FREE NEWSLETTER

Super sporty variant of the new VW Polo GTI for global rallying

4 December 2017

Volkswagen has unveiled the Polo GTI R5, the development of the new rally sports car incorporating the experience and know-how acquired while winning four World Rally Championship titles from 2013 to 2016. Development has been in full swing since the start of the year with initial tests on asphalt and gravel taking place in mid-November in Fontjoncouse, France that will continue in the UK in December.

Like the new Polo GTI, the production model, the Polo GTI R5 has a powerful straight four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection, which is mounted transversely in front of the front axle. The capacity of the rally car is limited to 1.6 litres in accordance with the regulations. This is sufficient to generate an impressive 200 kW (272 hp) and maximum torque of 400 Newton metres. A close-stepped, sequential, five-speed racing gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive achieve outstanding acceleration on any surface – whether asphalt, gravel or snow. Weighing just 1,320 kilograms, the rally GTI accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

The four-door, steel chassis, which serves as the basis for the assembly, is manufactured at the production plant in Pamplona, Spain. In accordance with FIA regulations, it is strengthened with a roll cage and other safety components.

Responsibility for the entire project lies with Technical Director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison, as well as Project Manager Jan de Jongh, who, as race engineer, looked after world champion Sébastien Ogier’s Polo R WRC from 2013 to 2016.

“The Polo GTI R5 came through the initial tests without any problems and the feedback from the test drivers was very positive,” said Demaison. “It is obviously beneficial to be able to call upon an experienced team of engineers and mechanics who helped to develop the Polo that won the world championship. And it goes without saying that, as we have in the past, we are also taking advantage of the close and excellent cooperation with the colleagues in the technical development department in Wolfsburg, as well as our Škoda colleagues, who have been offering their customers an R5 car since 2015.”

“The close relationship to the road-going Polo GTI is unmistakable,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “In the rally Polo, the GTI family has another spectacular ambassador. Our team and the colleagues at Volkswagen Design in Wolfsburg deserve great credit for this. Over the coming months, the Polo GTI R5 must prove itself in a series of tough scenarios in order to ensure that it can build on the success of its predecessor in the customers’ hands.”

The Polo GTI R5 will be homologated in the summer of 2018 with the first deliveries to customer sports teams, and the first competitive outings, planned for the second half of the year.

Partners

Latest issue

FREE Newsletter

Stay up to date and a chance to win 1 Years Subscription*

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Tweets

Stay up to date with our social world

RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
18 Oct
UK Sports Prototype Cup to launch in 2019 https://t.co/vFazQKQ7xc
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
18 Oct
Welcome to The Revolution https://t.co/18aQ8YdXZY
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
17 Oct
We look forward to @rFactorPro showcasing their new Digital Circuit Maintenance contracts and their #Autonomoushttps://t.co/Jen3kHc5RV
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
17 Oct
World Endurance hypercar budgets slashed https://t.co/goYl1G9r4M
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
16 Oct
Ligier goes back to its roots with new model https://t.co/tdst8SaFE8
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
15 Oct
Bloodhound SSC project hits the buffers https://t.co/ApKBAWUmEb
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
12 Oct
Aston Martin to replace Mercedes in DTM https://t.co/WRIFbMx6yV
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
11 Oct
Great news that Matthias Dank, Global Business Segment Manager Racing for @AVL_List is contributing us as a Cabine… https://t.co/4Q1gXg1ThB