Volkswagen has today teased its next generation Polo R World Rally Championship car.
Aiming to be more powerful and faster, next season’s model will generate about 375 bhp, which is 60 bhp more than the current car’s 315 bhp. The increase in performance has been achieved by widening the air restrictor from 33 mm, as it is at present, to 36 mm.
Key visual changes include the larger rear wing and broader front spoiler. The new car will also be about 25 kg lighter and 50 mm wider than the current entrant.
Volkswagen’s design team says it has been developing the third generation of the Polo R WRC since summer 2015, when the International Automobile Federation (FIA) released new regulations.
“The World Rally Cars of the future will incorporate all the experience that teams have gained in recent years,” said Volkswagen’s motorsport director, Jost Capito. “They will be considerably more dynamic, whilst at the same time being safer.”
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. The team from Wolfsburg’s next outing is the fourth WRC round of the year – the Rally Argentina.