Volkswagen Motorsport defends Polo R5 strength after testing crash

Volkswagen Motorsport has defended the strength of its Polo R5 following the release of shocking pictures of the car at a recent test

Volkswagen Motorsport defends Polo R5 strength after testing crash

The pictures of the R5, circulating on social media, shows the complete rear axle of the Polo having broken away from the test car during testing in the south of France.

Volkswagen Motorsport's technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison told Autosport the failure happened during 'destruction testing' and that it was comfortable with the outcome of the test in south-west France.

Sweden's Pontus Tidemand was driving the car at the time of the incident.

"We were testing the car in Fontjoncouse," said Demaison. "The roads in this place are used to test cars for Dakar; it's rougher than anything we would have seen on the Acropolis Rally. It's extreme, that's why we go there.

"Being honest, we go to this place to break the car. This picture came after running the car for four days and pushing the components a long way past the point where we would have expected them to fail.

"This is what we were there [in Fontjoncouse] for.

"This car is for the customer, we have to make this test for them - it wouldn't be acceptable for them to take away their car from us and have problems because we didn't do enough durability testing."

Asked about the key component which failed and allowed the axle to break free from the car, a Volkswagen Motorsport spokesperson said: "This happened more than one week ago, we made an investigation and we are satisfied and happy with the result [of that investigation].

"I'm sure you understand we're not going to go into the precise details of the components in question."

The FIA is due in Hannover to inspect the Polo R5 for homologation this time next month, with the car expected to make its competitive debut at Rally of Spain on October 25.

shares
comments
WRC driver Sordo takes a podium on Rally Zlin in ERC one-off outing

Previous article

WRC driver Sordo takes a podium on Rally Zlin in ERC one-off outing

Next article

Tanak still not comfortable with Toyota Yaris despite WRC wins

Tanak still not comfortable with Toyota Yaris despite WRC wins
Load comments

About this article

Series WRC
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport , Volkswagen Motorsport II
Author David Evans
Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished Plus

Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished

The WRC's support categories are in a process of streamlining that will spell the end of a formalised 2WD world championship-level category. While its relevance to the top level has been questioned for some time, that doesn't mean it should be swept quietly under the carpet

WRC
Apr 5, 2021
Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads Plus

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads

With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road

WRC
Apr 1, 2021
How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally Plus

How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally

Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate

WRC
Mar 1, 2021
What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic Plus

What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic

This week's Arctic Rally Finland will bring the World Rally Championship into new territory. And, almost without exception, the service park can't wait for the subzero challenge to commence

WRC
Feb 25, 2021
How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell Plus

How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell

Against pandemic-shaped odds, the World Rally Championship season opener went ahead in Monte Carlo last weekend as a familiar face again took top spot. But for an emotional Sebastien Ogier, his record-breaking eighth win meant more than most

WRC
Jan 25, 2021
What to look out for in the 2021 WRC Plus

What to look out for in the 2021 WRC

As the 2021 World Rally Championship prepares to launch amid tight COVID-19 restrictions in Monte Carlo, here are the eight things unrelated to the pandemic that you should keep an eye on this year

WRC
Jan 21, 2021
Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021 Plus

Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021

He came close to the title last year, and now Toyota's Elfyn Evans gives his verdict on what to expect from 2021 as the World Rally Championship prepares to reconvene for the Monte Carlo season opener

WRC
Jan 20, 2021
Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call Plus

Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call

OPINION: With Rally GB dropping off the World Rally Championship calendar for the second year in a row, one of Britain's best-attended sporting events faces an uncertain future. It's an unfortunate situation that points to troubling times ahead

WRC
Jan 12, 2021