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A complete guide to the research, development and technologies that go into Volkswagen's Rally campaign for the 2014 season.

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    MotorsportInformation

    FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)

    TECHNOLOGYINFORMATION PACKAGE

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    Contents

    Contents

    GALLERY 03

    FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) Engagements 06

    At a glance 11

    TECHNOLOGY The Polo R WRC 12

    The Polo R WRC in detail 19

    Interview with Willy Rampf 21

    Interview with FX Demaison 26

    Facts and gures 31

    VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT Engagements 34

    For media 37

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    Gallery

    Dynamic The Volkswagen Polo R WRC lines up with a host of modications including a new design

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    Gallery

    Hunted Volkswagen is defending champion in all three classications within the World Rally Championship

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    Gallery

    In focus Nowhere are fans closer to the action than in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)

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    FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Engagements

    THE PROJECT:TITLE DEFENCE

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    Drivers Championship, Co-Drivers Championship, Manufacturers

    Championship Volkswagen lines up as defending champion in all

    three categories of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). As such,

    the chasing pack will have their sights trained on Ogier and Co. at all

    13 rallies in the 2014 season

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    FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Engagements

    F

    rom hunter to

    hunted: the pro-

    ject to defend the

    Volkswagen teams hat-trick of titles

    in the FIA World Rally Champion-

    ship (WRC) kicked o with the Rally

    Monte Carlo. 13 rallies on four

    continents on gravel, asphalt, ice

    and snow. The French pairing of

    Sbastien Ogier and Julien Ingras-

    sia will be in action from January

    to November, as they bid to defend

    their World Championship titles

    in both the Driver and Co-Driver

    classications with Volkswagen.

    Together with team-mates Jari-

    Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/

    FIN), they are also the team to beat

    in the Manufacturers Champion-

    ship, in which they can count on

    support from Andreas Mikkelsen/

    Mikko Markkula (N/FIN).

    We line up with the number 1

    on a Polo R WRC this season,

    said Volkswagen Motorsport

    Director Jost Capito. That hon-

    our is reserved for the World

    Champion, and is something we

    are very proud of. However, that

    does not mean that we will be

    presumptuous or complacent at

    the rallies. We approach the task

    in hand with the greatest respect,

    maximum concentration and

    absolute commitment. It is easier

    to win a World Championship title

    than it is to successfully defend

    it. But precisely that is our goal.

    Each rally will give us an indica-

    Splash!

    The World Rally

    Championship opens on

    ice and snow in Monte

    Carlo and ends in

    the mud and water of

    Great Britain

    We approach the task in

    hand with the greatest respect,

    maximum concentration and

    absolute commitment.

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    FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Engagements

    tion of how we compare to the

    new and new-look opposition. We

    are looking forward to it.

    Tried-and-tested team vs. new

    challengers

    Three Polo R WRCs and a proven

    sextet: Volkswagen lines up in the

    2014 WRC with an unchanged

    team of Sbastien Ogier/Julien

    Ingrassia, Jari-Matti Latvala/

    Miikka Anttila and Andreas Mik-

    kelsen/Mikko Markkula. It will,

    however face a new opponent

    and some old foes who have

    rung the changes: Kris Meeke

    and Mads stberg will drive for

    Citron, who have won the Man-

    ufacturers World Championship

    on eight occasions, including ve

    titles in a row. Among those rac-

    ing for M-Sport are Mikko Hir-

    vonen and former Formula One

    driver Robert Kubica. Hyundai

    returns to the World Rally Cham-

    pionship as a manufacturer in

    2014, and lines up with last years

    runner-up Thierry Neuville as its

    number one driver.

    Tried-and-tested calendar, plus

    new territory for the WRC

    The World Rally Championship

    will visit 13 countries on four con-

    The team to beat Sbastien Ogier, Motorsport Director Jost Capito and Jari-Matti Latvala (bottom right) start with the

    numbers one and two on their cars

    Rising star

    Andreas Mikkelsen

    in the number nine

    Polo R WRC

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    FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Engagements

    tinents in 2014. On the agenda:

    a dozen tried-and-tested venues

    that graced the calendar in 2013,

    and one newcomer instead

    of the Rally Greece, the WRC

    circus takes its battle for World

    Championship points to Poland.

    The season kicked o with a

    genuine classic the iconic Rally

    Monte Carlo. This was followed in

    Europe by the Rallies in Sweden

    and Portugal, as well as events in

    Italy, Finland, Germany, France,

    Spain and Great Britain over the

    course of the season. The teams

    also travel to Mexico in North

    America and Argentina in South

    America. Another real highlight

    comes at the Rally Australia on

    the fth continent.

    Tried-and-tested format, new

    rules

    A tried-and-tested format with

    new rules the 2014 World Rally

    Championship sees the introduc-

    tion of a number of new features

    for fans and competitors alike.

    The hitherto existing qualifying at

    gravel rallies has been scrapped.

    Instead, the cars will start accord-

    ing to the standings in the World

    Championship on day one, with

    the overall leader rst onto the

    route. Detailed amendments have

    also been made to the rules,

    which allow competitors to return

    to action after a retirement under

    Rally-2 regulations. The itinerar-

    ies of each round of the World

    Championship are to be stand-

    ardised over the course of the

    season. In the future, rallies will

    open with the starting ceremony

    on the Thursday and nish with

    the nal special stage around

    midday on the Sunday. The nal

    stage will also always form the

    Power Stage, which is broadcast

    live on TV, and on which bonus

    points are up for grabs for the

    three fastest drivers. //

    In hot pursuit The World Rally Championship is broadcast around the world on TV

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    FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Engagements

    14/0119/01/2014 Rally Monte Carlo Asphalt/snow

    05/0208/02/2014 Rally Sweden Ice & snow

    06/0309/03/2014 Rally Mexico Gravel

    03/0406/04/2014 Rally Portugal Gravel

    08/0511/05/2014 Rally Argentina Gravel

    06/0608/06/2014 Rally Italy Gravel

    27/0629/06/2014 Rally Poland Gravel

    01/0803/08/2014 Rally Finland Gravel

    22/0824/08/2014 Rally Germany Asphalt

    12/0914/09/2014 Rally Australia Gravel

    03/1005/10/2014 Rally France Asphalt

    24/1026/10/2014 Rally Spain Gravel/asphalt

    14/1116/11/2014 Rally Great Britain Gravel

    Fan-friendly Spectators can watch the mechanics work their magic in the Volkswagen service area

    2014 Calendar, FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)

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    FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) At a glance

    NETWORKED:MORE THAN 3,000,000

    FANS OF VOLKSWAGEN

    MOTORSPORT ON FACEBOOK

    V

    olkswagens success

    also transcends to

    social networks.

    The Motorsports presence on

    Web 2.0 platforms has proven

    hugely popular with fans and the

    media. The number of Likes on

    the Facebook network broke the

    3,000,000 mark at Rally Portugal,

    while around 25,000 fans follow

    the live reporting on Twitter. WRC

    reports are not only available on

    Facebook and Twitter, but also

    on YouTube. You can nd links to

    these services on page 37.

    News from the Volkswagen team

    PENNED:THE BOOK TO ACCOMPANY

    THE WRC YEAR

    O

    n 16th January,

    Sbastien Ogier

    and Julien Ingras-

    sias title-winning season in the

    Driver and Co-Driver categories

    of the World Rally Champion-

    ship was captured forever with

    the release of the book From

    Nought to World Champion.

    Authors Christian Schn and

    Bodo Krling, together with top

    photographers Daniel Roeseler

    and Richrd Blint, take a stun-

    ning 192-page look at last years

    motorsport fairy tale.

    Successful Web 2.0

    presence: the Volkswagen

    Motorsport Facebook page

    A

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