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VW has made sub­tle re­vi­sions to its dom­i­nat­ing Polo R FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship (WRC) car. The de­tailed im­prove­ments were

ahead of the 2016 sea­son, which started with Monte Carlo last week.

few cau­tious changes to the equip­ment used by three-time world cham­pion pair­ing Se­bastien Ogier and Julien In­gras­sia, as well two other VW teams were un­der­taken with a view in­creas­ing the car’s re­li­a­bil­ity.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions haven’t been just un­der bon­net fo­cus on the de­sign of front of car, giv­ing

240kW four-wheel drive pow­er­house an even more strik­ing ap­pear­ance. With 34 wins from 39 WRC ral­lies, the Polo R WRC is most suc­cess­ful rally car all time af­ter just three sea­sons.

“We are about to de­fend our world cham­pi­onship ti­tle for the third time in a row,” said a VW mo­tor­sport spokesman.

“The op­po­si­tion has not been sleep­ing, and mod­i­fied its cars for the new sea­son.

“So have we, of course. The changes to the Polo R WRC are fine­tun­ing and de­tailed im­prove­ments make world cham­pi­onship-win­ning car even bet­ter.

“You have bear in mind that the reg­u­la­tions the World Rally Cham­pi­onship only al­low a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Thanks to this sta­bil­ity, it is pos­si­ble chal­lenge for ti­tle for sev­eral years with an ex­ist­ing car, mak­ing de­tailed im­prove­ments. That pre­cisely our goal for 2016.”

The se­cond gen­er­a­tion of Polo R WRC is now even more re­li­able: two changes to the chas­sis have op­ti­mised sta­bil­ity car.

front sub­frame has been strength­ened, as rear-axle wish­bones for gravel spec­i­fi­ca­tion of Polo R WRC.

The pis­tons in the en­gine have also been sub­ject a mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tion, which is barely vis­i­ble to the naked eye, or­der to fur­ther op­ti­mise its re­li­a­bil­ity. As such, it vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal en­gine used in the 2015 Polo R WRC.

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