Škoda Fabia RS Rally2

Škoda Motorsport is the successor to the Fabia Rally2 evo. The new rally model from Mlada Boleslav is based on the fourth generation Fabia and builds on the most successful Rally2 vehicle in recent years.

Škoda Motorsport has developed a new engine for the Fabia RS Rally2, improved handling, drive and electronics, as well as safety features for the driver and front passenger. The new Fabia RS Rally2 has demonstrated its capabilities in a demanding series of tests on asphalt, gravel and ice, as well as in a wide range of weather conditions and is ideally equipped to win victories and titles in the future.

Michal Hrabanek, Director of Škoda Motorsport, says: “Staying calm means going backwards, and this is especially true in motorsport. That is why we have applied the experience we gained from the previous model in the development of the new Fabia RS Rally2 and optimized every detail. The goal was to improve the most successful rally car in the world. I am proud of the entire Škoda Motorsport team, which has pursued this goal with great dedication. "

The all-new Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 benefits from best-in-class aerodynamics and an extremely solid production body. Compared to the successful previous model, the Škoda Motorsport team has optimized the powertrain in particular, as well as electronics, safety and control. Engineers have also developed a new 1.6-liter turbo engine based on the 2.0 TSI from the EA888 series of engines, which is used in RS models, among others.

Škoda's new motorsport color emphasizes close ties with the RS RS sports models (Octavia vRS and Enyaq Coupe iV vRS).

Škoda Motorsport has installed a number of components optimized for rally use in the new Fabia RS Rally2. A special braking system and a precisely balanced chassis deliver valuable tenths of a second on the track. The protective cage, which consists of 35.8 meters of steel pipes and a specially protected fuel tank, provides a high level of safety. In addition, the electronics and controls meet the exact requirements of the driver and front passenger during the rally.

Some of the components used in rally vehicles differ significantly from those in production vehicles. Instead of having up to nine airbags and numerous electronic assistance systems such as those found in the production Fabia, the new Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 relies exclusively on mechanics in many respects.

In a rally car, the braking system can save valuable tenths of a second in a battle with the watch. In sudden braking maneuvers, the brake discs easily reach temperatures above 700 degrees Celsius. To ensure efficient cooling at all times, the brake discs in the Fabia RS Rally2 are internally ventilated, and an optimized brake cooling system is also available for gravel and asphalt phases. Asphalt brake discs have a diameter of 355 millimeters at the front and 300 millimeters at the rear, which requires 18-inch (8 × 18) wheels. Gravel brakes measure 300 millimeters both front and rear. In this case, 15-inch (7 × 15) wheels are used.

The Fabia RS Rally2 chassis is also designed to meet the demands of the rally. Longer wheelbase has also spurred the development of new suspension kinematics. In addition to the design of the differential, the characteristics of the gearbox and the durability of the various components have also been optimized.

The larger main screen of the Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 allows intuitive handling during the rally. The interior also has a new central control panel with a touch screen and integrated intercom. The driver can directly access a number of functions via buttons on the steering wheel, and the engine start button is also integrated into the steering wheel, where it can be accessed quickly if, for example, the engine shuts off after turning.

The chassis, based on the current generation of the Škoda Fabia production model, has enabled engineers to further optimize the driving characteristics of rally cars. The Fabia RS Rally2 benefits from the longer wheelbase of the fourth-generation Fabia, making the car quieter while ensuring a more stable rear end. Compared to the Škoda Fabia Rally2, the fuel tank has been modified, and additional space in the engine compartment has been used for a larger intercooler.

Škoda Motorsport has developed a new engine for the Fabia RS Rally2 and further optimized the proven powertrain. The 1.6-liter turbo engine is based on the 2.0 TSI from the EA888 series of engines with a power output of about 214 kW / 289 hp. Maximum torque of 430 Nm is distributed to all four wheels via a 5-speed sequential transmission and two differentials.

The sequential 5-speed transmission, specially designed for rally use, allows the driver to change gears in milliseconds using just the gear lever. Although the Fabia RS Rally2 has a mechanical clutch, it is only used for starting, parking or slow driving. For optimal acceleration on narrow, winding rally phases, the Fabia RS Rally2 has a relatively short gear ratio, offering a top speed of around 200 km / h.

this rally vehicle benefits from the aerodynamics of the production model. Škoda Motorsport has developed a highly efficient aerodynamic package based on Fabia's best drag coefficient in its class. As a result, the new Fabia RS Rally2 generates almost twice the thrust of its predecessor.

The new Fabia RS Rally2 rally model translates the design language of the fourth generation Fabia into the world of motorsport. In addition to the longer roof spoiler with side ribs, the rally model also has flat headlights with sharp contours of the production vehicle that extend all the way to the large, hexagonal Škoda grille. The headlights and taillights set the visual accents with LED technology. The Rally Fabia also differs from its production counterpart by its significantly wider front and rear wings and numerous air vents on the bodywork.

Engineers at Škoda Motorsport have introduced a number of measures to further protect the driver and front passenger in the Fabia RS Rally2 in the event of a collision. One of the priorities is safety in the event of a side impact, and comprehensive accident analyzes have provided important information on this issue.

Measures and equipment for the protection of passengers in a rally vehicle differ significantly from those in the production model. Airbags installed in the fourth generation of the production Fabia cannot be used in rally because sensors and electronic control systems react too sensitively to large G-forces during asphalt phases, on macadam tracks or during jumps. The security concept therefore relies on mechanical solutions such as a cage and side protection from carbon fiber and energy-absorbing foam. Six-point seat belts and racing seats with integrated head protection are also considered.