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150225 The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 excites experienced rally driver Jan Kopecký

150225 The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 excites experienced rally driver Jan Kopecký

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The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 excites
experienced rally driver Jan Kopecký

› ŠKODA presses ahead with the development of the Fabia R 5
› Works driver Kopecký to test the car throughout Europe in coming weeks
› Kopecký: “We will produce another top-class rally car”

Mladá Boleslav, 25 February 2015 – Even experienced rally driver Jan Kopecký
(CZ) is excited about the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5. After his historic double in the
FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) and the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally
Championship (APRC), assisting with the development of the new rally car is a
new challenge for the 33-year-old from the Czech Republic. SKODA works driver
Kopecký and his co-driver Pavel Dresler (CZ) are important members of ŠKODA
Motorsport’s test team.

“At ŠKODA, a lot of engineers from a wide range of different countries are working
perfectly together in a very good team. I am confident that our guys will produce another
top-class rally car. My experience of the new Fabia R 5 is definitely very positive so far,”
said Kopecký. The Czech driver spent the period around his 33rd birthday on 28th January
testing ŠKODA’s latest rally hopeful on various different surfaces. More tests at the wheel
of the new Fabia R 5 are planned throughout Europe for the coming days and weeks.

In compliance with FIA regulations, the new racing car is equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo
engine. Kopecký is impressed by the four-wheel drive car’s powerful acceleration: “It is
great fun to drive this completely new car, with its powerful turbo engine. You obviously
have to adapt your driving style, because it is quite a switch from the two-litre induction
engine in the Fabia Super 2000.” The Fabia Super 2000 is the most successful rally car in
ŠKODA’s 114-year motorsport history and has helped Kopecký to his historic triumphs.

Kopecký backed up his European title in 2013 by winning the continental championship in
the Asia-Pacific region the following year. “Those were two fantastic years. The highlight
was undoubtedly 2014, when we were able to gain valuable experience on gravel
between Australia and China.” Competing in the key ŠKODA market of China,
Kopecký/Dresler improved the Czech car manufacturer’s flawless record to six wins from
six rallies and completed a hat-trick of titles for ŠKODA in the process.

Jan Kopecký’s plans for the first half of this year focus on developing the new Fabia R 5.
The rally car, which is based on the new production model of the Fabia, is already
generating a huge amount of interest from customers. The homologation of the ŠKODA
Fabia R 5 by the International Automobile Federation FIA is planned for mid-2015.
Kopecký, who made his debut for the ŠKODA Motorsport team over a decade ago, is
already looking forward to the new, homologated car: “The new Fabia R 5 has everything
it needs to continue the success story of ŠKODA in motorsport.”

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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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The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 excites experienced
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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

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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.