The most impressive performance of Volkswagen in the WRC is noted back in 1986. The Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V then was driven by Swede Kenneth Eriksson and his German co-driver Peter Diekmann. The two drivers claimed the world champion’s title in the newly incepted Group A. Under Group A in the World Rally Championship, the cars used were modified road cars, often based on turbocharged, four wheel drive versions of small cars such as the Lancia Delta Integrale, Toyota Celica GT-Four, Nissan Pulsar GTI-R, Subaru Impreza WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Today’s WRC vehicles are still based on the philosophy of the Group A introduced back then.
Luca de Meo, Head of Marketing of Volkswagen AG said, “Almost exactly two years ago, in May 2009, the most recent model of the Polo was presented here in Sardinia. Today we are proud to show you the hottest Polo of all time – the Polo R WRC.” For Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen and his team, the World Rally Championship entry marks a new commitment. “We look forward to this new challenge and are working on this project with the same passion with which we won the Dakar Rally in the past three years,” said Kris Nissen.
Although I am not a fan of WRC but I am really excited about this new 1.6L TSI power plant. I believe we can expect de-tuned version of this engine in the Passat or Jetta in the coming years.