Polestar Racing has announced it will delay debuting its turbcharged engine in race conditions ...while SUNRED has elected to take the same path - it will continue with its turbodiesel units while it works on its new turbocharged engines

The SUNREAD SEAT and Volvo squad Polestar Racing have both confirmed that they will not debut their 1.6-litre turbo engines at this weekend’s Race of Italy at Monza.

Both team were hoping to run their new-spec engines at this weekend’s event, but elected to delay the introduction of the new engines until the next round at the Hungaroring at the earliest.

“The first results of the tests are very good in terms of both power and reliability, and our plan is to test it for the first time in the car next week,” SUNRED boss Joan Orus is quoted as saying.

“In the meantime we are working to accomplish all the homologation formalities. Should everything be properly done, we hope to start using the engine from Hungary.”

After testing its 1.6-litre turbo engine last week in Sweden, Polestar team boss Christian Dahl believes more time is needed before it will replace its 2-litre normally aspirated 5-cylinder unit currently housed under the bonnet of the C30 driven by Robert Dahlgren.

“We expect the new engine to mark a significant step forward in terms of performance and therefore we believe it needs some further test sessions before being used in race conditions,” Dahl said.

“A reasonable goal is to make the switch in June.”

While teams using Chevrolet and BMW power are already using their own turbocharged engines, SEAT and Volvo are believed to be giving away as much as 40bhp while continuing to run the older-spec engines.

[Images via FIA WTCC Media]

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