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150422 Stage set – New ŠKODA Fabia R5 to celebrate world rally debut in the Czech Republic

150422 Stage set - New ŠKODA Fabia R5 to celebrate world rally debut in the Czech Republic

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Stage set: New ŠKODA Fabia R5 to celebrate
world rally debut in the Czech Republic

› Debut: Jan Kopecký to drive the new rally car at the opening round of the
Czech Rally Championship
› Hrabánek: “Pleased to be able to test the Fabia R5 at a rally”
› New racing car to see action in the WRC 2, APRC and Czech Rally
Championship this season

Mladá Boleslav, 22 April 2015 – The brand new ŠKODA Fabia R5 will make its
debut on the international rally stage at the home of the manufacturer in the
Czech Republic. Reigning Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecký (CZ) will be at the
wheel of the new racing car at the 50th anniversary of the Rally Šumava Klatovy.
The works team’s green, white and black powerhouse is charged with
continuing ŠKODA’s successful 114-year history on the motorsport scene.

“We are delighted to now be able to test our new ŠKODA Fabia R5 at an actual rally,
following the successful homologation by the International Automobile Federation FIA. It
is obviously particularly symbolic that our first outing will be in the brand’s back yard in
the Czech Republic,” said ŠKODA Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek. The plan for this
year is to test the competitiveness of the new rally car around the world, starting with
the opening race of the Czech Rally Championship (MČR).

ŠKODA Motorsport will field the high-tech four-wheel drive car in the WRC 2 category at
selected rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), as well as in the FIA Asia-
Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). However, the focus is first on the car’s debut in
ŠKODA’s native Czech Republic.

Appropriately, the cockpit will also be occupied by a Czech duo when the car makes its
debut: experienced rally driver and reigning APRC champion Jan Kopecký and his co-
driver Pavel Dresler will take control of the car, which is powered by the new 1.6-litre
turbo engine, at the Rally Šumava Klatovy. “We are obviously very proud to be the ones
to herald the next chapter in ŠKODA’s rallying success story,” said Kopecký, who won the
rally back in 2012. The 50th anniversary of the event features twelve demanding special
stages, consisting of 150.71 kilometres against the clock. Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler
will start all six rounds of the Czech Rally Championship in ŠKODA’s new rally car.

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Czech Rally Championship (MČR)

Event Date
Rally Šumava Klatovy 24.04.–25.04.2015
Rally Český Krumlov 22.05.–23.05.2015
Rally Hustopeče 19.06.–20.06.2015
Rally Bohemia 10.07.–12.07.2015
Barum Czech Rally Zlín 28.08.–30.08.2015
Rally Příbram 02.10.–04.10.2015

Did you know …

… the ŠKODA Fabia R5 was officially presented for the first time on 15th April? Around 50
international journalists slipped into the passenger seat at the test track in Bělá pod
Bezdězem, about 20 km from the ŠKODA headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. The media
experts were put through their paces as Jan Kopecký and Esapekka Lappi took them on a
series of wild rides.

… the engine for the ŠKODA Fabia R5 was developed from scratch? The 1.6-litre turbo
engine is a big change compared to the two-litre naturally-aspirated engine used in the
Fabia Super 2000. The development process took advantage of synergies within the
Volkswagen group – after all, Volkswagen has won the World Rally Championship for the
last two years and once again holds a commanding lead in the series this year.

… the software in the new cars comes from Magneti Marelli? However, it was adapted by
ŠKODA to meet its own requirements.

… there is huge interest in the new rally car among customer teams? Over 100 enquiries
have already been received in Mladá Boleslav, with at least 15 ŠKODA Fabia R5
scheduled to be delivered this year.

The number for the “Rally Šumava Klatovy”: 2012

ŠKODA’s last win at the Rally Šumava Klatovy came back in 2012. Jan Kopecký and co-
driver Pavel Dresler finished at the head of a ŠKODA Motorsport one-two-three in the
Fabia Super 2000. Roman Kresta (CZ) and Jaromir Tarabus (CZ) finished second and

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For more information:
Karel Pokorný, Communications Motorsport
Ph. +420 604 292 191

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ŠKODA Fabia R5 to make its world rally debut
Former European champions and reigning Asia-
Pacific Champions Jan Kopecký (CZ) and Pavel
Dresler (CZ) will be in the cockpit of the new car,
which is powered by a new 1.6-litre turbo engine,
when it makes its competitive debut.

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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.

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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

› 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
› currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and
› 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.

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