VW's new Polo Super 1600 'junior' rally car

Preminary details have emerged about the new VW Polo Super 1600 'junior' rally car, which was first seen in public on course car duty during Rally Deutschland, and is scheduled for homologation on January 1, 2003. Development began in July 2001 and prototypes have already covered several thousands of test kilometres on gravel and tarmac surfaces. The development team in Wolfsburg, Germany, was led by VW engineer Hans Marschall

VW's new Polo Super 1600 'junior' rally car

The VW Motorsport development team has designed a MacPherson strut front suspension with triangulated lower wishbones and an anti-roll bar, and an adjustable trailing arm rear beam. Both ends are fitted with adjustable Öhlins dampers.

Using the Bosch 3.1 engine management system, the Polo's undersquare, alloy-block, 1598cc, 16-valve, twin-cam engine has already run for hundreds of hours on Wolfsburg dynamometers and in the test car. It produces 215bhp at 8750rpm, with 180Nm of torque at 6250rpm. This effort is transmitted to the road by a transverse, sequential-shift, straight-cut, six-speed gearbox, designed and built by British transmission specialist Gemini Transmissions.

The new Polo uses aluminium brake calipers by Alcon Components, and OZ Racing rims fitted with Michelin tyres.

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