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150313 New kid on the block – Customer rally scene awaits the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 excitedly

150313 New kid on the block - Customer rally scene awaits the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 excitedly

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New kid on the block: Customer rally scene
awaits the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 excitedly

› ŠKODA Motorsport continues its customer racing programme
› Customers already showing great interest in the new Fabia R 5 rally car
› Michal Hrabánek: “Fabia R 5 will follow on from the success of the Fabia Super 2000”
› Customers receive not only an ultra-modern rally car, but also support from
the ŠKODA Motorsport team

Mladá Boleslav, 13 March 2015 – Following its success with the Fabia Super
2000, the ŠKODA Motorsport customer racing programme is now set to continue
with the new Fabia R 5. The rally world is already showing huge interest in the
Czech automobile manufacturer’s new rally car, and there is already a long
waiting list for the high-tech, four-wheel drive Fabia R 5 with its new turbo
engine.

“The Fabia Super 2000 has been an important figurehead for our brand in recent years.
The success of this car is emphatic proof of the technical expertise and passion that the
entire ŠKODA team shows for motorsport. We will follow on from this with the R 5,” said
ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek. “And it would appear that a lot of private
motorsport teams are also confident of this. We already have a long list of potential
customers.”

The Fabia Super 2000 has shown that money is well invested in a ŠKODA rally car. Over
60 of the car, which is now the most successful model in the 114-year success story of
ŠKODA Motorsport, were sold in six years as part of the customer racing programme, to
customers ranging from Australia to Paraguay. Almost 50 international and national titles
have been won with the Fabia Super 2000. A full five of these were claimed by
experienced rally driver Raimund Baumschlager in his native Austria. As with the Fabia
Super 2000, Baumschlager is now a member of the ŠKODA team developing and testing
the new Fabia R 5.

“The Fabia Super 2000 has been the best car in its class, and I believe that the Fabia R
5 will be the same in the future,” said Baumschlager. “I have tested it on snow, asphalt
and gravel – and it has made an excellent impression on every surface.”

As well as a competitive car, customers purchasing the brand-new Fabia R 5 also receive
technical support from the ŠKODA Motorsport team. “This way, both sides can share their
know-how and benefit from each other in the long-term,” said Hrabánek. The head of
motorsport at ŠKODA is assuming that the Fabia R 5, which was developed based on the
production model of the Fabia, will be homologated by the International Automobile
Federation FIA. Once it has been successfully approved, the process of delivering the
cars to customers will begin.

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They will receive a spectacular racing car with four-wheel drive, powered by a 1.6-litre
turbo engine in accordance with FIA regulations. Besides modifications to the design of
the chassis, this is the largest technical change compared to the two-litre induction
engine in the Fabia Super 2000. The new car also features a five-speed sequential
gearbox and McPherson struts. The weight is at least 1,230 kilograms, as specified in the
regulations. Baumschlager: “The Fabia R 5 is even more accurate to drive, and its turbo
engine means gives you a mighty amount of torque.”

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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Customer rally scene awaits the new ŠKODA
Fabia R 5 excitedly
“Fast” Freddy Loix (B) and co-driver Johan Gitsels
(B) won their home round of the European Rally
Championship (ERC) in Belgium with their ŠKODA
last year.

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Customer rally scene awaits the new ŠKODA
Fabia R 5 excitedly
Multiple winner of the Austrian rally championship,
Raimund Baumschlager (A), is an avid customer of
ŠKODA Motorsport and part of the test team
developing the new Fabia R 5.

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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.

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 25,800 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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Published: 16.5.2016