Skoda shows off new Fabia WRC car

Skoda's new Fabia World Rally Championship challenger has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Fabia RS the car will make its WRC debut in the last quarter of the 2003 season when it replaces the current Octavia WRC

Skoda shows off new Fabia WRC car

To satisfy FIA homologation regulations, 2,500 heavily modified Fabia RS cars are being built for road use.

"The new Skoda Fabia WRC will be the Skoda Motorsport Team's technically most sophisticated contender to date," said Skoda's chairman Vratislav Kulhánek. "It is the latest in a long line of high-performance models that have contributed to the brand's sporting tradition and emphasised Skoda Auto's image of reliability, endurance and technical competence," he said.

"The new car, based on the platform of the brand's current bestseller, is the core element of the strategic plan for the coming years. New strategical partners like Shell or T-Mobile play a vital part as well. I am glad to represent the brand that belongs to the very exclusive club of six global manufacturers active on the most exciting motorsport scene."

The Fabia WRC has been extensively modified in almost all areas within FIA rules. In order to accommodate its wider tyres and larger wheelbase on both axles, the bumpers and wheel arches have been adjusted to reach the maximum admissible width of 1,770 mm, while he floor pan was modified to allow installation of a 4WD system.

The Fabia WRC uses the latest evolution of Skoda's 300bhp, turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine currently used in the Skoda Octavia WRC.

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