The Škoda Fabia Super 2000 prototype is going to make its first appearance as a forerunner at this year's Barum Rally Zlín. As part of the testing process, the participation in the said event is another step on the vehicle's way to homologation scheduled for late this year.
“We see the possibility of testing the behaviour of the vehicle and its components in a real competition and speed tests as a valuable experience. The results and findings of the tests should move us ahead towards successful homologation and subsequent participation in both local and international competitions,” says Head of Škoda Motosport Michal Hrabánek. “Besides cooperating with our importers, we are also planning to offer the vehicle to private teams,” adds Hrabánek.
The tests of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000 were officially launched this year in February. The test team did about five thousand kilometres over more than six months, developing and testing altogether three prototypes. The test drivers included leading Czech racer Jan Kopecký, the Austrian rally champion Raimund Baumschlager and Sebastian Lindholm, the ex-champion from Finland. At the latest stages of the process, the test team also made use of the experience of Carlos Sainz, two times world champion and an icon of rally.
Key technical parameters of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000:
Length 3,992 mm, width 1,798 mm, wheelbase 2,486 mm
Weight 1,150 kg (tarmac), 1,200 kg (fine gravel)
Engine: atmospheric petrol engine, four cylinders, 16 valves, displacement 1,998 ccm, aluminium block and cylinder head, four-wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed sequential - X-trac
Clutch: AP Racing – 184 mm
Shock absorbers: Reiger Racing system
Brakes: Brembo, front disk diameter 355 mm, rear disk diameter 300 mm (tarmac); gravel - 300 mm both front and rear
Wheels: OZ wheel rims with BF Goodrich 18´´ (tarmac) and 15´´ (gravel) tires
Electronics: Magneti Marelli
Source text: Škoda Auto a. s.
Photo: Škoda Auto a. s.