Volkswagen has dominated the World Rally Championship ever since it entered in 2013. However, despite winning three WRC titles on the trot, the VW team is hard at work testing out their 2017-spec cars as the WRC season takes a break after the WRC China stage was cancelled.
The new 2017 regulations will see cars become aerodynamic and powerful while being a lot more lighter as well. The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine will kick out an extra 80bhp to push the total output out to 380bhp. The new cars will be 25 kilos lighter than current cars and will also be 55mm wider with bigger overhangs on the front and rear. The rear wing is a lot more larger as well.
The two menacing 2017 Polo WRC cars were given proper shakedowns by factory driversJari-Matti Latvala and Marcus Grönholm who ripped through a few Portuguese rally stages covering both gravel (above) and tarmac (below).