The Skoda Fabia R5 concept has been revealed this week online and is set to make its public debut at the end of this week during the 2014 Essen Motor Show. Starting next year it will replace the Fabia S2000 and will compete in the WRC 2 series so it will have to comply with several FIA regulations. As a consequence, the model will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine sending the output through a 6-speed sequential transmission. The car must have a minimum weight of 2,711 lbs (1,230 kg) and will be equipped with McPherson struts.
The Skoda Fabia R5 concept is based on the road-going third generation Fabia supermini and this motorsport-spec version benefits from a significantly wider and aerodynamically-optimized body kit. It comes with a rear wing, roof scoop, beefier brakes, race-spec suspension & wheels, along with Michelin tires, central exhaust and a stripped out interior to lose as much weight as possible.
According to the Czech marque, many customer racing teams have already expressed their interest in this car which will be shown in the flesh on Saturday when the Essen Motor Show is programmed to kick off while the closing date is December 7.