The World Rally Championship has suffered in recent years, but new rules encouraging smaller, more efficient rally cars may be bringing some life back to the event. Due to the World Rally Championship’s new rules encouraging downsized, boosted engines, Volkswagen has decided to jump back in the fray in 2013 with its VW Polo R WRC subcompact, an all-wheel-drive rally car that pumps 300 horsepower out of a tiny 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

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“Today is a great day for the WRC,” reported double world champion Carlos Sainz as saying. “Tomorrow it’s Mini starting out in the WRC and today we have this big news from Volkswagen. This is one of the steps towards getting back to the really strong days of the WRC.”


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