- The SKODA 1100 OHC racing car is one of the milestones in the 120-year motorsport history of the car manufacturer from Mlada Boleslav
- Aerodynamic shape, lightweight construction, 92 hp and a top speed of 200 km/h testify to the competence of the SKODA AUTO designers
- One of the two built and preserved examples of the SKODA 1100 OHC with an open body is now part of the SKODA Museum collection
Mlada Boleslav – At the end of 1957, the construction of the SKODA 1100 OHC racing car entered its final phase. Internally given the designation 968, the vehicle was originally intended for long circuit races. Initially, two vehicles with an open body were built, followed by two coupes in 1959. The open, red-painted racing car is part of the collection of the SKODA Museum in Mlada Boleslav. In addition to the complete selection of images for this press release on the media portal skoda-media.de is also a 32-page brochure in English on various topics from 120 years of SKODA Motorsport.
The development of the two-seater sports car began in the spring of 1956 – with a declared goal: the bolide was to take part in the first and only participation of a SKODA works car to date in the prestigious 24-hour race in Le Mans (1950) build up. The racing vehicle was based on a lattice frame welded out of thin-walled steel tubes. This distinguishes the precursor models Skoda Sport and Supersport, which used a modified version of the robust suspension from the series model Skoda 1101. In order to achieve the best possible driving behavior, the load is ideally distributed on both axes. Coupling, five-speed gearboxes and the distribution gear were installed in the stern, where they formed a contiguous assembly unit.
For the drive of the SKODA 1100 OHC, a front longitudinally built-in four-cylinder series motor with double ignition and two camshafts lying in the cylinder head. From 1.089 CCM displacement he draws a considerable performance of 68 kW (92 hp) at 7 for the time at that time.700 1 / min (the maximum speed was 8.500 1 / min), which corresponded to a liter output of almost 63 kW (85 hp). Originally, the engine burned high-octane aviation fuel, which flowed into two twin carburettors made by the Czechoslovakian brand Jikov and later by the Italian manufacturer Weber.
The independent wheel suspension also played an important role: While a trapezoidal wishbone axle was installed at the front, the axles were spaced 2.200 mm running rear wheels on a swing axle with trailing arms. The steering, which was as precise as it was direct, was via a three-spoke steering wheel, which could also be removed for better boarding. Another advanced element for the late 1950s: the torsion bar suspension of the 15-inch Borrani spoked wheels.
Thanks to the use of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GRP), the 3rd.880 mm long, 1.430 mm wide and 964 mm high racing car weighs only 583 kilograms. This enabled the SKODA 1100 OHC to achieve competitive acceleration values and a top speed of between 190 and 200 km/h, depending on the gear ratio. Also responsible for this was the low air resistance of the body created by designer Jaroslav Kindl. In keeping with the combination of practicality and elegance, the first model variant had two pop-up headlights, but these soon had to give way to a more practical, racing-ready solution: the second example therefore drove up with two permanently installed headlights that were installed under aerodynamic glass covers.
The public premiere of the SKODA 1100 OHC coincided with a victory: on the municipal circuit in Mlada Boleslav, the experienced works driver Miroslav Fousek won the race at the end of June 1958. In the years that followed, racing drivers Vaclav Bobek Sen., Vaclav Cizkovsky, Josef Vidner and Jaroslav Bobek. In addition to motorsport events in Germany, the SKODA drivers were also successful abroad – however, due to the difficult political situation at the end of the 1950s and 60s, the appearance of the SKODA 1100 OHC was limited to socialist countries. The planned participation in the 24-hour race at Le Mans did not come about.
The two vehicles with an open GRP body, which had been manufactured in late 1957 and early 1958, were followed in 1959 by two more spacious coupe variants with closed aluminum sheet bodies. Nevertheless, the engineers managed to bring the coupes to a weight of only 555 kilograms each and to maintain the high top speed.
The two closed SKODA 1100 OHC were destroyed in accidents in private use. However, the experts from the SKODA Museum’s restoration workshop are currently working on rebuilding a SKODA 1100 OHC Coupe using preserved components such as the frame, chassis and engine.
The open versions of the race car are still intact. The example from the SKODA Museum regularly takes part in classic car events at home and abroad. The second vehicle is owned by SKODA UK and is used for advertising purposes primarily in Great Britain.
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- represented in connection with around 1.100 sales and service partners the SKODA brand in Germany.
- is part of the success story of the traditional Czech brand: in 2020, over 181.000 new SKODA vehicles were registered as passenger cars, which corresponds to a market share of 6.2 percent. SKODA was not only the number one import brand in Germany for the twelfth year in a row, but also further consolidated its position among the well-known volume brands.
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