On all surfaces and in all conditions, the latest rally car from ŠKODA Motorsport, the FABIA R5, has enjoyed unprecedented success in its first two seasons. Whether placed in the hands of the ŠKODA works team, or one of the many customer teams clamouring for the chance to put one through its paces, it has enjoyed success all over the world.
And in 2017, it is looking to rip up the record book once more.
The FABIA R5 was designed to be a supreme rallying machine which the ŠKODA Motorsport team spent more than 15 months developing.
It is fitted with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and has a weight of more than 1,230 kilogrammes, as FIA stipulations require. It has 4-wheel drive and is also fitted with a sequential five-speed transmission, front and rear mechanical differentials and McPherson struts.
|Base Car||ŠKODA FABIA III|
|Max. width||1,820 mm|
|Min. weight||1,230 kg|
|Bodyshell||Modified for 4x4 drivetrain|
|Turbocharged 4-cylinder||1,620 cm3|
|Max. power||205 kW|
|Max. torque||420 Nm|
|Manual sequential shifting|
|Mechanical differentials (front and rear)|
|Front and rear||McPherson|
|Brake discs for tarmac||Ø 355 mm / width 32 mm|
|Brake discs for garvel||Ø 300 mm / width 32 mm|
|Engine control sensors only|
|Special fuel tank||Volume 82.5 l|
|Consumption||0.6 l / km of a Special Stage|
|Rims & Tyres|
|Tarmac||8‘x18‘ – min. weight 8.9 kg|
|Gravel||7‘x15‘ – min. weight 8.6 kg|
The FABIA R5 was a successor to the FABIA S2000, which won almost 50 national and international titles. The FABIA R5 picked up where the FABIA S2000 left off.
On its debut in the 2015 season the FABIA R5 was already claiming titles. The experienced Raimund Baumschlager won the Austrian Rally Championship, while Norbert Herczig did the same in Hungary and Freddy Loix in Belgium. Gustavo Saba claimed the championship in Paraguay too, whilst Jan Kopecký steered the FABIA R5 to success in ŠKODA’s home series, the Czech Rally Championship.
But it was in 2016, when the FABIA R5 really made its mark. There were national title wins across Europe including one for Jan Kopecký in the Czech Republic and others for Fabian Kreim in Germany, Norbert Herczig in Hungary, Freddy Loix in Belgium, 16-year old Kalle Rovanperä in Latvia, Pavel Valoušek in Slovakia, Esben Hegelund in Denmark, Sylvain Michel in the French Tarmac Championship and Desi Henry in the Irish Forest Championship.