The Volkswagen Polo RX, called the “Winter Project Car” is a rear-wheel drive, rear-engined race car
In order to mark the 10th anniversary, Volkswagen Motorsport India has revealed a new rear-engine, rear-wheel drive VW Polo RX race car at the Madras Motor Race Track. The new model has been developed entirely by the factory team. It will be put on sale for track day purposes.
This Polo RX was developed during its ‘winter break’, which is why it called as a ‘winter project car’. The hatchback comes with a rear-mounted 1.8-litre, turbocharged petrol engine from the Ameo Cup race car. This engine is paired with a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters, which sends the power to the rear wheels. Also See – Volkswagen’s future plans for India explained in 5 quick points
While the fuel tank is positioned in the front, the intercooler for the engine is located under the rear seat. The company has also added the customised cooling ducts and ancillaries. It comes with a revised suspension setup.
The Winter Project car, Volkswagen Polo RX is designed and developed for track use only. It does not comply with any racing regulations and won’t be used for competitive purposes. The company could alter this car in future to meet autocross, circuit racing or rally regulations. Also See – updated VW Polo and Ameo coming soon
The Volkswagen Polo Cup one-make series was introduced in 2010. The company had introduced the Polo Cup cars in 2012 with the upgraded 128bhp diesel and 178bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine. Transmission options were include manual and DSG automatic. Volkswagen latter introduced the Vento Cup and Ameo Cup series in 2015 and 2017 respectively. The Ameo Cup Series model was powered by a 1.8-litre, TSI petrol engine that produces 202bhp and was paired to sequential gearboxes.