Official: Skoda to develop Fabia R5 for 2015

Skoda: Entering the R5 class is a logical step. As it stands, we are assuming that the new car will be homologated by mid-2015
Skoda has announced it will begin work on the Fabia R5 next year, the successor to the Fabia S2000.

The Czech manufacturer currently plans to give the Fabia R5 its competitive debut in mid-2015.

“Through the many international successes it has enjoyed, the current Fabia Super 2000 has been demonstrating our technical prowess for years. The challenge is now to follow on from this success. That is why we are working flat out to develop a new racing car, based on the Skoda Fabia, for the R5 category,” explained Dr. Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management for technical development at Skoda.

Michal Hrabanek, Skoda's motorsport director added: “Entering the R5 class is a logical step for Skoda.

“The new [Fabia] R5 rally car will be equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo engine, in accordance with FIA regulations. That is a big change compared to today's naturally-aspirated, two-litre petrol engines.

“As it stands, we are assuming that the new car will be homologated by mid-2015.”

In the meantime, Skoda will continue to compete with the Fabia S2000, with Esapekka Lappi tackling selected events in the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship. Sepp Wiegand will also run in the ERC under the 'Skoda Auto Deutschland' banner.

Jan Kopecky, who won the ERC title this season, will not defend his crown and will instead turn his attentions to the 2014 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.

Kopecky and Lappi, as well as Freddy Loix, are all expected - maxrally.com reports - to help with the development of the Fabia R5 during 2015.

Tagged as: Skoda , Kopecky , Hrabanek , S2000 , Fabia , Wiegand , R5 , Lappi , Welsch

Related Pictures

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Jan Kopecky. Skoda Fabia Super 2000. Croatia Rally [Pic credit: ERC]
Jan Kopecky. Skoda Fabia Super 2000. Croatia Rally [Pic credit: ERC]
Skoda`s Jan Kopecky in action on day 3 of the Rallye Açores. Saturday April 27. (Picture Credit; FIA ERC)
Freddy Loix /Frédéric Miclotte. Skoda Fabia 2000. Geko Ypres Rally [Pic credit: ERC]

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December 09, 2013 11:20 AM

This is exactly like when Mitsubishi announced they were finally going to develop a WRC Car two years after everyone else had already switched from GpA to WRC and gained an advantage from the new Rules, the Group A Lancer Evo 6 was so good that they didnt rush to develop a WRC Car and by the time they had it was already too late, the competition had stolen the march on them Skoda should have developed an R5 Car by now, they are easily the Manufacturer with the best S2000 Car and that is their only thing, with no WRC Car they should of made it their priority to be first to Launch their all new R5 Car, now they will spend all 2014 developing the new car while the likes of Ford, Peugeot and Citroen have it away Oh well, as the saying goes Better Late than Never !

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