2021 Volkswagen Polo Championship Cup car review, track drive

Rodolfo Schellin

A very little over a ten years back, Volkswagen Motorsport released their single-make racing series in India. Given that then, the Motorsport team has continuously designed and high-quality-tuned their function-designed race cars to supply something faster and more enjoyable for each individual period of the championship. This time all around, we get a style of the 2021 iteration of the Volkswagen Polo Championship car.

Parked together with the pit lane in a breathtaking shade of matte red, the 2021 Polo race car appears to be the part. It sits substantially lessen to the ground than the road-going model, flaunts lightweight multi-spoke wheels wrapped in slick MRF racing tyres, and receives a practical, outsized spoiler bolted on its roof. These apart, rather substantially all other entire body panels are lifted off the standard Polo on sale right now. Interestingly, this Polo (including the driver) guidelines the scales at 1,220kg, which is a bit more than the Vento Touring car that weighs roughly 1,150kg. Sirish Vissa, head of Volkswagen Motorsport, clarifies that his team could decide for distinctive components to decrease its excess weight, but that would only escalate fees, therefore they’ve made a decision to use as lots of domestically sourced sections as feasible to preserve a check on genuine and substitute fees. The team, however, has no alternative but to import specified parts like the motor, gearbox, driveshaft, brakes and electrical parts, to name a several. As a result, each individual car fees VW a jaw-dropping determine that ranges from Rs forty five-50 lakh to construct.

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Optimum domestically-sourced sections made use of to preserve fees in check.

Like all other race cars, the interiors are barebones and have just the basic principles. So, what’s available is a 50 {7e488363c11ee5ef50445c8c4fa770b6e6e4f99e57faea264a05ac52abb3ffe0}-reduce dashboard, with the controls put on the fascia, a sporty steering with paddle shifters, a race display screen, 3 pedals, a fire extinguisher, and a race seat with a racing harness. The car in emphasis experienced a passenger seat, but the competition model won’t have a person, “so that’s about ten kilos knocked off there,” chuckles Sirish. When compared to the outgoing Ameo cup car, this also characteristics distinctive damper options, new springs, a distinctive brake pad compound, as well as a stiffer roll cage.

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1.eight-litre turbo-petrol makes a full of 230hp.

We bought a probability to experience how it drives, and the way this 210hp, 1.eight-litre, turbo-petrol EA888 motor performs is astonishing. This is the exact motor that does obligation in the Ameo race car and the Vento touring car, but this a person feels a bit more strong. Power shipping is brutal and it catapults you forward each individual time you squeeze the accelerator pedal. Transmitting power to the entrance wheels is a six-velocity sequential guide transmission, which by the way also receives an automated method. Each and every equipment modify is instantaneous and really intense. The unassisted steering provides a really uncooked experience, and with leech-like grip and zero entire body roll, this car goes all around corners like a scorching knife via butter. As is also the case with the Ameo, this a person uses upgraded brakes from the Golfing in the entrance and the road-going Polo’s entrance discs at the rear. So, braking effectiveness is leading notch, and it infuses plenty of assurance in the driver to brake substantially later and substantially more durable.

But the actual conversing place of this iteration is that this a person is available with a ‘Push to Pass’ functionality, which provides the driver an additional 20hp boost for a brief burst of 10sec, bumping up the power to 230hp. The VW Motorsport team is incorporating this ‘Push to Pass’ function in their championship cars, wherein the trailing driver can bump up the boost strain for an additional burst of power at the push of a button, in get to make an overtake just after exiting a corner or on a straight area of road in the course of a race. In concept, it is a principle comparable to DRS (drag reduction technique) in F1. Sirish claims that a driver can avail this function a utmost of 5 times in a ten-lap race, and each individual time a driver is making use of this over-boost functionality, the car’s hazard lights convert on to personal other race drivers.

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The Polo Championship car has arrive a prolonged way in conditions of velocity, dealing with stability, braking and driver aids. Features like ‘Push to Pass’ will absolutely make this single-make racing series a lot more enjoyable, and it will be extremely intriguing to see its application in the races going forward. 

Narain’s Drive Impressions

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Narain Karthikeyan lapped the MMRT in 1m54.59s in the 2021 race Polo, beating the 2018 Ameo cup car’s time of 1m54.88s. “This car has a bit more horsepower than the Ameo race car, and it is quite obvious in the way the Polo builds velocity,” claims Narain. This certain car was operating better boost pressures than ordinary, therefore Narain experienced obtain to all of its 230hp on the keep track of.

“There’s a good bit of understeer dialled in, but I suppose when environment it up for an individual’s desire, it can be tuned differently. For an entry-level professional motorsport series, this single-make championship spells phenomenal price, and serves as a great finding out system for drivers who aspire to acquire the touring car racing route.”

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