VW and Petter Solberg Launch 2017 Polo GTI Supercar

Fromer WRC and WRX champion Petter Solberg and his teammate Johan Kristoffersson were Stockholm, Sweden to launch their entry for the 2017 World Rallycross Championship.

The two will be racing under the banner of a brand new team, going from 0-60 in less than two seconds thanks to the 570 hp mill that moves the 2017 Polo GTI Supercar.

Solberg’s decision to join the team came as a shock earlier this year, as his team PSRX, which had been running a Citroen last season, joined in with Volkswagen Sweden to develop the car that Volkswagen Motorsport put together.

Although he has won the world rallycross title twice, Solberg will have his work cut out for him if wants to be the number one driver, since his new teammate, Johan Kristoffersson outfinished him (2nd place) last season.

“I’ve been P3 2015, I was P2 2016, and, I mean, in 2017 it would be a nice way to finish on the top spot,” said Kristoffersson, admitting, though, that a top spot in the team rankings was his main priority.

Although this was the first time that the car seen in public in its final livery, the Polo has been testing, which the two drivers say has been going well.

“It is a dream for me,” says Solberg. “We have worked towards this for so long, and now we have made it. It is hard to put into words just how happy I am. Every time I climb out of the car at the end of a test, I do so with a broad grin on my face.”

The team is running out of time to develop the car, though, as the first round of the 2017 WRX season starts on March 30 with the Barcelona RX.