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2021 Volkswagen Polo Championship Cup car review, track drive

A minimal over a decade in the past, Volkswagen Motorsport released their one-make racing collection...

A minimal over a decade in the past, Volkswagen Motorsport released their one-make racing collection in India. Since then, the Motorsport team has continuously designed and fine-tuned their function-constructed race cars and trucks to offer one thing more rapidly and much more enjoyable for each and every time of the championship. This time close to, we get a taste of the 2021 iteration of the Volkswagen Polo Championship automobile.

Parked together with the pit lane in a stunning shade of matte crimson, the 2021 Polo race automobile appears to be the portion. It sits a great deal reduced to the floor than the highway-going variation, flaunts light-weight multi-spoke wheels wrapped in slick MRF racing tyres, and will get a functional, outsized spoiler bolted on its roof. These apart, rather a great deal all other body panels are lifted off the regular Polo on sale now. Apparently, this Polo (which includes the driver) ideas the scales at 1,220kg, which is a little bit much more than the Vento Touring automobile that weighs roughly 1,150kg. Sirish Vissa, head of Volkswagen Motorsport, explains that his team could decide for distinct materials to lessen its excess weight, but that would only escalate charges, that’s why they’ve decided to use as numerous domestically sourced sections as feasible to hold a examine on genuine and alternative charges. The team, even so, has no alternative but to import specific parts like the motor, gearbox, driveshaft, brakes and electrical parts, to identify a number of. As a end result, each and every automobile charges VW a jaw-dropping determine that ranges from Rs forty five-50 lakh to make.

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Most domestically-sourced sections made use of to hold charges in examine.

Like all other race cars and trucks, the interiors are barebones and have just the basics. So, what’s accessible is a half-minimize dashboard, with the controls positioned 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 automobile in target had a passenger seat, but the level of competition variation won’t have a single, “so that’s about ten kilos knocked off there,” chuckles Sirish. As opposed to the outgoing Ameo cup automobile, this also functions distinct damper settings, new springs, a distinct brake pad compound, as well as a stiffer roll cage.

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1.eight-litre turbo-petrol will make a complete of 230hp.

We received a probability to working experience how it drives, and the way this 210hp, 1.eight-litre, turbo-petrol EA888 motor performs is astonishing. This is the exact same motor that does responsibility in the Ameo race automobile and the Vento touring automobile, but this a single feels a little bit much more powerful. Electricity delivery is brutal and it catapults you forward each and every time you squeeze the accelerator pedal. Transmitting electric power to the front wheels is a six-velocity sequential guide transmission, which incidentally also will get an computerized mode. Each and every equipment change is instantaneous and definitely intense. The unassisted steering presents a truly raw working experience, and with leech-like grip and zero body roll, this automobile goes close to corners like a very hot knife by means of butter. As is also the case with the Ameo, this a single makes use of upgraded brakes from the Golf in the front and the highway-going Polo’s front discs at the rear. So, braking general performance is major notch, and it infuses ample self-assurance in the driver to brake a great deal afterwards and a great deal more difficult.

But the serious conversing stage of this iteration is that this a single is accessible with a ‘Push to Pass’ functionality, which presents the driver an added 20hp strengthen for a brief burst of 10sec, bumping up the electric power to 230hp. The VW Motorsport team is incorporating this ‘Push to Pass’ function in their championship cars and trucks, whereby the trailing driver can bump up the strengthen stress for an added burst of electric power at the push of a button, in order to make an overtake immediately after exiting a corner or on a straight portion of highway throughout a race. In concept, it is a principle related to DRS (drag reduction system) in F1. Sirish states that a driver can avail this function a highest of 5 situations in a ten-lap race, and each and every time a driver is employing this over-strengthen functionality, the car’s hazard lights change on to personal other race drivers.

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The Polo Championship automobile has come a prolonged way in conditions of velocity, managing harmony, braking and driver aids. Options like ‘Push to Pass’ will unquestionably make this one-make racing collection a whole lot much more enjoyable, and it will be pretty attention-grabbing to see its application 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 automobile has a little bit much more horsepower than the Ameo race automobile, and it is really apparent in the way the Polo builds velocity,” states Narain. This particular automobile was running increased strengthen pressures than normal, that’s why Narain had access to all of its 230hp on the observe.

“There’s a fair little bit of understeer dialled in, but I suppose when setting it up for an individual’s preference, it can be tuned in another way. For an entry-degree expert motorsport collection, this one-make championship spells phenomenal benefit, and serves as a good discovering system for drivers who aspire to take the touring automobile racing route.”

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