OFFICIAL – Vw to Rejoin WRC with Polo R WRC in 2013 image

As it was previously rumored, Volkswagen will start competing from 2013 in the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC.

Built to the new WRC spec of a direct-injection turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the Polo R WRC is expected to turn out “near 300-horsepower” by the time it’s ready to race. The engine is still being developed from the Polo’s production engine by the Wolfsburg-based team.

“The new Technical Regulations of the World Rally Championship are an ideal fit for Volkswagen’s philosophy with respect to the development of production vehicles,” Dr Hackenberg said. “Downsizing, high efficiency and reliability are top priorities for our customers.

“The timing of the WRC debut is optimal for Volkswagen. The big task of engineering a vehicle that is competitive and capable of winning at a large number of challenges holds great appeal for us.”