Volkswagen is likely to build more than just a hot version of the Polo as the company works to support its burgeoning motorsport interests, according to the man tasked with developing the company's rally project.
Jost Capito, who moved to VW earlier this year after more than a decade working on Ford's performance vehicles, is preparing for the debut of the Polo WRC on the famous Monte Carlo Rally in January. However, he also revealed to What Car? that his new role is likely to expand to include influence over performance road cars, and that he would favour increased development of motorsport-influenced models beyond the forthcoming Polo R.
'I have always had the view that the production cars have to support and reflect what is happening on the circuits and rally stages,' said Capito. 'I implemented that at Ford, and that view hasn't changed now that I am at VW. By definition it would mean more than the Polo R. For the immediate future, though, we have to prepare for the 2013 season with the Polo rally car, and then see how things develop.'
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