Sunday, 18 January 2015

NEWS - Volkswagen Motorsport unveil the new Polo WRC

Volkswagen has presented the second generation of the Polo R WRC ahead of the upcoming 2015 WRC season, which begins next week at Monte Carlo. The works team from Wolfsburg has its sights set firmly on another successful defence of its titles, with a new car and a new look. Continuity is the key to the driving line-up for 2015: double world champions Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and team- mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene are the same personnel that led the team to victory last year.


“The new Polo R WRC has undergone intense further development, both on the inside and the outside,” said Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development. “Not only does it look even more dynamic and sporty than it did before, but our engineers have also been working meticulously on technical innovations under the bonnet and have improved many detailed aspects of the package that has been so successful for the past two years. The focus of this further development was on efficiency, reliability and performance. We can hardly wait to see the new Polo R WRC in Monte Carlo and at the other twelve rallies on four continents.”

The most striking change to the Polo R WRC for the 2015 season is its exterior. The white has given way to dark-blue, and looks absolutely stunning. White and light-blue stripes see the dark-blue front merge into the white rear, which features a towering new rear wing. Also integrated in the new design are Volkswagen’s other partners in the World Rally Championship: Red Bull, lubricant partner Castrol, Volkswagen Financial Services, tyre partner Michelin, chassis and clutch specialist ZF Sachs, and supplier OMP.

Volkswagen engineers have been hard at work implementing many new ideas under the bonnet too. The hydraulically activated gearbox, which is operated via a shift paddle on the steering column, represents the biggest innovation. Furthermore, three quarters of last year’s components were checked and many of them optimised, with the aim of making everything “simpler, lighter, and stronger”.

No comments:

Post a Comment