► VW Polo R WRC - First Testing
Wolfsburg (03 November 2011). Volkswagen has successfully started the tests
with the new Polo R WRC. Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Volkswagen
Board of Management for Technology, and the two-time World Rally Champion
and Dakar winner Carlos Sainz (Spain) completed the first test kilometres
in the vineyards of Veldenz near Trier, the location that normally plays
host to the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, without any problems today. Prior to
competing in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) from 2013 onward,
Volkswagen will intensively test and continue to develop the four-wheel
drive vehicle that delivers an output of about 300 HP.
'The first test with the new Polo R WRC is a special moment and marks an
important milestone in the preparations for our entry in the WRC,' comments
Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management
for the Development Division. 'We're well on schedule and are now able to
start testing our concepts and developments in reality. The WRC is the top
category in rally sport and a great challenge for the team, the drivers and
the technology. We're taking on this challenge and will be making efficient
use of the time before we start into our first competition.'
'The first Polo represents a preliminary stage of the subsequent rally car
and during the upcoming months will serve as a test vehicle for various
components such as engines, gearboxes or suspension parts. The findings
obtained in these tests will be directly fed into the first thorough-bred
Polo R WRC,' explains Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. 'Next
year we'll be running an extensive testing programme on tarmac, gravel, mud
and snow in order to prepare ourselves for the 2013 season as best we can.'
On the first test day Dr Ulrich Hackenberg and Carlos Sainz, both with
co-driver Timo Gottschalk (Rheinsberg, Germany) at their side, drove some
100 kilometres on the 2.8-kilometre tarmac circuit. An initial functional
test was followed by tuning and set-up work on the engine and the
suspension, all of which was performed without any problems. 'I immensely
enjoy being involved in the development and testing of the new Polo R WRC
-- and having the privilege of driving the first kilometres is naturally a
great honour,' says Carlos Sainz. 'The car is still in an early stage but
already feels very good. For the whole team, whether engineers, mechanics
or drivers, it's very important to get to know the first real car as early
as possible and to test and continue to develop it.'
In parallel to the tests with the Polo R WRC, Volkswagen is continuing its
trial runs in the World Rally Championship. Next week the German Sepp
Wiegand with Dakar winner Timo Gottschalk as co-driver and the Dutchman
Kevin Abbring with co-driver Lara Vanneste will be competing in the Great
Britain Rally in Wales (10--13 November). At the fourth WRC test run this
year the Volkswagen factory team is again fielding two Fabia cars of the
Group's Škoda brand in order to evaluate talents and gather valuable
experiences with the team at this famous gravel rally.
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