Marcus Gronholm testing the Polo R WRC 2017 in Almeria


Note at this point that Volkswagen Motorsport is a step ahead of the other manufacturers seems to be a Truism. The German brand is the only one that has in place a programme of testing with a World Rally Car that simulates the aerodynamic characteristics and techniques that will apply in 2017 and does not waste time in proving it time and time again. With their official drivers contesting the Rally of Wales, Marcus Gronholm has again been at the controls of the Polo R WRC 2017 new test on earth, such as the one undertaken in Finland.

And as the cold, the rain and the mud present in Wales and in other regions of northern Europe, the team of test Volkswagen has shifted to Spain. The tests have taken place in Íllar, a municipality of Almeria is situated in the region of the Alpujarra, and that is about 34 kilometers from the provincial capital. A rather discreet place, situated between the valleys of the Sierra de Gádor and the Sierra Nevada mountains with forest tracks perfect for try the new evolutions of the Polo R WRC 2017.

Almeria is a region that receives visits from brands of the World Rally as usual. The orography of the terrain in Íllar and other areas of the region is perfect to simulate the stages of the Rally of Mexico. Although the altitude is not identical, the type of gravel and the remarkable outstanding that there are -and that you can see in the video – they are very positive to evaluate the performance of the engines 1.6 Turbo is equipped with the World Rally Car. With a bodywork and aerodynamics identical to that of other tests, maybe the end of Volkswagen Motorsport was precisely to test the mechanics of the Polo R WRC 2017.