› SKODA FABIA S2000 complied with the regulations of the then newly established Super 2000 Rally (S2000) class
› Two-liter naturally aspirated engine with an output of 280 hp and all-wheel drive
› The SKODA FABIA S2000 marked the factory team’s return to international rallying after a four-year break
› FABIA S2000 won 50 national and international championships
› SKODA AUTO Germany achieved a WRC2 victory in the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally and the runner-up title in the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship with the FABIA S2000
Mlada Boleslav – With the presentation of the second FABIA generation in 2007, those responsible in Mlada Boleslav decided to start in international rallies again with the factory team after a four-year break. With the SKODA FABIA S2000, the Czech manufacturer relied on a top sports machine that subsequently celebrated numerous international victories.
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After the SKODA Motorsport works team withdrew from the top league of international rallying, the WRC category, one thing was certain: the rally models from Mlada Boleslav were fully competitive in rally categories that were close to series production. With a long-term commitment to motorsport and in keeping with the brand tradition, SKODA has won numerous rallies and titles worldwide in this way in recent years.
The international automobile federation FIA specified clear regulations for the newly established Super 2000 Rally (S2000) class: permanent all-wheel drive, two-litre naturally aspirated engine, a minimum of electronics. Compared to the highly developed, technically complex predecessor model SKODA FABIA WRC with a turbo engine, this meant a few significant changes. Nevertheless, the SKODA FABIA S2000 was also well equipped for use on the international rally circuit: it was lighter and had an output of 280 hp, just 20 hp less than its successful predecessor.
The S2000 category primarily served customer sport. At the same time, it offered automobile manufacturers an opportunity to develop appropriate vehicles that were significantly cheaper to run than the World Rally Cars. All the World Championship rounds of the new Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) could be seen on television in the key markets, which ensured the necessary media coverage and made a commitment even more attractive. SKODA Motorsport was pursuing two goals with the IRC project: in terms of sport, the brand wanted to take part in selected IRC rallies and at the same time sell the FABIA S2000 to private teams with a view to customer sport.
SKODA Motorsport presented the new racing car at the 2009 Monte Carlo Rally. With strong results and great successes, the FABIA S2000 immediately caused a stir on the international rally scene, especially with the victory of Juho Hanninen and Mikko Markkula at the Russia Rally in July. The two successes of Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý at the Barum Rally and the Rally Costa Brava also have a firm place in the history of SKODA Motorsport. In their very first season, Kopecký and Starý took an excellent second place in the IRC championship. SKODA also secured a strong second place in the manufacturers’ classification – although the team deliberately did not take part in the entire series.
Further successes were not long in coming. In 2010, SKODA won the IRC series and Juho Hanninen won the drivers’ championship ahead of Jan Kopecký. Despite strong competition, SKODA, with Andreas Mikkelsen at the wheel, also secured the brand classification in the two following years. From 2013, the car took part in the European Rally Championship, where it dominated for three years. The victory of Jan Kopecký and Dresler in the 2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship was both the high point and the end of an extremely successful career for the SKODA FABIA S2000. In national championships, he then brought even more victories. In total, the SKODA FABIA S2000 drove to a total of 50 national and international titles between 2009 and 2014.
From a German perspective, the WRC2 victory of Sepp Wiegand and Frank Christian in the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally and their second place in the 2014 European Rally Championship in the SKODA AUTO Deutschland team stand out. In addition, Matthias Kahle/Peter GObel in 2010 and Mark Wallenwein/Stefan Kopczyk in 2012 won the German Rally Championship in the FABIA S2000.
With the FABIA S2000, SKODA succeeded in bringing the brand back to the top of the international rally scene. He stands at the beginning of a motorsport success story that his successors have since added to some of the most successful chapters in the history of SKODA Motorsport.
› steers successfully through the new decade with the NEXT LEVEL – SKODA STRATEGY 2030.
› is striving to be one of the five top-selling brands in Europe by 2030 with attractive offers in the entry-level segments and additional e-models.
› becomes the leading European brand in India, Russia and North Africa.
› currently offers its customers ten car model series: FABIA, RAPID, SCALA, OCTAVIA and SUPERB as well as KAMIQ, KAROQ, KODIAQ, ENYAQ iV and KUSHAQ.
› delivered over one million vehicles to customers worldwide in 2020.
› has been part of the Volkswagen Group, one of the world’s most successful automobile manufacturers, for 30 years.
› manufactures and develops vehicles as well as components such as engines and transmissions independently within the group.
> Maintains three locations in the Czech Republic; manufactures in China, Russia, Slovakia and India primarily through Group Partnerships and Ukraine with a local partner.
> Busy more than 43.000 employees worldwide and is represented in more than 100 markets.
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> Entered the German market in September 1991.
> Represented in conjunction with around 1.100 sales and service partners The Skoda brand in Germany.
> Is part of the success story of the Czech traditional brand: 2020 were in Germany over 181.000 new SKODA vehicles approved as cars, equivalent to a market share of 6.2 percent. Thus, Skoda was not only in the twelfth year in a row import mark number one in Germany, but has continued its position under the renowned volume brands.
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