18/04/2021

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2021 Volkswagen Polo Championship Cup car review, track drive

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A small more than a ten years in the past, Volkswagen Motorsport launched their single-make racing sequence in India. Considering the fact that then, the Motorsport workforce has constantly formulated and great-tuned their function-crafted race vehicles to offer a thing speedier and more exciting for just about every period of the championship. This time all around, we get a style of the 2021 iteration of the Volkswagen Polo Championship auto.

Parked together with the pit lane in a gorgeous shade of matte purple, the 2021 Polo race auto appears the section. It sits a lot lessen to the floor than the road-going variation, flaunts lightweight multi-spoke wheels wrapped in slick MRF racing tyres, and will get a useful, oversized spoiler bolted on its roof. These apart, rather a lot all other body panels are lifted off the typical Polo on sale today. Curiously, this Polo (like the driver) guidelines the scales at one,220kg, which is a little bit more than the Vento Touring auto that weighs approximately one,150kg. Sirish Vissa, head of Volkswagen Motorsport, describes that his workforce could opt for distinctive materials to decrease its bodyweight, but that would only escalate prices, therefore they’ve determined to use as quite a few locally sourced components as achievable to preserve a look at on precise and substitute prices. The workforce, nevertheless, has no possibility but to import certain parts like the engine, gearbox, driveshaft, brakes and electrical parts, to title a couple of. As a consequence, just about every auto prices VW a jaw-dropping determine that ranges from Rs forty five-fifty lakh to develop.

Highest locally-sourced components utilised to preserve prices in look at.

Like all other race vehicles, the interiors are barebones and have just the basic principles. So, what’s readily available is a half-cut dashboard, with the controls put on the fascia, a sporty steering with paddle shifters, a race screen, a few pedals, a fire extinguisher, and a race seat with a racing harness. The auto in concentration had a passenger seat, but the levels of competition variation will not have 1, “so which is about 10 kilos knocked off there,” chuckles Sirish. Compared to the outgoing Ameo cup auto, this also functions distinctive damper options, new springs, a distinctive brake pad compound, as nicely as a stiffer roll cage.

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one.8-litre turbo-petrol would make a full of 230hp.

We got a probability to encounter how it drives, and the way this 210hp, one.8-litre, turbo-petrol EA888 engine performs is astonishing. This is the same engine that does obligation in the Ameo race auto and the Vento touring auto, but this 1 feels a little bit more potent. Power delivery is brutal and it catapults you in advance just about every time you squeeze the accelerator pedal. Transmitting ability to the entrance wheels is a 6-pace sequential handbook transmission, which by the way also will get an automated method. Every gear change is instantaneous and actually intense. The unassisted steering features a truly uncooked encounter, and with leech-like grip and zero body roll, this auto goes all around corners like a scorching knife by butter. As is also the circumstance with the Ameo, this 1 employs upgraded brakes from the Golf in the entrance and the road-going Polo’s entrance discs at the rear. So, braking general performance is leading notch, and it infuses ample confidence in the driver to brake a lot later on and a lot more difficult.

But the actual speaking level of this iteration is that this 1 is readily available with a ‘Push to Pass’ perform, which features the driver an additional 20hp increase for a limited burst of 10sec, bumping up the ability to 230hp. The VW Motorsport workforce is incorporating this ‘Push to Pass’ feature in their championship vehicles, whereby the trailing driver can bump up the increase tension for an additional burst of ability at the push of a button, in buy to make an overtake after exiting a corner or on a straight part of road in the course of a race. In theory, it is a idea similar to DRS (drag reduction process) in F1. Sirish suggests that a driver can avail this feature a optimum of five occasions in a 10-lap race, and just about every time a driver is utilizing this more than-increase perform, the car’s hazard lights flip on to intimate other race motorists.

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The Polo Championship auto has come a lengthy way in phrases of pace, dealing with stability, braking and driver aids. Features like ‘Push to Pass’ will unquestionably make this single-make racing sequence a lot more exciting, and it will be pretty appealing to see its software in the races going ahead. 

Narain’s Push 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 auto has a little bit more horsepower than the Ameo race auto, and it’s rather apparent in the way the Polo builds pace,” suggests Narain. This individual auto was operating greater increase pressures than ordinary, therefore Narain had accessibility to all of its 230hp on the keep track of.

“There’s a good little bit of understeer dialled in, but I suppose when environment it up for an individual’s desire, it can be tuned in different ways. For an entry-amount qualified motorsport sequence, this single-make championship spells phenomenal price, and serves as a good finding out system for motorists who aspire to get the touring auto racing route.”

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