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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.