› The Czech carmaker can look back on 121 years of motorsport tradition
› Legendary ŠKODA 130 RS takes class victory at the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally
› The ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 and Rally2 evo are among the world’s most successful rally vehicles in their category with over 1,900 victories
› Twelve World Championship titles for ŠKODA Motorsport and its customer teams from 2015 to 2022
Mladá Boleslav, 11 October 2022 – For the past 121 years, ŠKODA has been a force to be reckoned with on racing circuits and rally tracks around the world. Among the legends in the brand’s long history in motorsport is the ŠKODA 130 RS, which celebrated a double victory in its class at the famous 1977 Monte Carlo Rally, establishing the brand’s RS tradition. From 2015 to 2022, the Rally2 and Rally2 evo dominated the WRC2 category in rallying. With over 1,900 victories, twelve world championship victories and numerous other regional and national titles around the globe, they are among the world’s most successful rally cars in their category.
ŠKODA’s motorsport history – like the history of the company itself – began on two wheels, with the Slavia Type B motorbike. In November 1899, four years after founding the company, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement added the first motorbikes to their range alongside bicycles. In June 1901, they completed their first race, the 1,196-kilometre long-distance race from Paris to Berlin, held in three stages. After WWI, the Mladá Boleslav-based brand entered its first racing cars and achieved the first major success in January 1936 when the ŠKODA POPULAR came second in the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in the class up to 1,500 cm³.