For the 2013 World Rally Championship, Volkswagen will prepare only two factory Polo R WRCs.
Volkswagen Motorsport ex director Kris Nissen said that VW may use as many as five Polos through 2013, to incorporate the firm’s junior drivers Andreas Mikkelsen, Kevin Abbring and Sepp Wiegand.
Now, however, the new VW Motorsport director Jost Capito says the number of seats will be slashed.
The all-wheel-drive Polo R WRC will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which Volkswagen expects will produce around 300 horsepower. Volkswagen Motorsport has high hopes for its WRC Polo, and hopefully the team can draw on the success that VW experienced with rallying in the 1980s.
Since rumours of a WRC campaign started over a year ago, VW has been linked to a number of drivers – including Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg – but it declined to name any signings this evening.
“We have plenty of time and I am sure we will find a driver whose ambitions and values match those of Volkswagen,” said board member Dr Ulrich Hackenberg.