Pictures, engine data and aerodynamics

Based on the fourth generation Skoda Fabia, the new racing car is a natural evolution of the Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo: the 1.6-liter turbo engine has been updated with 291 hp and 430 Nm of torque, but the news is also under the aerodynamic point of view

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No more than 450 rally car units are sold by chance: Skoda knows this well, which with the R5 Fabia and Rally2 Evo managed to build what we would know as a quasi-monopoly of the car market, from 2015 to today R5-class cars . Twelve world titles – drivers and manufacturers – and more than 1,700 victories around the world enabled the Czech manufacturer to lay the foundations for a more advanced project, the Skoda Fabia RS Rally2. The latest evolution of the winning machine since its birth, easy to drive – if compared to its direct competitors – is based on the configuration and enviable reliability of a vehicle capable of handling the most insidious asphalt and dirt on the planet. The fourth generation of the Skoda Fabia, offers many innovations compared to the previous race. After a full year of testing in all terrain (asphalt, snow, dirt) and weather conditions (hot, cold, rain), with tests in different regions of the world (Czech Republic, France, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Finland), it finally took off Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 Veil. The official FIA homologation is expected to arrive in August, and racing is scheduled to begin at the end of the summer.

Skoda Fabia RS Rally2: engine

Skoda Motorsport has developed a new engine for the Fabia RS Rally2: the starting point is the 2.0 Tsi used in the RS road models of the Octavia Wagon, but it has apparently been raised to 1.6 liters – again a turbo – through technical regulation. The car guarantees 291 hp of maximum power and 430 Nm of torque, with the traction remaining integrated and the “usual” five-speed sequential gear ratio gearbox reaching around 200 km/h, the speed being more than enough to rally the car. The clutch is only used when starting a park service, when maneuvering, or when traveling very slowly. In particular, the pistons, combustion chambers and the lubrication system of the 4-cylinder with a chain-derived exhaust manifold were modified. The turbo is new, with the flange remaining 32mm in diameter as per FIA regulations.

Skoda Fabia RS Rally2: brakes and safety

To limit all the abundance of the best that can be found today in the Rally2 class, there is a specially designed brake system: discs are 355 mm in size in the front and 300 mm in the rear for racing on asphalt and 300 mm both in the front and rear for racing on dirt and snow, with Internal ventilation as braking system temperatures during special phases can reach 700 degrees. Improvements are also made from a safety standpoint for the crew, with a total of 35.8 meters of Cremo-molybdenum rails to protect the driver and co-pilot from any collisions, impacts and rollovers in the event of off-roading as well as racing seats with head guards and composite side impact panels.

Skoda Fabia RS Rally2: aerodynamics and technology

More massive chassis and longer wheelbase: At first glance, the Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 is noticeably taller and more powerful than the previous racing car, while promising more control at the rear. Compared to the previous model, downforce is almost double, thanks to the recalculated airflows and also to the large rear spoiler. The shock absorbers have increased mobility compared to the Fabia Rally2 Evo, while the 82.5 liter tank (modified to make room for a larger intercooler) is specifically designed to prevent fuel spillage and to accommodate biofuel, in accordance with Fia 2022 regulations. The main screen, which can also display information via video, is designed , to be more convenient and practical during the race. The control panel is equipped with a touch screen and the driver can interact with this device directly via some buttons on the steering wheel, where we find, among other things, the engine start button.



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