Door open for private Volkswagen entry in 2017 WRC

Volkswagen's 2017 World Rally Car could still appear in next season's WRC, but the firm is in a race against time to secure a deal with a private entrant

Door open for private Volkswagen entry in 2017 WRC

Although VW pulled out of the world championship last month, there has always been the potential for both the 2016 Polo and the next generation '17 car to be used by private drivers next year.

VW raised eyebrows when it maintained its test programme with the new Polo. Marcus Gronholm completed the final official running in northern Sweden last Wednesday.

The car is now ready to run in Monte Carlo, but VW needs private funding for the complete season before it would be able to enter and complete the FIA's homologation process.

VW has until the end of next week to do this in time for round one.

Volkswagen board member Frank Welsch admitted to Autocar the 2017 car could still be seen next season.

"Lots of private teams have been asking to run the [2017] car and, while there is no decision on whether we will do that yet, with development 99% complete it made sense to complete the final hoops required for homologation so we can if necessary," he said.

"At the moment, all I can say people are interested and we are keeping the possibility open."

VW's WRC technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison said at Sunday's Autosport Awards that he had not given up hope of his 2017 creation being used in competition.

"We think it's a great car," he said.

"As long as we have some hope we will try everything."

Sebastien Ogier has unsurprisingly been linked to a drive in the car should it run with a private team.

Asked about the potential for him remaining in a Polo, Ogier replied: "Rumours are part of our world, but there's nothing in this way I can tell you."

shares
comments
Hyundai launches its 2017 World Rally Car for new regulations
Previous article

Hyundai launches its 2017 World Rally Car for new regulations

Next article

Sebastien Ogier poised to choose 2017 World Rally Championship seat

Sebastien Ogier poised to choose 2017 World Rally Championship seat
Load comments
How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain Plus

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

WRC
Oct 18, 2021
The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0 Plus

The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0

Two decades after Petter Solberg emerged as a World Rally Championship winner, his son Oliver is ready to take the WRC by storm. Having secured a part-time WRC factory drive for Hyundai in 2022, he's raring to repay the marque's faith in him and follow in his 2003 champion father's footsteps

WRC
Oct 14, 2021
Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season Plus

Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season

The World Rally Championship will step into a new hybrid era in 2022, but the car changes haven't been the only excitement that has built within the paddock. WRC's 'silly season' kicked off in a big way and all the key driver moves for 2022 - of which there are many - look set to shake things up

WRC
Oct 13, 2021
How joining Finland’s exclusive club was Evans' true WRC coming-of-age Plus

How joining Finland’s exclusive club was Evans' true WRC coming-of-age

By his own admission, the fifth World Rally Championship victory of Elfyn Evans' career in Finland last weekend was the drive of his life. Winning five stages in a row and soaking up huge pressure from the Hyundais on the fastest gravel stages around, the Welshman put in a faultless showing that proved what he is truly made of

WRC
Oct 4, 2021
Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant? Plus

Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?

WRC
Sep 16, 2021
How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains Plus

How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains

After Kalle Rovanpera’s historic feat at Rally Estonia, the Finn scaled new heights at the Rally of the Gods with a commanding victory. And this time Toyota’s young star demonstrated why the future is bright with his devastating speed and consistency at the Acropolis Rally

WRC
Sep 13, 2021
The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally Plus

The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally

Five drivers have won first time out at the Rally Acropolis, transcending the tough dirt and gravel Greek roads to cement a place in rallying folklore. Here are three of the first-time winners' tales

WRC
Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble Plus

Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble

From being considered a likely contender to drive the next-generation M-Sport Ford Puma in 2022, Teemu Suninen's abrupt exit has created plenty of questions. The Finn's bid to become his country's next World Rally Championship winner won't be furthered by being sidelined, but there may be reason behind the decision

WRC
Sep 2, 2021