Volkswagen Rally Spec Polo R2 and Group N Polo finish on podium at IMS K-1000 Rally, Bangalore
Polo R2 will be competing in a new category to be seen for the first time in the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship (IRC) 2014. Polo R2 will also be tested at the Chikmaglur Rally in December 2013.
Polo Cup was first seen in 2010 here has been a highly successful ever since, and is now in its fourth season. Volkswagen Motorsport India is now introducing its prototype Polo R2 which is powered by a four cylinder 1.6 litre MPI petrol engine offering peak power of 130 PS while it is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The model on test also gets race enhanced specifications in the form of Reiger Suspension and uprated Alcon brakes besides modifications in body work which include an aerodynamic body kit, rear spoiler and roof vents. Stripped of interiors, there’s a FIA spec roll cage, fire extinguisher, and OMP rally seats with six point harness for both driver and navigator. Polo R2 sits on 15′ alloy wheels from JK Rally tyres.
IMG K-1000 Rally INRC 1600 category, saw Arun Rao Aroor (AR Racing) finish first, Phalguna Urs (Racetech India) second with a Group N Polo in INRC 1600 category, and Sirish Chandran (Slideways Industries) third, all driving Volkswagen Polo rally cars. Rohan Pawar’s Slideways Industries’ Polo rally car finished 3rd the JINRC category.
Karamjit Singh said, “It was our first outing in the Polo R2 and I am glad we could produce good results. The feeling from the car is very positive and we are on the right path for developing the car further.”
Volkswagen Motorsport India has been a succesful one-make car racing series here giving young racers a platform to move to international racing series. Volkswagen Motorsport India expansion comes in the form of extension of technical support to rally teams competing with Volkswagen Polo in the INRC.
Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, said “The first running in of the car has been done and the feedback has been good so far. Karamjit Singh has been driving the Group N Polo this season for which we have been providing technical and spares support at the rally stages. He will now move up to the R2 which is a more powerful car. His inputs are crucial for us in developing the car further and we hope to see some positive steps after the K-1000 Rally.”
After teh race, he said, Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India commented, “The Polo R2 and Group N Polo being developed by the Volkswagen Motorsport team in India had their first competitive outing this weekend and I am glad they performed well. Karamjit’s and Urs’ results show good signs of the development of the cars. The team has worked really hard day in and day out to get the cars to this level and I am sure we will continue the development further. I would like to congratulate Arjun and Sirish too for the wonderful show they put up over the weekend.”
Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, commented “The Volkswagen Polo is a perfect example of German engineering. And when the engineering is right, it is always possible to extract more out of the car. Pushing the performance of the car to the limits and putting it through extreme driving will only bring out the Polo’s real potential. I believe that the Polo R2 is our next step in showcasing the capabilities of the car.”