The Volkswagen has ruled out the possibility of creating a factory team to the Junior class of the world rally championship WRC2 in 2018, when the debut of a new car Polo R5, reports AUTOSPORT.
Subsidiary of VW – Skoda – exposes factory teams in WRC2 and ERC, where she is a Fabia R5.
The new Polo R marks the return of Volkwagen in the WRC after the unexpected departure of the major category at the end of last year, but, as stressed by the head of Motorsport Sven Smits, is a purely commercial project.
“Unlike the Skoda, we have no plans for a full performance in the WRC and the launch of the factory team, – has told Smiths. – We get the car to market, and, of course, you will need to spend a few rally good driver to demonstrate its potential.
This will probably be one or two phases in key markets where great interest in the R5″.
The work on the car began in March, and Smith is confident that the tests will be held in late summer.
“We started to design and plan to start test in August or September, and homologation are going to receive in June or July of next year,” added Smits.
It is expected that tests of the new machine will deal two-time world champion Marcus Gronholm, who worked on the Polo R WRC, which came out at the start.
“We have already briefly discussed the situation and clarify all the details when scheduling tests, – has told Smiths. Marcus was part of the history of the Polo for three years and will be part of a new project.
Smith also added that VW and Skoda will work together.
“We will benefit from what you managed to achieve a Skoda at work on the Fabia R5, but they will benefit from what we do now, he said. We openly discussed the continued work on the project.”
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