2017 Polo R WRC-01

The 2017 Volkswagen Polo R WRC will be more powerful, lighter and more aerodynamic. To enter into the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017, the third-gen Polo R WRC is currently entering a “crucial phase” of development, after having successfully tested key components in the current chassis.

The minimum length of the Polo R WRC is 3,900 mm, and it’s now 50 mm wider compared to its predecessor. Additionally, it sports a larger rear wing and a broader front spoiler. Weight has been reduced by 25 kg, which in summary, sees minimum weight reduced from 1,200 kg to 1,175 kg.

Meanwhile, the 2017 rally car possesses more power, pushing a total of 380 hp (318 hp previously). According to the brand, the extra 60 hp is achieved through the air restrictor, which has been widened from 33 mm to 36 mm. An electronic centre differential will be used for power transmission.

“We are working painstakingly on the development of the next generation of the Polo R WRC. The key between now and the start of next season is to achieve the best possible prerequisites to allow the 2017 Polo R WRC to be as successful as its two predecessors,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito.

Development of the 2017 Polo R WRC started since 2015. That said, the final appearance of the rally car will change significantly by the start of the season at the Rally Monte Carlo in January 2017, the brand noted. The Volkswagen Polo R WRC has been successful since its debut in 2013, sweeping up titles in all subsequent seasons.

GALLERY: Second-generation Volkswagen Polo R WRC