Is this the best Rally video or what. One of the best WRC cars of all time – Volkswagen Polo R WRC is trying to lose the massive Kamaz Dakar Truck and the scenes captured on the Rally Finland seem unreal. Just think that you are in a tiny car and behind is a massive 40-ton truck which can crush you in a matter of seconds.
2015 Dakar Rally winner Ayrat Mardeev is behind the wheel of the truck, while behind the wheel of the most successful rally car of all time is Jari-Matti Latvala.
“When you accelerate in the car, the power goes down so quickly that it takes some time for the truck to catch up. But the funny thing is that under braking when the truck is coming a bit closer, you really feel like you want to run away. You don’t want it to touch you,” Latvala said.
Ok, the car is super fast, but seeing that truck losing ground proves that it has some serious power as well. Actually, it is powered by a massive 16.5-liter engine developing 1,000hp. Plus, the truck has a longer gearing meaning that the short shifting Polo WRC R runs out of gears on the straights when the truck starts to catch up.
Mardeev noted, “This really is a huge, massive machine and when you sit behind the wheel of such a powerful truck, it’s an incomparable feeling: you feel the full power of the truck as soon as you start the engine, while all the vibration is transferred to your hands and your body.”
Enjoy every second of it and thank Red Bull for organizing this.