NEWS: Volkswagen Motorsport (@volkswagenms) Launch Polo GTI R5
The genius team behind the most successful WRC team in recent history, Volkswagen Motorsport, are back with aplomb – launching their “super sporty variant” of the completely new Polo GTI for global rallying fun as well as games… the tarmac-slaying, gravel-spitting Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
“Presenting the completely new Polo GTI R5 to the public was a magnificent moment,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “The close relationship to the road-going Polo GTI is usually unmistakable. from the rally Polo, the GTI family has another spectacular ambassador. Our team as well as the colleagues at Volkswagen Design in Wolfsburg deserve great credit due to This specific. Over the coming months, the Polo GTI R5 must prove itself in a series of tough scenarios, in order to ensure which the idea can build on the success of its predecessor from the customers’ hands.”
Initial tests successful, homologation planned for late summer 2018
Development of the Polo GTI R5 has been in full swing since the start of the year. Initial tests on asphalt as well as gravel took place in mid-November in Fontjoncouse, France, as well as will continue in Great Britain in December. 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 via 2013 to 2016.
“The Polo GTI R5 came through the initial tests without any problems. The feedback via the test drivers was very positive,” says Demaison. “the idea is usually obviously beneficial to be able to call upon an experienced team of engineers as well as mechanics, who helped to develop the Polo which won the planet championship. as well as the idea goes without saying which, as we have from the past, we are also taking advantage of the close as well as excellent cooperation with the colleagues from the technical development department in Wolfsburg, as well as our Škoda colleagues, who have been offering their customers an R5 car since 2015.”
As from the GTI for the streets: four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection
Like the production style – the completely new Polo GTI – the Polo GTI R5 features a powerful straight four-cylinder turbo engine with direct fuel injection, which is usually mounted transversely in front of the front axle. The capacity of the rally car is usually limited to 1.6 litres, in accordance with regulations. This specific is usually sufficient to generate an impressive 0 kW (272 hp) as well as maximum torque of 400 Newton metres. A close-stepped, sequential, all 5-speed racing gearbox as well as permanent four-wheel drive achieve outstanding acceleration on any surface – whether asphalt, gravel or snow. Weighing just 1,320 kilograms, the rally GTI accelerates via 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.
The four-door, steel chassis, which serves as the basis for the assembly, is usually manufactured at the production plant in Pamplona, Spain. In accordance with FIA regulations, the idea is usually strengthened that has a role cage as well as different safety components. The Polo GTI R5 will be homologated from the summer of 2018. The first deliveries to customer sports teams, as well as the first competitive outings, are planned for the second half of the year.
In 2012, the International Automobile Federation FIA passed the R5 regulations for a completely new generation of rally cars, aimed primarily at customer teams, talented youngsters as well as privateers. Since then, more than 400 cars have been produced by all 5 different manufacturers as well as have been in action in national as well as international championships all over the planet.