What may sound like a misfire is actually the anti-lag system of the sophisticated engine electronics. It prevents the notorious turbo lag. The sound is unburnt petrol exploding in the exhaust. Bang bang! It means you could recognize the new Polo R WRC even if you were blindfolded.
Power station as artwork: the 1.6 liter TSI four cylinder with turbo charger, direct fuel injection and air intake restrictors deliver maximum output for minimum input. The aesthetics of the Polo R WRC in numbers: 315 hp and maximum torque of 425 Nm at 5000 U/min.
From zero to one hundred in around 3.9 seconds And top speed of approx. 200 km/h depending on gear ratio. The only thing that will get a rally driver up to 180 km/h more quickly than the new Polo R WRC is a dusty cockpit.
Six gears, sequential gears, manual coupling for the start. The drivers of World Rally Cars cannot skip gears so must change gears more quickly. But be warned: another lever somewhere is measuring the time…
You might change your tires twice a year, but a rally team can change their tires hundreds of times a season. Just try stacking those on top of one another!
The surface determines what tires will be used. In terms of sizes, they use 18 inch for asphalt and snow and 15 inch for gravel and ice. But in Monte Carlo, the local weather god likes to play roulette with all these tactics.
4×4 is … not 16. 4×4 is the international abbreviation for four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive on the new Polo R WRC ensures perfect traction on any surface.
If you drive through forests at 180 km/h, drift over ice and spring over hills, you need stability and good suspension. Otherwise you’ll end up crashing into a wild animal. The damping philosophy in rallying: short spring travel for asphalt, longer spring travel for gravel.
What looks good will also drive fast – this old piece of motorsport wisdom is particularly valid for the Polo R WRC, whose bodywork is based on the mass-production Polo. The extras on the rally version include flared fenders, hood, doors and a tailgate made from carbon fiber Kevlar.
In spite of the fact that they can make jumps of over 40 meters, rallying teams can take to the air without the need for a pilot’s license. However, it’s important to know about air flows. With the Polo R WRC, the rear spoiler, front spoilers and flared fenders ensure that the pilots remain on course.
Volkswagen Motorsport has cannibalized the Polo R WRC even more than your local scrap dealer could: mass production out. New rally seats, rally steering wheel, rally handbrake lever, rally gearshift paddles and rally computer in.