Volkswagen Polo R Cup Car : BIC Drive
It's been a year since the 2012 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TSI R Cup Car was introduced for the Volkswagen Polo Cup Series in India. We take this racing car for a spin on the country's best race track as the car and the new drivers prepare for the fresh season
When the 2012 Volkswagen Polo R Cup Car was revealed it was a sensation in the country. Featuring the road going VW Polo GTI’s 1.4 litre Twincharger Stratified Injection (TSI) petrol engine that is hooked to a water cooled turbocharger and a supercharger it was clear that the Volkswagen Polo R Cup Car was destined for the track. Ask anyone who has had a chance to be behind the wheel of this machine and they are bound to go on and on about the way this car performs. In fact in the 2012 season of the Polo Cup, the increase in pace amongst the driver’s was noticeable.
The 1.4 litre TSI engine in the Polo R Cup Car develops 180 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm and 250Nm of torque @ 2,000 – 4,500 rpm and is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox giving this racing car a top speed of 220 km/h.
The Volkswagen Polo has always been a good looking car, but when you set your eyes on the Volkswagen Polo R Cup Car with its racing livery, gills on the bonnet, lower body kit, dark alloy rims and the big rear spoiler at the pit lane of the Buddh International Circuit, it looks beefier and aggressive, making it look sporty in a very alluring manner. I honestly wish some of these elements could be made available for the road going car, but that is just wishful thinking!
This being a racing car, on the inside, it is stripped of all its creature comforts and every single bit of padding inside the passenger cabin except for the front door pads and trimmed down dashboard to save weight. All the seats have been removed and two lightweight bucket seats with six-point harnesses have been fitted for the driver and front passenger. Completing the interior look are the compact OMP racing steering wheel, an electric instrument cluster mounted in front of the Polo’s analogue instrument cluster and a motorsport spec roll cage.
by Kunal Khadse
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