120 years in racing – ŠKODA Motorsport celebrates with limited ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120

› ŠKODA Motorsport honours 120th anniversary of debut in motorsports with special production series of the successful ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo

› ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 available in twelve units only, featuring extra technical features, additional accessories and special livery

› ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 also offers main performance enhancing upgrades of 2021 ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo

Mladá Boleslav, 12 March 2021 – To honour its 120th anniversary in racing, ŠKODA Motorsport created the limited ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120. Only twelve units of this special version of the successful rally car will be available. The ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 offers the majority of technical upgrades introduced for the 2021 ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, complemented by additional equipment, a special livery and exclusive accessories. Orders for the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 are open.

In 2021 ŠKODA celebrates its 120th birthday in motorsports. Over the decades, the Mladá Boleslav based company went from long distance races with motorbikes to hill climbs, circuit racing and rallies on four wheels. On the way, ŠKODA collected countless victories, most recently dominating the WRC2/WRC2 Pro category of the FIA World Rally Championship.

To honour the brand’s 120 years of racing tradition, ŠKODA Motorsport presents a limited edition of its successful customer rally car. The ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 will be sold in twelve units only. Each of them will not only include the majority of the technical upgrades of the 2021 ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, it also comes with a variety of extra features. In addition to the standard equipment of the newest model, the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 includes a set of green painted magnesium wheels and a full pod of extra LED lights plus LED corner lights.

An additional full package of extra internal accessories based on factory crews experience is part of the standard configuration. This includes storage bags or nets for personal belongings, tools, spare parts or additional equipment. More comfort improving accessories like camel bags for drinking water, bottles for car liquids, belts, holders and much more complete the package of extras. The limited edition equipment also brings a unique Edition 120 welcome screen for both monitors in the cockpit, a special car livery plus a plaque identifying the production number. A certificate of authenticity, useful ŠKODA merchandise like a backpack and an exclusive ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo model car (1:18 scale) with identical looks round up the special offer.

“The limited production ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 is an all-inclusive version of the 2021 upgraded car. With the package of improved parts, it not only offers a further developed version of our championship winning car. With its exclusive features, the limited Edition 120 is also a veritable collector’s car,” says Michal Hrabánek, Head of ŠKODA Motorsport. The ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 features all non-optional contents of the general 2021 upgrade package. These updates concern the improved engine, where the goal for the technicians was to improve the gas exchange and mixture preparation in the combustion chamber. This was realised with a newly designed and more efficient intercooler, optimized exhaust manifold, new valve timing as well as a new setup of the electronic mapping. These modifications improve the overall performance and characteristics of the engine as well as increase the maximum power output by two kW up to 214 kW, depending on fuel quality. Newly calibrated dampers provide even better traction and car stability on all types of surfaces, giving the driver more trust in the car.

Next to even better performance improved reliability was a major topic for the 2021 upgrades of the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo. A stronger rear axle subframe minimizes the risk of damage on rough roads. For the gravel version of the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo a special cooling device for the rear brakes, originally homologated for tarmac use only, will be included. The engine of the ŠKODA sFABIA Rally2 evo in 2021 spec – and thus of the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 – is equipped with a redesigned lubrication system with improved function in dynamic modes. Modifications include a newly designed intake strainer and optimized geometry of baffle plates in the oil sump to improve turbocharger oil feeding and its reliability. Another result of these changes is a reduced oil level. Newly arranged steering wheel buttons, up to eight for different functions, as well as a redesigned mounting for the jack further improve crew comfort. All upgrade parts for the latest version of the ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo are already homologated.

Buyers of the limited ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo Edition 120 can choose to add more options. These include a longer gear set, which makes the gearbox better suitable for rallies with high average speed by increasing the top speed to 202 kph. Especially for low grip surfaces, ŠKODA Motorsport also offers a third set of differential ramps (48/70), which can be used both on gravel and tarmac stages.

Catherine Van Geel

PR Manager, D'Ieteren Automotive NV/SA

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