20,000 kilometres of testing, 1,700 parts designed completely from scratch, 17 months of preparations – all for the debut at the Rally Monte Carlo.
For the first time in 10 years, the FIA World Rally Championship trophy has two new names engraved on it.
Great honour, grand celebration: World Championship trophies presented to Volkswagen
The Rally Sweden represents a gruelling test for the drivers and the team’s technology: the rally cars are consistently pushed to their very limits, despite temperatures plummeting to between 10 and 20 degrees below freezing.
Ice dancing “Monte” style: Volkswagen takes positive stock at halfway point.
Now that the legendary Safari Rally is no longer part of the WRC calendar, the Rally Greece is undoubtedly the toughest challenge of the year for all the teams.
In one of the toughest editions of the Rally Monte Carlo in recent years, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassias held on to place second!
With their double victory in the final Power Stage, the two Volkswagen drivers also secured five extra points in the drivers’ competition.
This was the first time Volkswagen have missed out on a podium place in a season which has seen the team pick up six rally wins in eight rallies.
Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Ogier tested the icy snowy conditions during the first official shakedown of the Polo R WRC.
All the WRC titles for 2013 will go to the car maker from Wolfsburg.
Volkswagen continues to show their strength in their debut World Rally Championship season with the Polo R.
Volkswagen increased their lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship to 80 points courtesy of a seventh victory of the season for Ogier/Ingrassia and third place for Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila.
The first 25 kilometres of special stage are scheduled for tonight.
Saturday is the longest day at the Rally Australia. The teams will cover another 132.68 kilometres in the course of six Stages.
With three races still to go, one single world championship point is all that stands between Volkswagen duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and the Driver and Co-Driver titles.
"You can easily make a mistake and find yourself flying off the road"
The Volkswagen pairings of Latvala/Anttila and Ogier/Ingrassia have gradually worked their way up the overall standings.