Feast your eyes on the box fresh title challenging machinery from defending FIA World Rallycross Champions PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.
Honed, tuned, and tweaked for increased speed, the new 2018 Volkswagen Polo R Supercar will carry the hopes and dreams of Petter Solberg and Johan Kristoffersson in defence of the 2018 teams’ championship and Johan’s drivers’ title.
Pushing out an estimated 600bhp and featuring an evolved drivetrain and running gear, the new Polo is set to take on an 11 round FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar this season, starting with the World RX of Barcelona on April 14 – 16.
During the official unveiling show at Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany, Petter Solberg said: “Last year the agreement for my PSRX team to partner with Volkswagen Sweden and Volkswagen Motorsport came very late – but we made so much success. Now it’s the job of us all to build on this success. It’s not going to be easy.
“On a personal level, I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel. Over the winter season, I have spent quite a lot of time behind a desk and I definitely prefer my office with four wheels and a roll cage! Seriously, I am a competitor and I want to start competing again.”
Johan Kristoffersson continued: “It feels much too long since the last World RX round of last year in South Africa last November. I have done lots of training – and competed in the World Rally Championship, driving a Skoda Fabia R5 at Rally Sweden – but nothing compares with that feeling of being back in a Volkswagen Polo R Supercar.
“When we started testing again this year, I was sitting in the car smiling to myself. I’m so excited to be back and so excited to start the defense of my title from last year.”
Team principal Pernilla Solberg, who has led development of the commercial, sporting and logistical side of the team, concluded by saying: “What is the easiest: hunting or being hunted? Actually, neither is easy, but definitely this year we will be hunted for the titles we won last year. But we’re ready for that.
There is incredible determination, passion and ability in our team and we are very clear on what we want from this year: we want more of what we earned last season and we’re really ready to work so hard for this. This is a family team and everybody here is ready to put everything in for the person standing next to them. This is such an exciting year for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden and now we feel really ready to get going with 2018.”