Volkswagen has unveiled an early shot of its new Polo R WRC machine for 2017 ahead of the regulations revamp next year.
The World Rally Championship is aiming to produce more powerful and spectacular cars with next season's changes to technical regulation and Volkswagen has become the first manufacturer to reveal initial images and information on its new challenger.
VW predicts it will produce 380hp, around 60 more than its current model, while making the Polo lighter and wider with a more aggressive design. The German manufacturer also says it has been working on the concept since the summer of 2015 when the FIA announced the regulation redrafts.
The initial specification sees the new Polo R WRC grow 50mm wider, 25kg lighter with the aforementioned added 60hp, which has been achieved by widening the air restrictor by 3mm. In addition, electronic differential will be used from greater power transmission.
The car will carry a larger rear wing and front spoiler to meet the demand for a more outstanding appearance.
“The 2017 WRC regulations include many spectacular technical innovations for the World Rally Championship,” Jost Capito. Volkswagen Motorsport Director, said. “The World Rally Cars of the future will incorporate all the experience that teams have gained in recent years. They will be considerably more dynamic, whilst at the same time being safer.
“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.”
VW has also confirmed the new Polo R WRC will undergo lengthy and extensive testing ahead of his debut in WRC at next year's Rally Monte Carlo in January 2017.