“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 Motorsport 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, cubic content 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
Škoda Auto uses state-of-the-art technology for its vehicle development operations, including a virtual reality centre.