How did the experienced pros like driving the new all-electric car? For Andreas Mikkelsen, the ride in the FABIA RE-X1 was an entirely positive experience. “It’s fast! The powertrain gives the car a huge power output and great driving qualities. I like its power and acceleration without gear changes. Sure, you can feel the bit of extra weight when you’re driving, but overall I was very pleasantly surprised,” confided Mikkelsen.
The FABIA RE-X1 electric rally car built with support from ŠKODA and based on the ŠKODA FABIA Rally 2 evo
The FABIA RE-X1 is the creation of Austrian company Kreisel Electric who, with the Czech carmaker’s support, based it on the ŠKODA FABIA Rally 2 evo. The car delivers a total power output of 500 kW (670 horsepower) and 880 Nm of torque. Needless to say, it has all-wheel drive. It weighs in at 1,300 kilos. And the specially modified battery gives it a range of 135 kilometres, which is enough for races.
From the left: Andreas Mikkelsen, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Jan Kopecký
“Fantastic experience. I really enjoyed driving all three cars on the snow. They are all fun, and each one has technical and performance specifications that are cutting-edge for their time. The 130 RS is a beautiful car from the old days and the FABIA RE-X1 is a modern electric car, so it was very diverse. If you asked me which my favourite is, I wouldn’t be able to tell you,” enthuses legend Hans-Joachim Stuck.