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VW Motorsport enters tenth year in India

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Volkswagen Motorsports India celebrated the start of the tenth year since its inception and plans to enter it with a bang by unveiling a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive Polo as part of its ‘winter project’ and equipped it with a 1.8-litre TSI engine and sequential gearbox with paddle shifters. It is the same engine which was used during the Ameo Cup, which means that it is quite powerful.

The brand’s journey in India started with the Polo Cup in 2010. Since then, they have kept on developing the performance of their cars. They started off with a 1.6-litre diesel car that produced 128bhp of power and in 2012 it was upgraded to a 1.4-litre TSI engine that produced a peak power of 177bhp. They kept on improving the programme, but the biggest step was when they fielded a car at the Ameo Cup series that was completely localised at the race shop in Volkswagen Pune Plant in Chakan. It was the most powerful car ever built by them and consists of the same engine that is used for this years’ Polo. For the 2019 season, they plan to use the same cars for the Ameo Cup, albeit with a few minor tweaks.

Volkswagen Motorsports India, in 2013, launched the Customer Sport initiative. Through this initiative, they started building Volkswagen rally cars for customers who wished to participate in the Indian National Rally Championship. They have also opened up options for customers to customise their rally cars to their individual needs.

The ‘winter project’ car, at the moment, cannot be used for any competitive purposes because the car doesn’t fit in any racing regulations. However, in the future, it can be adapted to suit the respective racing regulations.
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