Škoda Motorsport reported that it will soon launch an upgrade kit for the Fabia Rally2 Evo. Homologation is scheduled for January 1, three days before parts are available to all customers. The package includes multiple performances, reliability, and safety improvements, with a new engine, suspension, and transmission.
As reported by the Mladá Boleslav-based manufacturer, the full range of 2021 technical updates will also be available to all buyers of a new Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo, some as standard and others as optional.
In the suite of improvements to the Czech vehicle, one of the important ones is the 1.6-liter turbo engine, whose 2021 performance updates include a new engine mapping, as well as a redesigned intercooler and exhaust manifold. These modifications not only improve the overall characteristics of the powerplant, but also increase the maximum power by two horsepower. In this way, the Fabia Rally2 Evo is now capable of delivering almost 287 hp, depending on the type of fuel used.
With regard to transmission improvements, Škoda will offer a new set of longer gears, which makes the gearbox more suitable for rallies with high average speed. This is because, thanks to the new ratio, the Fabia Rally2 Evo can optimize its top speed from187 to 202 km / h. On the other hand, the manufacturer has approved the third set of differential ramps (48/70), which can be used both on land and asphalt. In this way, the vehicle improves its performance, especially on low-grip surfaces.
The latest of the performance updates on the Fabia Rally2 Evo has to do with the premiere of a new specification of ZF shocks for asphalt and gravel setup. According to the manufacturer, this optimization will provide improved traction and stability on all types of surfaces. Still, Škoda Motorsport will also offer an update so that already existing shocks can be converted to the new specification.
Apart from all these improvements in terms of performance, the Czech manufacturer also worked on a significant number of updates related to the reliability, resistance and service life of all the technical and mechanical parts of the Fabia Rally2 Evo. Likewise, the work on the improvement kit also includes advances in terms of the safety of the binomial and the vehicle itself. s rallies in high temperature and low average speed areas commonly caused problems with fuel vaporization, Škoda Motorsport has developed a new anti-tip valve for the fuel cell breather tubes. Now, the new valve increases safety by preventing excess pressure in the system during all environmental conditions of a rally.
On the other hand, the Fabia Rally2 Evo will also debut a stronger rear axle subframe, which minimizes the risk of damage on badly damaged roads. In this way, Skoda Motorsport ensures that it will offer an important advance in terms of protection for recently homologated parts.
Another update related to reliability is the installation of a special cooling device for the rear brakes, originally approved only for use on asphalt. Now, this element can also be used in ground configurations and its function will be to more effectively protect the brake system from wear and the effects of overheating.
As detailed by Škoda Motorsport, this new system must be installed in combination with a designated skid plate for the rear differential. However, as it is approved under the name of “Variant Option”, the use of this new cooling device is not mandatory. Therefore, as required, the part can also be left outside the car.
Finally, the Fabia Rally2 Evo will now feature a redesigned engine lubrication system, with improved functions in all dynamic modes. These modifications include a new intake silencer and baffle plate in the oil pan, as well as improved turbocharger oil supply and reduced oil level.
With regard to the convenience and comfort of the pairs, the steering wheel of the Fabia Rally2 Evo will have new buttons, with up to eight different functions, which are characterized by easy operation without the need for the pilot to remove his hands from the steering. On the other hand, in the event that a team must change a wheel, there will be a redesigned mounting for the pneumatic jack that will facilitate the co-pilot’s task.
In the official update kit launch announcement, Skoda Motorsport Director Michal Hrabánek stated: “We have extensively tested these new components with drivers such as Jan Kopecký, Oliver Solberg, Kris Meeke, Pontus Tidemand, Andreas Mikkelsen and Emil Lindholm. Therefore, we are convinced that the 2021 updates will provide our customers with an even faster and more reliable Fabia Rally2 evo than before. “
Škoda Motorsport has already sold 372 units of the Fabia in its rally version to 132 customer teams from 65 countries, which compete with the Rally2 class car in international, regional, and national championships. In official figures, the model has so far accumulated about 8,300 rallies started. On the other hand, it should be remembered that in the 2020 World Rally Championship season, Skoda’s client team, Toksport WRT, won the manufacturer/team title in the WRC 2 category.