Less than a year in to their first World Rally Championship campaign, Volkswagen look set to take both the drivers and constructors title well before the end of the year.
Turning up to the first race with the Polo R WRC, this 1.6 litre turbocharged performance Polo has dominated the season. With 315 bhp being put down on gravel, mud, sand or tarmac via a permanent four wheel drive system, the pocket-rocket can accelerate to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds – just over half the time it takes the road going GTi.
If you’re lucky enough to have the keys to the Polo R WRC, as championship leader Sebastien Ogier does, excitement is virtually guaranteed. Winning rounds in snow-covered Sweden, the sandy switchbacks of Sardinia and the mountainous meanderings of Mexico, it’s only a matter of time before Seb goes all the way.
However, for the rest of us it’s not quite so easy to share in the drama that is the World Rally Championship. Fortunately, Volkswagen has thought of this and is giving us the chance to try out the Polo R WRC.
Ok, they won’t be letting you loose on the Monte Carlo rally stages, but by visiting the Rally the World website you’ll be able to join in the fun by attempting to drift your Polo like a pro, much like the real life example in the video above.
Download the game, get practising and begin your journey with Volkswagen. If you take a good look around the Rally the World site, and you’re really quite lucky, you could even experience the drama of rallying first hand as a VIP guest at the Monte-Carlo rally next year. It’s the season opener, so you’ll be first to know if Volkswagen can keep up the performances they’ve put in so far.