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.


  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 12 - SAN JUAN (ARG) / SAN RAFAEL (ARG) - 14/01/2010- PHOTO : DPPI
  • Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, Nasser Al Attiyah, Timo Gottschalk, Mark Miller, Ralph Pitchford Giniel de Villiers, Dirk von Zitzewitz Rallye Dakar 2010
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 12 - SAN JUAN (ARG) / SAN RAFAEL (ARG) - 14/01/2010- PHOTO : FRANCOIS FLAMAND / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 12 - SAN JUAN (ARG) / SAN RAFAEL (ARG) - 14/01/2010- PHOTO : FRANCOIS FLAMAND / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 12 - SAN JUAN (ARG) / SAN RAFAEL (ARG) - 14/01/2010- PHOTO : ERIC VARGIOLU / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 13 - SAN RAFAEL (ARG) / SANTA ROSA (ARG) - 15/01/2010- PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC H / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 13 - SAN RAFAEL (ARG) / SANTA ROSA (ARG) - 15/01/2010- PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC H / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 13 - SAN RAFAEL (ARG) / SANTA ROSA (ARG) - 15/01/2010- PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC H / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 13 - SAN RAFAEL (ARG) / SANTA ROSA (ARG) - 15/01/2010- PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC H / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 13 - SAN RAFAEL (ARG) / SANTA ROSA (ARG) - 15/01/2010- PHOTO : FREDERIC LE FLOC H / DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 13 - SAN RAFAEL (ARG) / SANTA ROSA (ARG) - 15/01/2010- PHOTO : DPPI
  • MOTORSPORT - DAKAR ARGENTINA CHILE 2010 - STAGE 13 - SAN RAFAEL (ARG) / SANTA ROSA (ARG) - 15/01/2010- PHOTO : DPPI

[Source: Autocar]

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