News doesn't travel fast in Poland. In fact, very few things travel all that fast in Poland. Sure, the emergence of Robert Kubica on the Formula One scene has shown well for the Eastern European country, but when he tried his hand at rallying, well... he almost lost it. (His hand, we mean.) So you can imagine our surprise when we caught wind of a Volkswagen Polo rally car being developed in Poland.

Apparently nobody told a guy named Paul Dytko that Volkswagen was already building a Polo-based rally car to challenge the World Rally Championship. Or that sister-company Skoda had turned its Fabia (which shares its underpinnings with the Polo) into an S2000 rally car, too. Not that we're complaining, mind you – there's always room for another fire-breathing, 400-horsepower hatchback in the world. We're just surprised, is all.

Dytko is reportedly trying to raise funds to continue development on the project, and potentially take it to Pikes Peak to prove what it can do. In the mean time, the Polish Polo will be taking on hill climb events across Europe in the coming season, now just weeks away. But if you can't wait that long, there's a good six minutes of rather artfully shot footage of the prototype drifting sideways around what looks like an abandoned airfield after the jump. Check it out.



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      MiniBoost
      • 3 Years Ago
      With an opening line like that i am ashamed you write for a site i frequent and hold in high regard. Nice work Mr. Dytko.
      MackArtoo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has it crossed your mind that specs for hill climbing might be different enough to justify a totally new car? Were quasi-witty remarks just too good to pass up? ;P
      banan
      • 3 Years Ago
      the driver is my high school math teachers brother. she actually teaches here in states! respect!
      Arek
      • 3 Years Ago
      what an ignorant tool wrote this article...
        Mark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Arek
        Maybe he was trying to be funny Jeremy Clarkson-style but... we all see what came out...
      jack
      • 3 Years Ago
      Central Europe not eastern
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jack
        Here is something made from scratch in Easter Europe, dumbass! People stop with this ignorant prejudice already. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_onMjruyzd0
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          My mistake! Sorry! I guess it's that time in the month when my hormones get wild and I get a little touchy :D The second part of my previous comment goes to the author of the article.
          jack
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          i was referring to Poland being in central europe not eastern europe *facepalm*
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      "News doesn't travel fast in Poland. In fact, very few things travel all that fast in Poland. (...) So you can imagine our surprise when we caught wind of a Volkswagen Polo rally car being developed in Poland." Erm... what?:) If I would tell, that we even have electricity and warm water- the author of this "article" would probably have a heart attack... eh, whatever.
      Marcel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm polish and I don't like the first sentences either, but that's very common for an average american or western european to think like that about Poland or Czech Republic, but I don't blame them since they haven't even been here :D
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marcel
        You should blame them exactly because of that. They've never been in Poland or other Central-Eastern European country, but all of a sudden they know all about it.
      samrich1
      • 3 Years Ago
      They've managed to turn something exciting into the most boring video I've ever seen.
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      You morons who keep taking the first sentence out of context need to stop. He was referring to Poland not being your first thought when it comes to motorsports, let alone a country where high performance production cars comes from. There is no "prejudice" in the article.
        tf242
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        You moron, not only is the first sentence itself out of context; the article has nothing to do with high performance production cars.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tf242
          Uh where did I say the article talks about high performance production cars? Reading comprehension much? Poland isn't the home of an automotive giant that produces high performance production cars. Therefore, it wouldn't be your first thought when it comes to "speed". Go away, troll.
      Jossue Rivera
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they were to make a street legal version, (one can dream), people would swarm (possibly) to buy it!
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