Photo: Anja Weber
Polo R WRC
World Rally Championship winner 2015
Five overall victories and a world championship title – the Polo R WRC with chassis number 25 was the key to success in the 2015 World Rally Championship for Volkswagen factory driver Sébastien Ogier. The Autostadt in Wolfsburg is showcasing the winning car until early May on the ground floor of the ZeitHaus museum.
The car on display is a loan from Volkswagen Motorsport. It competed in twelve FIA World Rally Championship events in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Sébastien Ogier won five of these races – including the legendary Monte Carlo Rally – with this World Rally Car in 2015 and celebrated his third consecutive world title. Together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia, the Frenchman also scored important points for the prestigious Manufacturer's Championship title for Volkswagen. The 2016 season finale in Wales was the last rally for the Polo R WRC with chassis number 25.
Volkswagen dominated the World Rally Championship from 2013 to 2016. Together with three outstanding driver teams, the redeveloped Polo R WRC laid the foundation for success and 43 overall victories for the Volkswagen Motorsport team. The company's WRC involvement spawned four World Championship titles each in the driver, co-driver, and manufacturer's categories.
During the Polo R WRC development phase from 2011 to 2013, Volkswagen engineers were supported by Dakar winner Carlos Sainz and German Rally Champion Dieter Depping. With 621 best times in 935 special stages, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC is still regarded as the best rally car in WRC history.