• Mar 10, 2011
Carlos Sainz at the 2010 Dakar Rally – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Autocar, Volkswagen is expected to announce its participation in WRC by the end of this month. The automaker has been rumored to enter WRC ever since the racing series announced a shift to 1.6-liter-based rules.

If the rumors are to be believed, the car, which is already under development, will be based on the Polo. Volkswagen has tapped Fracois-Xavier Demaison, who has led rally projects for Peugeot and Citroen, to get the diminutive Polo ready to race.

The driver for VW's WRC assault remains undetermined, though apparently the German automaker has tried – and failed – to get Sebastien Loeb. Petter Solberg's name has also come up as a possible pilot for the effort.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Atko is out of work. Or perhaps VW can attract Seb #2, Ogier. He is quite impressive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The announcement has been delayed until further notice. VW could announce their WRC program sometime this summer, and this time VW might make an announcement or 2 on who is going to drive this car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, exciting news indeed! Interesting to see how this will affect consumer car technological offerings from VW in the future.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woot! I'd love to see another manufacturer enter WRC just so it's not the same podium every single race. And it'd be great to see Petter Solberg get a new ride after he's done so well as a privateer despite so much bad luck.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Freaking awesome!!!!!! m/ m/

      Im not a VW fan, but with the arrival of Mini and now VW, its gonna spice up the WRC world in a big way. Go Ford!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      After the dismissal of Japanese dominance, WRC is becoming very interesting once again! Sweet!!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha, first thing that came to my mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtBAfmZHUzY
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW is working on a massive offer for Loeb, for their WRC program. I've heard it will be around 50 million EUR, but the actual amount is a top secret.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loeb just turned down a 15 million EUR offer from VW. VW is going to spend around 90-100 million EUR on this program.
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