Called the R 5, the concept’s name might be (even by accident) a cheeky reminder of the road-going Fabia RS performer.
Upon the unveiling of the regular Fabia at the Paris Motor Show, rumours suggested that a new RS version would not be part of Skoda’s future line-up.
Skoda’s current position on a new RS is unclear, but it seems the Czech carmaker’s rally competition plans are proceeding with gusto.
The R 5 has some big shoes to fill, with the current Fabia Super 2000 proving competitive on all rally surfaces with consistently high results since its 2009 debut.
The Super 2000 also lent itself to development for Volkswagen’s successful Polo rally car, with the team proving to be the ones to beat throughout the 2014 WRC season.
Under the class rules, power will come from a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine, matched with a five-speed sequential gearbox.
The rules also dictate a minimum curb weight of 1230kg, and a MacPherson strut suspension layout.
"The world premiere of the Fabia R 5 Concept car gives an insight into the future of rallying at Skoda," Motorsport Director for Skoda, Michal Hrabanek, said. "The Fabia R 5 is scheduled to be homologated by mid-2015."
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