Volkswagen Polo R WRX Supercar

Like last year’s title-winning Volkswagen Polo GTI RX Supercar, the 2018 evolution – labelled the Polo R Supercar – can trace its roots back to Volkswagen Motorsport’s domination of the World Rally Championship. By way of best-practice and as a way of cutting costs, those super-successful chassis from stages around the world have been rebuilt and re-prepared for the 12 tracks that make up this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship.

Beneath the bonnet and in the drivetrain, there have been tweaks, but not much more. Outwardly you’ll see changes to the front and rear, with a different wing at the back of the car and revised air intakes in the front bumper. These have been incorporated to further enhance the aerodynamic set-up and the car’s cooling package.

Engine

Design :Four-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust turbocharger and intercooling, positioned laterally in front of the front axle
Capacity: 2,000 ccm
Performance: 419 kW (570hp) at 7,800 rpm
Torque: 650 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Bore/stroke: 86.0 mm/86.0 mm
Restrictor plate: 45 mm
Engine management: Bosch

Transmission

Gearbox: Sequential, six-gear racing transmission
Axle drive: Permanent 4-wheel drive with rigid drive shaft between front and rear axle, multi-plate limited slip differentials on front and rear axle with adjustable barrier effect
Coupling: Hydraulically operated three-plate carbon clutch

Chassis

Front/rear axle: McPherson struts, dampers by ZF
Suspension travel: Approx. 240 mm
Steering: Rack-and-pinion steering with power assistance
Braking system: Disc brakes with all-around inside ventilation (Ø 325 mm), aluminium callipers (four pistons all-around)
Rims: 8.5 x 17 inch
Tyres: 225/640-R17 Cooper

Chassis/Bodywork

Structure: Reinforced production steel body in line with FIA regulations

Dimensions and weight

Length/width/height: 4,000/1,820/1,452 mm
Track: 1,600 mm
Wheelbase: 2,490 mm
Minimum weight: 1,300 kg (incl. driver)

Driving performance

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in approx. 1.9 seconds
Top speed: Up to 2oo km/h (depending on transmission)