- Future rally car begins testing and is based on the all-new SKODA Fabia road car
- Extensive test program officially underway as team heads to tarmac and gravel stages
- Championship winning rally car from SKODA prepares for next stage of success during the company’s 120th year in motorsport
SKODA Motorsport is busy developing a rally version of the all-new SKODA Fabia, with a first prototype of the future model in Rally2 specification testing on tarmac and gravel roads across Europe.
Following the launch of the all-new fourth-generation SKODA Fabia, comes the latest version of the rally model. SKODA Motorsport has already started testing the future Rally2 version of the SKODA Fabia with the first prototype already in action on gravel and tarmac stages in the Czech Republic, France and Spain recently.
“The all-new SKODA Fabia for the Rally2 category has entered the development and testing stage. Fortunately, our technicians can build on comprehensive know-how and expertise of the ongoing SKODA Fabia Rally2 evo project, which still is very successful worldwide,” comments Michal Hrabánek, Head of SKODA Motorsport.
Since April 2015, the SKODA Fabia has amassed more rally trophies than any other car in its category. Starting with the so-called R5 version, which has later been renamed Rally2, it has gone on to take nine titles in support categories to the FIA World Rally Championship, numerous regional and national championships, nearly 1,400 overall and class victories as well as close to 3,300 podium positions worldwide. SKODA Motorsport has already sold more than 400 units of the R5, Rally2 and Rally2 evo variants.
According to the Rally2 regulations of the FIA, the next generation Rally2 version of the SKODA Fabia is again powered by a 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine connected to a five-speed sequential gearbox and four-wheel drive with mechanical differentials.