Before any new car is released to the public, thousands of hours of work will have gone on behind the scenes to make sure that it is just right. Buy a new Škoda Fabia vRS from your dealer and you know you will be able to get in, turn the key and drive for thousands of kilometres without a problem.
But introducing a brand new Škoda Fabia WRC is an even more complex process, as these high-tech competition cars are built to the limits of performance. Engineers are constantly walking a tightrope between speed and reliability. This is why Škoda Motorsport are devoting so much time and effort to testing the new Fabia WRC, which is scheduled to appear in the second half of this year.
Škoda Auto Director of Motorsport Peter Kohoutek said, "We're very happy with progress so far. This car has a lot of potential, but this creates even more work! The more potential there is, the more possibilities there are to explore. We're still keeping a flexible time-scale on things. We will not use the car in competition until it is absolutely ready."
Since the Fabia WRC was launched to the public at the Geneva Motor Show testing has been non-stop, in the Czech Republic, France, Italy and now Germany. All of Škoda Motorsport's drivers have sampled the 'new baby' and they were delighted by what they experienced.
The team initially concentrated on rough gravel testing but has recently moved on to asphalt testing in Germany. This was the first time that the Fabia had run on asphalt outside Škoda Motorsport's test facility in the Czech Republic.
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