Not content with being the world’s largest car maker Volkswagen are now World Rally Champions after Frenchman Sebastien Ogier (what is it about motoring success and the name Sebastien?) won the 2013 World Rally Championship (WRC).
Volkswagen (along with his compatriot co-driver Julien Ingrassia) is the first new champion in a decade after the dominance of Citroen and (another Sebastian) Sebastien Loeb.
Well we now know about the driver but what about the car? The VW Polo R WRC is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, which, as the regulations insist, uses the same block and head gasket as a production Polo TFSI. The turbocharged engine develops a whopping 300bhp, which is delivered to all four permanently driven wheels via a 6speed sequential racing transmission.
Although almost entirely stripped of the standard Polo’s driver comforts, the FIA-spec steel roll cage and 20mm wider bodywork (plus the impressive AWD system) mean the Polo R WRC is somewhat surprisingly no lighter than a it’s cousin the showroom Polo, at 1200kg.
However as you may suspect it’s a good deal faster! Depending on the gearing it’ll reach 60mph in less than four seconds, and top speed in competition can go over the 120mph, mark on just about any terrain!
Former VW chief engineer and current VW Group motorsport boss Dr Ulrich Hackenburg commented on the win: ‘I am proud that our WRC project, which we launched over two years ago, has already yielded a title today. With Audi winning the DTM on Sunday and the WRC title today, this is the perfect end to what, for me personally, has been my most successful week in motorsport to date.’
Watch the video and join the adventure as Volkswagen face up to one of their toughest challenges to date and race their way to the top of the leader board!
Many congratulations to all involved!
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