No matter whether on snow or ice in Sweden, on dusty or muddy courses in Argentina, on sand in Australia or jumping over peaks in Finland: ŠKODA is on the path to the championship title in the current World Rally Championship (WRC) series’ WRC2 class with three works crews.
Czech drivers Jan Kopecký and his co-driver Pavel Dresler, Finns Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm and Swedish pair Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson all driving the 279 PS (205 kW) ŠKODA Fabia R5 are this season defying the most extreme road conditions five continents can throw at them this season. Of course, the all-wheel drive of the ŠKODA Fabia R5, which weighs only 1,230 kilograms, provides the perfect grip. “The challenge at WRC races is that our vehicles have to show the best technical ability at temperatures between -20 and +40 degrees Celsius. The same applies on asphalt, ice and snow, and gravel. In other words, everything has to work, and that means being better than the competition,” says Michal Hrábanek, Head of ŠKODA Motorsport. “That requires engineering artistry, which will ultimately benefit the end customer.”
This year’s World Rally Championship, or WRC, is being staged over five continents: Europe, North America (Mexico), South America (Argentina), Asia (China) and Australia.