Ahead of the Monte next week, Volkswagen has released pics of its latest 315-hp Polo R World Rally Car and its new colour scheme, with Motorsport Director Jost Capito explaining: “If you don’t go forwards in motorsport, you go backwards. When it comes to technical development, you simply cannot afford to let up for a single second. Although we won some laurels in 2013, we have certainly not rested on them. The manufacturers in the World Rally Championship agreed not to homologate any new World Rally Cars for the 2014 season.”
“Despite this, we tried to take full advantage of the options still available to us. Many detailed aspects of the 2014 Polo R WRC have been further developed since we made our debut twelve months ago. Every single member of the team cannot wait to find out where we stand compared to the strong competition we will face from Citroën and Ford, as well as our new opposition at Hyundai.”
“Besides optimising chassis components and new set-up variants for the drive train, the priority for the engineers was to improve the stability of the car and they have installed a new software version for the on-board electronics.”
“As well as the pure performance, a major plus in 2013 was the reliability of the Polo R WRC. In 13 World Championship rallies – three with two cars and ten with three the works team did not suffer any engine damage. There was just one technical fault: a loose connection in the electronics.”
In other words, the team which set the pace last year shows no signs of letting up – worrying times for all the others, eh?