Selected figures and facts about the world championships of Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia and Volkswagen Motosport.
It may just be a turn of phrase, but in this case success really didn't come easily. Volkswagen Motorsport spent 100 days putting the Polo R WRC through its paces in nine different countries, to get it ready for its debut rally season. The result? The Polo R WRC has won 140 out of 237 special stages, which equates to 59 per cent of all the special stages completed so far. In the process, it has handled a difference in temperature of 44 degrees between the coldest rally (Monte Carlo) and the hottest (Italy).
And so far, 65 litres of screenwash per Polo R WRC have been used to make sure that driver and co-driver have a clear view. Volkswagen Motorsport has also clocked up an above-average level of tyre usage, having got through 740 tyres so far. And as far as consumption goes, during each rally an average of 1,000 cups of coffee, 160 kilograms of meat and 75 kilograms of salad are served in Volkswagen Motorsport's hospitality area to the Volkswagen team, journalists and other guests.