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VW begins testing Polo R WRC car

2013 set to be a great year for WRC...

Volkswagen has begun testing the 2013 Polo R WRC rally car.

The first test kilometres were driven by Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the VW board of management for technology, along with a two-time World Rally Champion, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz. An initial test run of around 100 kilometres took place in the vineyards of Veldenz near Trier in Germany, on the same 2.8 km tarmac circuit used for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

VW Motorsport will be entering WRC racing in the 2013 season. Says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen: "Next year we'll be running an extensive testing programme on tarmac, gravel, mud and snow in order to prepare ourselves for the 2013 season as best we can." The video below shows some of their testing:

The Volkswagen Polo R WRC features a 1.6-liter TSI engine that develops approximately 300 PS (221 kW / 296 hp). The car is also equipped with an all-wheel drive system.

The Polo R WRC will be competing against a raft of new entrants in the WRC such as the Skoda Fabia WRC, Ford Fiesta WRC and even some potential Korean entrants from Hyundai and Kia. The new regulations aim to make the formula popular again as it has lost many fans in the past years due to unexciting racing and runaway success by Sebastian Loeb in his Citroens.

Images and video courtesy of Volkswagen

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more