Every Volkswagen Polo should have a Yamaha Superbike engine
The Volkswagen Polo was designed to provide reasonable fuel economy for highway commuters who commute to work at the same time each morning. It’s an engineer’s car. When Volkswagen produced them, they were intended for boring everyday Germans to drive home for a lively evening of position of gewürztraminer and missionary. It was a good little automobile, but it was never designed for anything like this. Now it’s a roaring zoom machine, ready to shit on your carpet and then punch you in the face.
If you’re not already a fan of motorcycle engines in light cars, just watch this ridiculously fast Volkswagen Polo climb a hill at nearly 12,000 rpm. Patrick Wendolsky’s Mk2 Polo is a wild little pocket rocket powered by the 160 horsepower Yamaha YZF-R1 engine. If you want to go fast in a compact, front-wheel-drive budget machine, just add a liter eater and subtract a lot of weight.
According to the folks at Hillclimb Monsters, this machine has been stripped down to the bare minimum for a weight of just 1212 pounds. Sounds ridiculously light, but consider for a moment that a bone Polo weighed around 1773 factory books. That means Wendolsky removed over 550 pounds of dead weight from this car. Take into account that most of these cars had less than sixty new horsepower and the car’s power-to-weight ratio dropped from around 0.033 hp/lb to 0.132 hp/lb, which is supercar territory. Stellar.
And because this is a racing Volkswagen, this machine still likes to pick up the inside rear wheel in corners in the middle of conversation. This only adds to the charm of the vehicle. It’s both cutesy and gut-wrenching. It seems Sketchy as all hell, and for that reason, I love it. You should too.