to continue testing. Further testing also took place in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to prepare the cars for the unique snow and tarmac roads used in the Monte Carlo Rally, the first event of the 2013 season.

The car was originally intended to make its debut at the 2012 Rally d'Italia in Sardegna, but these plans were abandoned in favour of continuing development, and the car was submitted to the FIA in November for homologation. Parallel to this, Volkswagen Motorsport entered two Škoda Fabias built to Super 2000 specifications in twelve rounds of the 2012 season (and a third car in the 2012Rallye Deutschland) to develop experience in running a World Rally Championship team. The final build of the car was formally launched in December 2012 in Monaco.

 

 

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