We love hot hatches, they are a lot of fun for not a lot of money, and this VW Polo Mk1 stands as a testimony to that; it has been transformed from just another piece of transportation to the ultimate hot hatch yet to be seen. Created by German tuning firm, Ame Racing, the lightweight hatch (which was in production from 1975-79) has been fitted with a very heavily modified 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine boasting a massive Garrett GT40R turbocharger and a custom water/air intercooler, this combination allows for insane power figures – 1047 and 950Nm (700 lb-ft) of torque to be exact (another video posted after the jump).
In the video, you will see almost perfect launches with very minimal wheelspin, helping out with channeling all that power to the tarmac is a six-speed manual gearbox that is connected to an all-wheel-drive system from an Audi TT.
AME Racing states that the VW Polo dragster goes from 0-100km/h (62mph) in just 2.3 seconds, from 0-200km/h (124mph) in 6.3 seconds and from 0-250km/h (155mph) in only 9.0 seconds while it runs the quarter mile sprint in 9.15 seconds. According to the Germans, the Polo is capable of speeds of around 300km/h or 187mph.