The dates of the much awaited Indian edition of the Polo Cup have been announced. The event comprising of six races will be held between June and December 2010, with the first race to commence on the 19th of June followed by a race each month.On this occassion Volkswagen also launched a dedicated website for the Polo Cup- www.polocup.in
This year marks the world debut of Polo Cup India, with the first race which is a street circuit, confirmed to take place in Pune, Volkswagen India's hometown.The other five races will take place on the race tracks in Chennai and Coimbatore. The event will consist of 20 drivers beween the age of 16-24, who will race in identical technology cars, that are
centrally tuned and maintained by Volkswagen India Factory mechanics.Volkswagen India motorsport
head, Prithviraj Siddappa said " The race Polo meets high demands. It has to assure first-class safety standards, deliver dynamic handling properties and prove it's robustness even in turbulent races."
The Polo Cup Race car is a Volkswagen Polo with a 1.6 litre common-rail four cylinder diesel engine, that produces 130PS of power and 250Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission
gearbox. The Polo Cup one make series will be the first in India and second in the world to run diesel powered cars.
The race Polo runs on 17-inch alloys shod with 200/60 JK Tyre racing slicks and is equipped with a race brake system with four-piston calipers and ventilated 312mm front disc and 232mm rear disc. It also has an adjustable race suspension, aerodynamic body kit with front and rear
splitters, side skirts and a rear wing. The safety features on the Polo race car inlcude FIA approved rollcage, fire extinguisher, electric cut-of system, intgrated head protection,6-point seatbelt prepared for the HANS safety restraint and a safety net on driver side. There's also full data logging and drivers can opt for an onboard camera as well. Joerg Mueller, VOlkswagen group chief representative India said "This is very significant move by Volkswagen in India. We are glad that we are contributing to the development of a unique India motor sports culture. Volkswagen's motorsports activities are renowed globally and we look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise in this direction to India."