|04/15/2015||The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 celebrates its debut on rally tracks around the world|
Esapekka Lappi achieved something sensational when he won the European title in 2014. Alongside his co-driver Janne Ferm, this year he will compete with the world's elite in selected races in the WRC 2 category of the FIA World Rally Championship.
ŠKODA Motorsport makes its return to the WRC at the Rally Portugal from 21 to 24 May in the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5, after a break of almost two years.
"We can't wait for our first race in the new Fabia R 5. We are excited about the new car, it's something really special," said Lappi. "We are delighted to return to the WRC top tier."
The new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 is to continue the success story. The new high-tech construction is fitted with a 1.6 litre turbo engine, as stipulated by the FIA regulations.
That is a significant difference to the two-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine of the Fabia Super 2000. The new car with four-wheel drive also makes use of a sequential fivespeed transmission and McPherson struts. As stipulated by the regulations, the car weighs at least 1,230 kilogrammes. To ensure that everything fits together perfectly, the ŠKODA Motorsport team has invested 15 months in intensive development since the start of the project. The aim is the reward on the rally tracks around the world.
|01/12/2015||Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm have been presented with Finnish motorsport’s biggest award – Drivers of the Year.|
The ŠKODA Motorsport crew collected the top award at the AKK-Motorsport gala prizegiving in Jyväskylä on Saturday night, in front of 1,300 guests.
Lappi won the prestigious Driver of the Year award ahead of the likes of Williams F1 driver Valtteri Bottas and WRC stars Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen.