Volkswagen announced in Wolfsburg that the automaker will start contesting the WRC with Polo R WRC starting in 2013.
We have invited you to join us here in Olbia to announce Volkswagen’s entry in the World Rally Championship starting in 2013. – These were the words used by Volkswagen Management Board Member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg as he declared Volkswagen’s entry into the most versatile of the four automobile world championships (World Rally Championship – WRC).
In front of 200 journalists in Wolfsburg, he unveiled the concept of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, the car with which Volkswagen will compete from 2013 onwards, together with Luca de Meo, Head of Marketing of Volkswagen AG, and Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. Luca de Meo: 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 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 3 years, said Kris Nissen.
After 3 consecutive victories at the Dakar Rally, Volkswagen has set itself new aims in top-calibre sport. With three car corporations currently involved in the championship and global media coverage, the WRC offers an attractive, highly competitive environment for Volkswagen. By 2013, Volkswagen will develop a near 300hp rally car with a 1.6-litre TSI engine (turbocharged) and four-wheel drive based on the Polo.
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