Red Bull on the Polos

The 2013 Volkswagen livery

The 2013 Volkswagen livery

It’s been a busy day on the gilded streets of Monaco for Volkswagen, revealing its WRC-themed Polo road car at the start of the day, taking a little breather and then revealing its Polo R WRC car and driving squad for the German giant’s inaugural championship campaign in 2013.

The livery is VW’s ‘R’ scheme that has been seen on Golfs competing in the Nürburgring in recent years, twinned with sponsorship from  Castrol Edge and, rather more prominently, Red Bull.

The driving squad was also present and correct, with Andreas Mikkelsen standing shoulder to shoulder with Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala. The Norwegian will join his two front-line colleagues from Portugal onwards.

Jost Captio, the man handed the job of managing the €100 million Volkswagen campaign, said: “Everybody in the team is extremely excited and now it really kicks off after two years of development. We now want to see where we stand compared to the others but the drivers can’t wait to get into the car at the first rally.”

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