Volkswagen has concluded a successful test session with the new Polo WRC in Spain, with Sebastien Ogier and Carlos Sainz able to put plenty of meaningful mileage on the car that will be used by the German manufacturer in the World Rally Championship next season.
The pair completed around 700km at the wheel of the car as VW worked to take new components to their stress and load limits, thereby providing valuable data that will be used to aid in development of the new car.
In total, the mileage completed by the pair was the equivalent of two full WRC events.
“Around 70 per cent of the WRC consists of gravel tracks, about 20 per cent of asphalt and roughly 10 per cent of ice and snow,” VW motorsport director Kris Nissen said. “The gravel test in Spain served to simulate the roughest WRC sections and to take the car to its load and stress limits. Particularly chassis components such as the hub carriers, dampers and suspension components were successfully tested in the limit range.
“Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Ogier are working together extremely well – the two are forming a very good combination. They respect each other without any rivalry and are purposefully driving the project forwards. Our next step will be to run further tests on tarmac in order to complete our specifications book and to then check off each item on the list.”