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Published on November 5th, 2011 | by Seán Ward

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Volkswagen Polo R WRC Starts Testing

VW’s Polo R WRC has started its testing regime ahead of a larger VW WRC 4-wheel drive development programme next year.

The first test was completed in Veldenz near Trier by Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Volkswagen Board of Management for Technology, and the two-time World Rally Champion and Dakar winner Carlos Sainz.

“The first test with the new Polo R WRC is a special moment and marks an important milestone in the preparations for our entry in the WRC.

“We’re well on schedule and are now able to start testing our concepts and developments in reality. The WRC is the top category in rally sport and a great challenge for the team, the drivers and the technology. We’re taking on this challenge and will be making efficient use of the time before we start into our first competition.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen was happy with the progress the car made, and looks forward to future VW WRC cars: “The first Polo represents a preliminary stage of the subsequent rally car and during the upcoming months will serve as a test vehicle for various components such as engines, gearboxes or suspension parts. The findings obtained in these tests will be directly fed into the first thorough-bred Polo R WRC.

“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.”

Test driver Carlos Sainz said that “The car is still in an early stage but already feels very good. For the whole team, whether engineers, mechanics or drivers, it’s very important to get to know the first real car as early as possible and to test and continue to develop it.”

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