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150408 Milestone for ŠKODA – International Automobile Federation FIA gives green light to new Fabia R 5

150408 Milestone for ŠKODA - International Automobile Federation FIA gives green light to new Fabia R 5

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Milestone for ŠKODA:
International Automobile Federation FIA
gives green light to new Fabia R 5

› International Automobile Federation FIA homologates ŠKODA’s new rally car
› Welsch: “Now we can prove just how good our new rally car is”
› Successful Fabia production model forms basis for new rally car

Mladá Boleslav, 8 April 2015 – Milestone for ŠKODA: the highest authority in
motorsport, the International Automobile Federation FIA, has given the new
ŠKODA Fabia R 5 the green light. Following its successful homologation, the
new rally car can now continue the Czech automobile manufacturer’s 114-year
motorsport success story on the rally routes of this world. The Fabia R 5 is
based on ŠKODA’s new production Fabia and is the successor to the Fabia Super
2000, which went down in history as the most successful rally car in the history
of ŠKODA Motorsport.

“We are delighted that the International Automobile Federation FIA has given us the
green light. Now we can prove just how good our new rally car is in the race series,” said
ŠKODA Board Member for Development Dr. Frank Welsch. “When working on the third
generation production Fabia, which enjoyed an extremely successful start, we
incorporated some of the genes from our rally cars and developed the most emotional
Fabia ever. Conversely, the production model now formed the basis for the new
Fabia R 5.”

ŠKODA’s new rally car is pure high-tech. In compliance with FIA regulations, the ŠKODA
Fabia R 5 is equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine. That is a considerable change from
the two-litre induction engine in the Fabia Super 2000. Furthermore, the new four-wheel
drive car also features a five-speed sequential gearbox and McPherson struts. The weight
of the car is at least 1,230 kilograms, as stipulated in the regulations. Since the start of
the project, ŠKODA Motorsport has invested 15 months of intense development work to
fine-tune the car and ensure that the ultra-modern components interact perfectly.

The homologation process is a long and complex procedure, which requires close
cooperation with the International Automobile Federation FIA and is made up of several
parts. In recent months, the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 has been subjected to a
comprehensive approval process, which has now ended successfully with the approval
from the FIA. “We are happy that we now have the homologation from the International
Automobile Federation FIA under our belt,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal
Hrabánek. “The development of our new rally hope was a tiring process and a major
challenge for the entire team at ŠKODA Motorsport, to whom I would like to say a big
thank you.”

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Top drivers such as Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecký (CZ), European champion
Esapekka Lappi (FIN), rally legend “Fast” Freddy Loix (B) and multiple Austrian champion
Raimund Baumschlager (AT) provided valuable input during the development of the new
rally car. In the run up to the homologation, about 10,000 kilometres of testing were
completed on a wide range of roads and conditions, including in the Czech Republic,
Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Finland. Whether in icy cold or bright
sunshine, on asphalt, gravel or snow – the ŠKODA Fabia R 5 successfully passed every
test.

There is already great interest in the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 from customer teams. After
all, the successor – the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 – was a guarantee of titles. In the 2014
rally season, ŠKODA completed a hat-trick of titles in the Drivers’ and Manufacturer
championships in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), while the champion in
the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) was a ŠKODA works driver for the third time
in a row. The list of success achieved last year also includes five national titles. With a
total of almost 50 international and national titles in six years, the ŠKODA Fabia Super
2000, which made its first appearance in 2009, is the most successful project in the
company’s 114-year motorsport history.

ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek: “With the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5, we want
to follow on from the success we have enjoyed in recent years with speed and reliability
on the rally routes of this world. Following the successful homologation, we can now
initiate the next phase of the Fabia R 5 project.”

For more information:
Karel Pokorný, Communications Motorsport
Ph. +420 604 292 191
Karel.Pokorny1@skoda-auto.cz
http://www.skoda-auto.com/en/motorsport

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Milestone for ŠKODA
The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 is set to add the next
chapter to ŠKODA Motorsport’s success story.

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Milestone for ŠKODA
The International Automobile Federation has given
ŠKODA’s new rally car the green light.

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Milestone for ŠKODA
The four-wheel drive ŠKODA Fabia R 5 was
developed completely from scratch and is based on
the new Fabia production model.

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ŠKODA Motorsport Overview
ŠKODA has been involved in the world of motorsport since 1901. The brand has taken
home many trophies from the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), FIA European Rally
Championship (ERC), FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and several famous
races, such as the oldest rally in the world – the Monte Carlo, which has taken place
annually since 1911.

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The Fabia Super 2000 rally car is the most successful model in ŠKODA’s 114-year history
in motorsport. In 2014, ŠKODA won a hat-trick of titles in the Manufacturers’ and
Drivers’ competitions in the APRC. The new reigning champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel
Dresler (CZ/CZ) achieved the momentous feat of becoming the first duo in history to win
the Drivers’ title in the ERC and then the APRC in consecutive years.

In the ERC, ŠKODA Motorsport took the title for the third time in a row in 2014, thanks
to Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. Before
Lappi, the Finn Juho Hänninen (2012) and Jan Kopecký (2013) had won the European
title with the ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.

Between 2009 and 2014, ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 drivers won a total of 28 national
titles worldwide.

As of 2015, the ŠKODA Fabia R 5 will be taking over the reins from the Super 2000 and
continuing ŠKODA’s success story in motorsport. A global audience was given a first
glimpse of ŠKODA’s future rally car with the R 5 concept car at the 2014 Essen Motor
Show.

ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
cars.
› currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and
Superb.
› in 2014 delivered more than one million vehicles to customers around the world for the first time in a
single year.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful
automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and
develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic. It also manufactures in China, Russia, Slovakia and
India, mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.