The journey from concept car to World Rally Car.And suddenly it was there. In May 2011, the Polo R WRC was unveiled to motor sport experts for the first time on the island of Sardinia. Under the glare of the spotlights, the starting signal was given for the journey to the World Rally Championship. The prototype, known internally as the ‘Polo R WRC Concept Car’, was actually a ‘hybrid’. Under the bodywork there was still a lot of technology from the Fabia Super 2000, which subsidiary company Skoda already uses for rally sport.
Leave nothing to chance.The engineers, mechanics and logistics experts at Volkswagen Motorsport all have plenty of experience. After all, this is the team that won the Dakar Rally three times in succession. However, the rallies in the world championship have about as much in common with the desert marathon as a Touareg has with a Polo. In order to be optimally prepared for every last detail of the world championship routes when the team starts battling it out for championship points in 2013, Volkswagen Motorsport entered all but one of the world championship runs in 2012.