Volkswagen reveals new Polo GTi R5
Volkswagen has revealed an image of its new Polo GTI R5, which is set to be made available to professional teams in the second half of 2018, enabling them to compete in championships across the world, including the WRC.
The 270 bhp Polo has been in development since the start of the year, and calls upon the firm’s experience gained in VW’s successful WRC era. It is being developed by Volkswagen Motorsport technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison, who was integral to the development of VW’s WRC-winning Polo R.
Like the production model on which it is based, the Polo GTI R5 has a powerful four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection. It also has four-wheel drive, a sequential five-speed racing transmission and a comprehensive safety package, which are key elements of the R5 category, which means privateers and teams the opportunity to contest national, regional and international championships with cost-effective powerful rally cars.
“With the Polo GTI R5 we are hoping to transfer our expertise from four WRC titles to customer racing successfully, and offer a first-class racing machine for countless rally championships from national series to the WRC,” explained Sven Smeets, Volkswagen’s motorsport director. “Before the first race outing next year, we will subject the Polo GTI R5 to rigorous testing to make sure it is prepared for the extremely varied track conditions around the world.”