Fi­nal Polo spec­i­fi­ca­tion to be set by the end of this month

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The countdown to 2017 is well and truly un­der­way at Volk­swa­gen’s Han­nover base, with the fi­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s Polo R WRC ex­pected to be set by the end of this month.

The team is cur­rently run­ning chas­sis 35 and 36 – the so-called ze­bra cars – as test Po­los. The build pro­gramme shows chas­sis 37 as Se­bastien Ogier’s Monte Carlo Rally en­try car.

“Every­thing has to be with the FIA for ho­molo­ga­tion for Novem­ber 1,” said De­mai­son. “Af­ter that, we can­not change any­thing – the only thing that will change is if the FIA is not happy with some­thing. The fi­nal val­i­da­tion process is the end of this month, the spec­i­fi­ca­tion will be frozen at the start of Septem­ber then we start build­ing nine chas­sis – three for Monte, three for Swe­den and three spares – at the start of De­cem­ber.”

De­mai­son says the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion for next year is noth­ing like it was in 2013.

“That was the big­gest chal­lenge,” he told MN. “For us, we came with every­thing and of course the goal was to win from the begin­ning. This is not what we said, we said we wanted to come and look, to make the ex­pe­ri­ence and this kind of thing – we were not al­lowed to say we wanted to win. But I re­mem­ber the day I signed the con­tract, I was told: “You are here to de­sign the best car, to de­sign the car to win Monte [in 2013].”

De­mai­son felt un­der pres­sure with 2013 car

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