VW hunts for solution to driveshaft trouble
Volkswagen faces a race against time to determine the driveshaft problem which almost cost it the manufacturers’ title at last week’s Wales Rally GB.
All three Polo R WRCS suffered a front driveshaft failure on the opening day of the Deeside event, but Sebastien Ogier’s car making it through to the finish ensured the German team could celebrate a fourth-straight title.
The three factory Polos will be flown to Sydney on Friday this week for the season finale in New South Wales later this month and team principal Sven Smeets says the pressure is on to find the cause before the plane leaves.
“We sent the driveshafts back to Hannover early to start this investigation,” he said. “We have some ideas, but we don’t know for sure and we need to know before we send the cars – we cannot risk having this happen again on the other side of the world.”
Andreas Mikkelsen’s Rally GB was thwarted by driveshaft problems