Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Formula to Volkswagen's Rally Success; Super Car and Dedicated Team Keys to WRC Glory

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Formula to Volkswagen's Rally Success; Super Car and Dedicated Team Keys to WRC Glory

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Vital statistics

Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection

Output: 234 kW (318 hp) at 6,250 rpm

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in about 3.9 seconds

Top speed: 200kmh

Behind the champ

THREE-time FIA World Rally Champion driver Sebastien Ogier, who last weekend retained his WRC crown at Rally Australia, says a great car and a dedicated team of drivers and mechanics have created team Volkswagen's formula to rally success.

The manufacturer's Team Volkswagen, including Ogier, Fin Jari-Matti Latvala and Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen, have proven unbeatable in the WRC over the past three seasons, consistently outpacing the rival Ford Fiestas RS WRC and the Citroen DS-3 WRCs and more recently the Hyundai i20s.

Rally Australia on the Coffs Coast proved no different with Ogier and Latvala topping the podium ahead of Citroen Northern Irishman Kris Meeke.

Never growing tired of the taste of French champagne Ogier explained the Volkswagen advantage.

"The balance of the car suits me really perfectly, the team has a strong connection and a really good way of working together, it's the whole package," Ogier said.

"I think it's for sure the best rally car I've ever driven, I feel really comfortable in this car and in this team."

Volkswagen's golden boy has come a long way since his first rally in Mexico in 2008.

Securing his third consecutive world rally championship alongside co-driver Julien Ingrassia, he is fast closing in on the great rally esteem of countryman and former teammate Sebastien Loeb.

The 31-year-old Frenchman says off the rally routes and outside his Volkswagen Polo R, he opts for a Volkswagen Tiguan for its speed and functionality.

"I think it's one of the most convenient cars I could have because its big, I can put so much stuff in the back like my bike," he said. …

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