New Škoda WRC car to debut in Germany

Škoda is to debut its World Rally Car, the Fabia WRC, earlier than expected on the Rally Deutschland at the end of July. The team originally planned to replace the Octavia with the Fabia towards the last third of the season, but has decided to push ahead with development in competition

New Škoda WRC car to debut in Germany

"The development of this car is not over yet at all but the testing in real rally conditions will generate even greater progress," said Škoda Auto chairman, Vratislav Kulhanek, at the Brno International Motorshow.

"This is a very special day for Škoda Auto and Škoda Motorsport. The new Fabia WRC is a key part of our strategic plan for the next three years. As already confirmed during our initial testing, the car holds a great potential.

"We do not expect miracles immediately but I am sure that within the next three years the team, the Skoda brand and our many enthusiastic fans will benefit from this global project. I wish the Skoda Motorsport Team 'Good luck' for its first start with our new car."

With the first entry of the Fabia WRC in just seven weeks' time, the team schedule is extremely busy. Both Didier Auriol and Toni Gardemeister will focus on the final preparations and will therefore be unable to enter Škoda Motorsport's 'home' round of the European Rally Championship, the Rallye Bohemia. But Gardemeister is looking forward to getting his hands on the new car.

"I am excited about the new car, although we still have a lot of work to do," he said. "For sure, we want as much success as possible for Škoda and it all starts with scoring points on every event."

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