Skoda has taken the wraps off its WRC-2 race car, the Skoda Fabia R5, ahead of its official debut at the Essen motor show this weekend.
As with other cars in the WRC-2 category, the Fabia R5 will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s fitted with a 32mm restrictor.
The R5 version of the Fabia will ride on McPherson strut suspension and direct its power to the ground via a five-speed sequential gearbox. Regulations also stipulate that the Fabia R5 weigh at least 1230 kilograms and employ an all-wheel drive system.
Other changes to the R5 include a wider front and rear track, which is accommodated by flared wheel guards and a modified pair of rear doors. Vents and aero fins have been added to the Fabia’s bonnet, while a large rear wing protrudes from the top of the vehicle’s tailgate.
According to Skoda, the Fabia R5 isn’t likely to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 WRC-2 season, with homologation scheduled instead for mid-2015.