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FIA gives green light to new Fabia R 5

Milestone for the brand Škoda: World FIA as the supreme authority of motorsport gave the green light to the new Škoda Fabia R 5. A new rally special after successful homologation can continue the successful history of motorsport 114leté this brand on tracks around the world.

Fabia R 5 is based on the new Fabia series and is the successor to the Fabia Super 2000, which came into the history of the Škoda Motorsport as the most successful rally car of all time.

"We are pleased with the approval of the FIA World. Now we can prove the quality of our new special rally during competitions, "says Dr. Frank Welsch, a member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. "When developing our so successfully implemented serial Fabia third generation we took some genes from our competition cars and we have developed the most emotional Fabia all time. Now, instead serial model served as the basis for the new Fabia R 5. '

New special brand Škoda Rally is a top car. According to FIA regulations Fabia R 5 is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter. This is a significant change from the dvoulitrovému atmospheric gasoline engine Fabia Super 2000. In addition, it will have a new car with all-wheel drive sequential five-speed gearbox and a McPherson strut. The weight is as set out in regulations, at least 1,230 kg. The precise setting and optimum interplay of high-tech components invested Škoda Motorsport team since the start of the project 15 months of intensive development work.

The homologation process is a long and complex procedure that requires close cooperation with the World FIA and has several parts. The new Fabia R 5 had in recent months to undergo extensive the pickup process, which has now been successfully completed approval by the FIA.

"We are pleased that we have the approval from the FIA World in your pocket,"
says the director of Škoda Motorsport Michal Hrabánek. "The development of our new hope for the rally featured consuming process and also a great challenge for the whole team, whom I would like to express my great thanks. "

Important findings in the development of new Rally Special contributed top riders such as Asia-Pacific champion Jan Kopecky (CZ), European champion Esapekka Lappi (FIN), rally legend "Fast" Freddy Loix (B) and multiple Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager. Total to homologation traveled about 10,000 kilometers of testing on a variety of surfaces, including the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Finland. Whether for ice cold or sunny weather, asphalt, gravel or snow - Skoda Fabia R 5 passed all tests successfully.

Interest customer teams a new car Fabia R 5 is already great. Not surprisingly, since his predecessor Fabia Super 2000 was a guarantee of title. Last season rally in 2014 won a hat-trick of titles in the driver standings and brands in the Asia-Pacific Championship (APRC), except that in the European FIA Rally Championship (ERC) for the third time won him Škoda factory rider. The list of accomplishments last year, is also five national championship titles. With a total of nearly 50 international and national titles in six years, the Fabia Super 2000, which first started in 2009, the most successful project in the history of motorsport 114leté this company.

Source: tz

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