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150216 ŠKODA Fabia R 5 – Development of the new rally car on schedule

150216 ŠKODA Fabia R 5 - Development of the new rally car on schedule

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ŠKODA Fabia R 5: Development of the
new rally car on schedule

› Asia-Pacific champion Kopecký and European champion Lappi test in Italy and
the Czech Republic
› Kopecký: “We are definitely on the right track”
› Fabia R 5 charged with continuing the company’s 114-year motorsport history

Mladá Boleslav, 16 February 2014 – The development of ŠKODA’s eagerly
awaited new rally car is going to plan. Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecký (CZ)
and European champion Esapekka Lappi (FIN) put the Fabia R 5 through its
paces on a wide range of surfaces and weather conditions during a series of
comprehensive tests last week. As the successor to the successful Fabia Super
2000, the R 5 is charged with writing the next chapter in the company’s 114-
year motorsport success story.

“We tested the new Fabia R 5 on asphalt and recently on gravel. The new car feels very
good on all the surfaces. We are definitely on the right track,” said a happy Kopecký. The
experienced 33-year-old took turns with Esapekka Lappi in Italy at the end of January.
Finland’s European champion was also impressed with his outings in ŠKODA’s new rally
car, which was still sporting its camouflaged ‘zebra’ look: “I think the Fabia R 5 will
continue the success story of ŠKODA in motorsport.”

The tests with the Fabia R 5 will continue throughout Europe in the next weeks. Veteran
rally driver Freddy Loix (B) and Austria’s multiple champion Raimund Baumschlager are
also among the team of drivers giving important input throughout the development of
the new car. Customer rally teams are not the only ones showing huge interest in the
Fabia R 5, which is being developed based on the new production model of the Fabia. The
world premiere of the concept car also caused quite a stir among the public at the Essen
Motor Show at the end of November.

The Fabia R 5 features the very latest technology. The new racing car will be equipped
with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, in accordance with FIA regulations. This is a big change
compared to the two-litre, petrol induction engine in the Fabia Super 2000. The new car
is also fitted with a five-speed sequential gearbox and McPherson struts. The weight will
be at least 1,230 kilograms, as stipulated in the regulations. The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5
will make its race debut once it has successfully been homologated by the International
Automobile Federation FIA. ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek: “We want to
have the new Fabia R 5 approved by mid-2015 and are right on schedule to achieve
this.”

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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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ŠKODA Fabia R 5: Development of the new rally
car on schedule
Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecký (CZ) and co-
driver Pavel Dresler (CZ) tested the new Fabia R 5 in
Italy recently.

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ŠKODA Fabia R 5: Development of the new rally
car on schedule
European champions Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm
(FIN/FIN) are also impressed by the progress made
in the development of ŠKODA’s new rally car.

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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.

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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: 11.5.2016