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VW Wants Recently Crowned WRC Champ Ogier To Aid Sports Car Development

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He drove a racing version of the Volkswagen Polo to overall victory in the 2013 World Rally Championship, but soon Sébastien Ogier may be helping to develop a road-going performance version of the popular subcompact and other VW models. That’s the claim of VW head of development Heinz-Jakob Neusser.

“He has a special know-how in how performance cars should drive,” Neusser told Autocar during a recent interview. “We expect to use his skills more widely.”

Ogier has already contributed to the development of one VW performance model, the upcoming 2015 VW Golf R. Neusser revealed that Ogier’s contribution to the development of that car, which included some Nürburgring testing, was very positive.

Unfortunately, Neusser didn’t reveal what model Ogier is likely to work on next.

The Polo R WRC rally car used by Ogier in his successful run this year has also spawned a road-going version (pictured above), though this model wasn’t developed together with the French rally star. It features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 220 horsepower. The engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission and powers the front wheels only.

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