SKODA FABIA SUPER 2000 (2008): Successful motorsport comeback for the works team
After the ŠKODA Motorsport factory team had withdrawn from the highest class of international rallying, the WRC, it was clear that the rally models from Mladá Boleslav were fully competitive in categories for production-based cars.
Nevertheless, the ŠKODA FABIA S2000 also had the ideal set-up to compete on the international rally tracks; it had a lower weight and an output of 280 hp – just twenty horsepower less than its successful predecessor.
ŠKODA Motorsport pursued two goals through the IRC project: from a sporting perspective, they wanted to take part in selected IRC rallies, while at the same time promoting customer racing by selling the FABIA S2000 to private teams.
ŠKODA Motorsport debuted the new race car at the 2009 Monte Carlo Rally. The FABIA S2000 caused a stir on the international rally scene straight off the bat with strong results and major successes, including Juho Hänninen and Mikko Markkula’s victory at the Rally Russia in July. Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý’s two wins at the Barum Rally and the Rally Costa Brava also have a firm place in ŠKODA Motorsport’s history. In 2010, ŠKODA won the IRC Series and Juho Hänninen took the drivers’ championship ahead of Jan Kopecký. The ŠKODA FABIA S2000’s extremely successful career culminated in Jan Kopecký and Dresler’s victory in the 2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.
Dec 09, 2021 at 08:52