ডkoda has completely unveiled the new generation of Fabia Rally2 after a long period of development. Based on the fourth generation of Superman, which debuted last year, the Rally Car comes with a BFI Arrow package, handling and safety improvements, and a new advanced engine. Unfortunately, a homologation is out of the special card so don’t expect any hot hatch variant of the Fabia to compete with the Toyota GR Yaris.
Externally, the new Rally car looks better than any of the previous Fabia – except perhaps the first-generation Fabia WRC. Changes compared to the road-going Fabia include a wide front and rear fender, a deep front bumper with a splitter, a vented bonnet, a roof scoop, a new side skirt, a newly designed rear bumper and a huge rear spoiler. The lights have LED technology while a pair of VRS badges are attached to the black grille and tailgate.
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The hyper green exterior shade is reminiscent of a fully electric Enyaq Coupé iV vRS and looks great with a combination of black wheels and accents. The car pictured has a more eye-catching asphalt configuration with a multispoke 18-inch wheel shaft with wide tires instead of thin studded tires for gravel-spec 15-inch wheels or snow and ice.
Thanks to the massive aero change in the smooth body of the most aerodynamic production model in the Supermini segment, the new Skoda Fabia Rally2 produces almost twice as much downforce as its predecessor. Skoda said it did not include active aerodynamics such as active levers in production models because it was not approved by Rally2 regulations.
Beneath the bonnet is a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine based on the larger 2.0 TSI of the ডkoda RS production model. The mill produces 289 hp (214 kW / 291 PS) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque. The mechanical front and rear differences allow power to be transmitted to the four wheels through a successive five-speed gearbox (a center difference is not allowed in the Rally2 series). Skoda did not announce acceleration figures, but the top speed was limited to 200 km / h (124 mph) due to the small gear ratio. The engine is using sustainable petrol in accordance with FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) regulations to promote biofuels.
The suspension features a McPherson strut with long trips and an optimized setup for each assembly stage. The braking setup also varies depending on the terrain, with internally ventilated brake discs measuring 355 mm (14 inches) at the front and 300 mm (11.8 inches) on the asphalt, or 300 mm (11.8 inches) around the gravel.
Inside the cabin, we find a racing bucket with six-point harness and head-neck support system. The driver now has access to a new central control panel with a touch screen, while many functions, including start / stop, can be accessed from the buttons on the starting wheel.
Polycarbonate side windows can be easily removed in the event of an accident, while an automatic fire extinguishing system ensures the driver and co-driver are safe. We also found a new FIA-approved roll cage made of high-strength chromium-molybdenum steel, an integral part of the basepack chassis that significantly increased torsional rigidity. Finally, ডkoda engineers have added a new type of side-effect protection made of carbon fiber, Kevlar and energy-absorbing foam.
Skoda Fabia Rally2 will compete next season with private teams like Hyundai i20 Rally2, Citroën C3 Rally2, and Ford Fiesta Rally2. As we mentioned earlier, Skoda is not interested in producing a hot hatch vRS variant of the Fabia, the Fabia Monte Carlo with a 1.5 TSI engine producing 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) at the top of the range.