SKODA Sport (1949): The long-distance runner from the other side of the Iron Curtain
ŠKODA Sport based on the ŠKODA 1101 ‘Tudor’ Czechoslovakia also wanted to face the international competition with a locally built vehicle so that the durability of series-produced parts could be tested and ŠKODA vehicles could be promoted abroad. The racing car had a weight-optimised chassis from the ŠKODA 1101. Mostly standard parts from the ‘Tudor’ were used to construct the ŠKODA Sport, including the 12-volt onboard electrical system from the PAL company and Barum tyres. One of these racing cars was to compete in the class up to 1500 cm3 and delivered 56 hp with an extra Roots supercharger, while the car intended for the class up to 1100 cm3 had 42 hp without a supercharger.
Jaroslav Netušil drove to victory in the class up to 1100 cm3 in the car without a supercharger, while Václav Bobek took second place in the class up to 1500 cm3 in the ŠKODA Sport with a supercharger.
For the competition at Le Mans, it was decided to use the vehicle without a supercharger and to further optimise the ŠKODA Sport. The car, now painted in the national colours, was also fitted with a windscreen in front of the passenger seat and drove on Michelin tyres for its race at the Sarthe. With a full tank of fuel and tools and spare parts, which were the only ones allowed for essential repairs during the race, the car weighed in at just 700 kilograms. With the racing fuel common at the time – a mixture of petrol, ethanol and acetone – the ŠKODA Sport reached a top speed of 140 km/h with a consumption of just 12 litres per 100 km.
Jun 30, 2021 at 22:39