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Volkswagen Motorsport has re­leased a sketch of its next gen­er­a­tion World Rally Car.

The 2017 Polo R WRC is ex­pected to be run­ning im­mi­nently, if not al­ready at a pri­vate test track – the Ger­man squad’s WRC crews will get their first taste of the car af­ter Rally Ar­gentina later this month.

The pic­ture, drawn in asphalt trim, of­fers an in­sight into the vis­ual im­pact ex­pected from the new gen­er­a­tion of cars. Volkswagen, like its ri­vals, will take full ad­van­tage of new reg­u­la­tions, of­fer­ing greater free­dom in the width and aero­dy­nam­ics.

The rear wing – the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of which are con­trolled closely by the FIA – is big, but de­void of a sec­ondary wing or the kind of veins and slats that have been used more re­cently to im­prove lat­i­tu­di­nal down­force. This re­in­forces the view that the rear wing is more about spec­ta­cle than ef­fi­ciency.

Volkswagen ex­pects the car to de­velop around 380bhp from a chas­sis 25kg lighter than the cur­rent Polo.

Volkswagen Motorsport di­rec­tor Jost Capito said: “The 2017 WRC reg­u­la­tions in­clude many spec­tac­u­lar tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tions for the World Rally Cham­pi­onship. The World Rally Cars of the fu­ture will in­cor­po­rate all the ex­pe­ri­ence teams have gained in re­cent years. They will be con­sid­er­ably more dy­namic, while at the same time be­ing safer. As usual, 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.”

The new car will have a tough act to fol­low. Since its in­tro­duc­tion at the start of 2013, the Polo has won 37 of the 42 WRC rounds it has started in the hands of its three works driv­ers.

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