In the realm of motor sports and the aftermarket industry, size does matter. So what happens when you swap a WRC engine and tweak it up a bit? You get a pint-sized power pack that can take on anybody be it on the street or at the WRC tracks.
Known for their mind blowing engine upgrades, German firm WIMMER Rennsporttechnik Solingen GmbH can prove it with a VW Polo. Although the original Polo R WRC is already an impressive piece of machinery, the guys at Rennsporttechnick says otherwise and decided to transform this standard POLO R into a rally car. Based on WIMMER’s extensive experience, road-approved components have been carefully selected to ensure high functional reliability and longevity. The car can be used as a daily driver for regular grocery runs.
The WIMMER Rennsporttechnik team increased the power of a 2.0-liter original engine that had figures of 220 hp (162 Kw), 350 ft-lbs of torque, and 6,02 kg/hp power/weight ratio, and a 243-kph max speed, with a power increase package Level IV for 10,200 Euros.
This Level IV package includes upgrading of the turbocharger and adjusting the air intake, a six-bar-fuel-pump, a modified high-pressure pump, a Y-pipe with sport catalytic, an internal stainless steel sports exhaust system including valve control, an intercooler, and, last but not least, the optimized software by WIMMER.
Equipped with those, the Polo comes around with 420 hp (309 kW), 480 ft-lbs of torque, 3,15 kg/hp power/weight ratio, and a hellish max speed of 280 kph.
WIMMER also installed a more efficient high-performance K&N air filter for 94 Euros, a set of stylish 8×17 OZ-rims with 215/40-17 tires for 1,990 Euros, as well as a KW-coilover suspension level III for 1,699 Euros. A wheel load scale was used for the proper and final adjustment. So if you see this Polo R fast approaching behind your car, better give way, and just take out your smart phone and take a video of it passing your econo box or everyday ride.