Volkswagen Reveals Teaser Sketch of New Polo GTI R5 Rally Car
Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch of the Polo GTI R5, which is based on the new sixth-generation Polo that was revealed back in June of this year.
In the second half of 2018, the German manufacturer will make the 266 bhp rally version of the Polo available to professional teams to compete in championships across the globe – including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
“With the Polo GTI R5 we are hoping to transfer our expertise from four WRC titles to customer racing successfully, and offer a first-class racing machine for countless rally championships from national series to the WRC,” says Volkswagen Motorsport boss, Sven Smeets.
The development of the Polo GTI R5 has been in full swing since the start of the year under the watch of Volkswagen Motorsport technical director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison, father of the record winning Polo R WRC. And Gerard-Jan de Jongh is also on board as the senior project engineer. The Dutchman was previously Sébastien Ogier’s race engineer; Ogier won the drivers’ title with Volkswagen four times in a row.
Like the production model – which is due to be launched at the end of this year – the Polo GTI R5 gets four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection. Other features include four-wheel drive and a sequential five-speed racing transmission.
New Polo GTI which utilises Volkswagen Group’s MQB AO architecture