Skoda confirms development of Fabia R5 for 2015 debut

Skoda has announced that the Fabia S2000 – one of the most successful rally cars of the S2000 era – will be succeeded by an all-new model, the Fabia R5. An intense development programme will begin at Skoda Motorsport’s Mlada Boleslav base in early 2014, ahead of a competition debut in 2015.

Confirming the Fabia R5 programme, Michal Michal Hrabánek, Skoda Motorsport Director, said: “The new R5 rally car will be equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, in accordance with FIA regulations. That’s a big change compared to today’s naturally-aspirated, two-litre petrol engines. The R5 category succeeds the previous Super 2000 class. This way, we are able to continue to compete successfully in international championships and to push ahead with our customer programme. Entering the R5 class is a logical step for Skoda. As it stands, we are assuming that the new car will be homologated by mid-2015.” Continue reading “Skoda confirms development of Fabia R5 for 2015 debut”