SKODA OCTAVIA WRC (1999): Entering the highest class of international rallying
Following the great successes of the ŠKODA FAVORIT in the World Cup for vehicles with one driven axle, naturally aspirated engine and displacement of less than two litres (the so-called F2 class) and the numerous victories of the ŠKODA FELICIA Kit Car, the ŠKODA Motorsport works team sought to demonstrate its skills in the highest class of international rallying.
The International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) decision to open the WRC (World Rally Car) category in 1997 came at just the right time for ŠKODA, who had launched the first generation of the modern ŠKODA OCTAVIA the year before.
The only experience of modifying the new compact model had been from developing the ŠKODA OCTAVIA KIT CAR with front-wheel drive. In combination with all-wheel drive, this made the OCTAVIA WRC the most dynamic racing car up to that point in ŠKODA’s motorsport history.
Nov 26, 2021 at 06:29