The real shame about a few of these unrallied cars is that they could have become world-beaters. In the case of the 2017 Volkswagen Polo WRC, there’s no doubt about it.
The last Polo was built to the exciting new 2017 WRC regulations, when the cars sprouted bigger wings, brasher attitude and a lot more power. Volkswagen had been the dominant team (with Sébastien Ogier) since 2013, winning 43 of the 53 rallies it entered. Which made it all the more shocking when the company suddenly canned its WRC programme in November 2016 following the infamous emissions scandal. By that point the new Polo WRC was only a couple of months away from its competition debut in Monte-Carlo, so virtually complete.