• Volkswagen Polo R WRC
  • Volkswagen Polo R WRC

  • Volkswagen Polo R WRC
  • Volkswagen Polo R WRC

  • Volkswagen Polo R WRC
  • Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Volkswagen has petitioned the FIA to hold on to the current specifications for cars in the World Rally Championship, according to Autosport.com. The move is evidently an effort to keep as many competitors in the sport as possible, despite the fact that using the current spec racers may actually hurt Volkswagen's chances at winning. The three factory teams currently competing in the WRC are at the end of a three-year homologation cycle at the end of 2013, and new cars are expected to bow next year. But developing new racers could cost as much as $4.7 million.

That price tag would put M-Sport (which fields Ford racers) out of the WRC game for 2014 and would put Citroën participation in question as well. VW has already begun work on the next iteration of its Polo R WRC, and the hatch has nabbed four wins in six rounds this season. Now it appears that car won't bow until at least 2015. The FIA has officially agreed to freeze homologation of new WRC cars until the end of next season.


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      gasaraki88
      • 1 Year Ago
      WRC has been dying ever since Subaru and Mitsubishi both bowed out. Now it's only down to 3 manufacturers?
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      WRC died a long time ago, with the death of Group B.
      Bryan Pizzuti
      • 1 Year Ago
      FIA needs to concentrate less on homologation and more on participation. They need more manufacturers.
      DooMMasteR
      • 1 Year Ago
      So again, VW/Audi enters a racing series and quickly begins to dominate (they still suffer a lot of problems and yet seem to win a lot) But this time VW reacts before being expelled (B-Series, TransAm and others) and gets to lower the level of competition but still, I do not know if it will be any fun with the Polo being such a dominant car.
      Pdexter
      • 1 Year Ago
      If anything this just tells in what kind of lackluster series Citroen and Loeb have been winning year after year. VW just enters and starts to domnate right away.
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol WRC is officially dead.
      WayneG
      • 1 Year Ago
      The FIA is biased to Japanese manufacturers hence the tremendous effort to exclude them from the dominance. Thereby the winning ways of the French team. WRC is nonsense.
        Pdexter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WayneG
        From what dominance? That's just so random. Toyota put a record number to their F1 project (estimated ar 700-1000 million on a one season) and failed. Maybe Japanese brands should look at the mirror.