That's why I find this thing so bizarre. Whoever is behind Rally the World isn't being particularly subtle about it - and they clearly have a connection to Volkswagen, given that they have access to a reliveried 2016 Polo (which is possibly a 2017 Polo) and a GRC Beetle. But the mainstream media are convinced that any privateer campaign is dead in the water. True, this is a marketing exercise and its purpose is unclear at this point, and it's hard to ignore the likes of Demaison when he says that the Polo won't race, but the mainsteam motorsport media seem intent on avoiding all mention of this. Indeed, David Evans goes out of his way to mention that the Qatar-backed effort is increasingly unlikely, even shoehorning it into articles that are only tangentially related to it.