Despite VW ruling out the chance of their all-new 2017 design being passed onto privateers, it has revealed itself to being open to negotiations with teams or drivers showing an interest in renting the current Polo R WRC.
A spokesman for VW Motorsport told Autosport: “We will discuss possibilities for renting the 2016 car next season.
“We can do this a number of ways, with us running the car or a private team running the car. We need to discuss this.”
The idea of renting the title winning car, driven by Sebastian Ogier this season, could prove tempting for drivers thinking about entering the new-for-2017 Privateers’ Cup, though the current edition would stand no chance of winning against next year’s brand new designs.
The decision to offer the 2016 car does represent something of a departure for VW; the company has never run customer programmes in rallying before.
Volkswagen has stated already that it is developing a R5-spec Polo for customer use in WRC2 and national series in 2018.
Whilst this program is ongoing, VW intends to take the homologation process of its 2017 car as far as possible despite there being no indication that it is to compete.
“We want to get this project finished. We are 98% of the way there and we don’t want to stop before the finish line,” the spokesperson said.
“We will go through the homologation documentation and we will complete the process as far as we can.
“The car can’t be totally homologated; you need to be competing with the car to get the stamp from the FIA.”
Skoda have confirmed already that they have no intention of taking over its Volkswagen group sister brand’s work.