› Following the ŠKODA POPULAR’s success at the legendary MONTE CARLO Rally, the first MONTE CARLO models were produced in 1936
› ‘Monte’ 1-2 finishes in 1977 with the ŠKODA 130 RS and the ŠKODA FABIA R5 in 2017
› First motorsport milestones on two and four wheels date as far back as 1901 and 1908
Mladá Boleslav / Frankfurt, 9 September 2019 – MONTE CARLO: a name of exceeding importance to ŠKODA. Traditionally, sporty and lifestyle-oriented top-of-the-range variants of some ŠKODA model lines are given a particularly dynamic design and have MONTE CARLO added to their name. These models commemorate the many great successes celebrated by the Czech brand at the legendary MONTE CARLO Rally. Highlights include the ŠKODA 130 RS’s 1 2 class finish in 1977, and the ŠKODA FABIA R5’s recreation of this feat in the WRC2 category precisely 40 years later in 2017. The Czech brand set its first motorsport milestones back in the early 20th century.
Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, the company’s founding fathers, recognised motorsport as the perfect field to test their vehicles and to make a name for the still young company at an early stage. At the brand’s first ever race, the long-distance race from Paris to Berlin, Narcis Podsedníček was first to cross the finish line in the German metropolis, riding an L&K single-cylinder motorcycle designed by Laurin and Klement. The brand commenced production of automobiles in 1905 and achieved its first victories at hill-climb and endurance races. Then, in 1908, the 95-PS four-cylinder Laurin & Klement FCS set a world speed record in its class of 118.72 km/h at the newly designed Brooklands race track in England – the world’s first permanent race track.