Volkswagen Motorsports TSI Race Polo for Polo R Cup 2012: 20 racers to compete in Junior, Pro and Master. Drivers’ category

The Petrol TSI Race Polo for Polo R Cup 2012 has now been showcased by Volkswagen Motorsports along with an announcement of the20 drivers who will be in the competition this year. The first of these races will take part on July 7, 2012 at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. Besides Coimbatore, some events will also be held at MMRT in Chennai while the finals of this season will take place at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida, which recently hosted the Formula 1 races for their first time ever.

There will be a number of alterations in the season’s Polo R Cup. This year will see the introduction of a petrol engine shifting from diesel engines which were used in the past two seasons. The new petrol car will be a more powerful vehicle. The TSI Race Polo will have a 1.4 liter direct injection, 4 cylinder engine with 180 hp at 6200 rpm and torque of 250 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm. The manual gearbox too has given way to a direct shift gearbox.

Young and enthusiastic drivers are all aged between 16 and 26 with experience of upto 8 races will set the track pace this season. These will form the Junior Category. Drivers in the 16 to 26 age group with experience of more than 8 races will form the Pro Category while the Masters category will have drivers of 26 years and above. Prize money is fixed at Rs. 50,000, Rs.40,000 and Rs.30,000 for the top three positions.

News Release: The all new Petrol Race Polo for Polo R Cup 2012

TSI Technology makes Race Polo faster and more powerful

The line-up of the 20 drivers for the upcoming season announced

Volkswagen Motorsport today launched the all new TSI Race Polo for Polo R Cup 2012. The line-up of 20 young drivers who will compete for the championship this year was also announced. After two successful seasons, Polo R Cup 2012 will witness a raft of changes, the most significant one being the shift from diesel to petrol engine for the Race Polo. The first race will be flagged-off on July 07, 2012 at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. Besides Coimbatore other rounds will take place in MMRT, Chennai and one round of the season will be hosted at the world class Formula 1 race track in Noida, the Buddh International Circuit.

In its third edition, Polo R Cup will see changes which will make this season stronger, faster and more exciting. This year’s Race Polo has been introduced with a petrol engine shifting from diesel engines used in the last two seasons. The new petrol car will help the young drivers enhance their skills with a more powerful car. The TSI Race Polo has a 1.4 litre, direct injection, 4 cylinder engine which produces 180 hp (132Kw) @ 6200 rpm. It’s a two wheel drive with maximum torque of 250 Nm @ 2000-4500 rpm. Doing away with a manual gearbox, the Race Polo 2012 is upgraded with a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)

This year, participants are slotted under 3 categories: Junior, Pro and Master. Drivers aged between 16 to 26 years and with experience limited to 8 races or less in the last 5 years (in a National Championship) will be part of Junior Category. Drivers aged between 16 to 26 years with experience of more than 8 races will be a part of the Pro Category. Master category will comprise of drivers who are 26 years or above at the time of registration. There is a change in prize money and fee structure as well. Prize money for the race winners are INR 50,000, INR 40,000 and INR 30,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Fee for Junior and Pro categories is INR 7 lakhs while Master category participants’ fee is INR 14 lakhs for the entire season. Each driver has an option to refinance the fee by using their Race Polo bonnet to display their respective sponsorship branding.

“We are delighted to present the new TSI Race Polo 2012 along with the 20 promising drivers today. With the immense success of the inaugural Indian GP, India is establishing itself as a motorsport hub and we are happy to play our role in promoting the same. Volkswagen is committed to developing motorsport in India along with the young talent through our Polo R Cup program. We had an excellent season last year and we are looking forward to the upcoming season”, Dr. John Chacko, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said.

“After two successful seasons of Polo R Cup, we are looking forward to this year’s championship with a brand new car. It is a strategic decision for us to shift from diesel to petrol as we want to offer our drivers a more powerful racing machine. Polo R Cup program has set benchmarks in Indian motorsports by being focussed on professionalism, technology and safety. It has grown stronger year on year and has cemented its place on the Indian motorsport map”, said Prithviraj Siddappa, Head, of Motorsport, Volkswagen India

The line-up of 20 drivers selected for JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012:

Sr.NoNameCityCategoryPrevious Participation inPolo R Cup
1Abdullah AlishaChennaiPro2010 and 2011
2Sourav BandyopadhyayMumbaiPro2010 and 2011
3Arpit DevPuneJunior
4Mihir dharkarMumbaiPro2011
5Deigo Duez (JK TYRE)MexicoPro
6Anthony GeorgeKothamangalamPro2010
7Avdumber HedeGoaPro2011
8Tabish KhanDelhiJunior
9Ajay KiniBangalorePro2011
10A. Sandeep KumarChennaiPro2011
11Yatin MaguDelhiJunior
12Angad Singh MatharooChandigarhPro2011
13Rahil NooraniMumbaiPro2011
14Hanoosh SHyderabadJunior
15Munjal SavlaMumbaiPro2010 and 2011
16Siddharth SharmaDelhiJunior
17Prashanth Tharani SinghChennaiPro
18Niranjan TodkariAurangabadPro
19Donovan VazGoaPro2011
20Ameya WalwalkarMumbaiMaster

Comparison between TDI and TSI:




Engine type1.6L R4 common Rail diesel engine1.4L, 4-cylinder inline turbo (Turbo + supercharger)
Fuel Supply SystemCommon RailDirect Injection
Max. Power output95 Kw (130 HPS) @ 4400 rpm132 Kw (180 HPS) @ 6200 rpm
Max. Torque250 Nm @ 1500-2500 rpm250 Nm @ 2000-4500 rpm
Transmission6- Speed manual gearbox6 Speed automatic – sequential  DQ  250
DifferentialOpen differentialLimited Slip, Differential
ClutchRacing single dry clutchWet Dual Clutch
Gearbox ControlManual floor shifterPaddle Shift on Steering Wheel
BrakeUprated braking sys w/o ABSUprated braking sys with ABS
Weight w/ driver and fluids1,175 Kgs1,195 Kgs
Fuel Tank45 lts45 lts
FuelStandard dieselStandard 97 Oct
ExhaustCatalytic ConvertorCatalytic Convertor


Calendar for JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2012:

  • Fitness Camp                 June 04-05, 2012        Lonavala         Della Adventure
  • Round 1                         July 06-08, 2012         Coimbatore     KMS
  • Round 2                         July 27-29, 2012         Coimbatore     KMS
  • Round 3                         Aug 24-26, 2012         Chennai           MMRT
  • Round 4                         Sep 14-16, 2012         Chennai           MMRT
  • Round 5                         Oct 12-14, 2012          Chennai           MMRT
  • Round 6                         Nov 30-Dec 02           Noida               JPSI