The Škoda Fabia WRC has successfully passed its vital FIA homologation inspection and will make its WRC debut at Rallye Deutschland, round 8 of the 2003 World Rally Championship, on July 24-27.
The Škoda Motorsport driver line-up for that event will be the current pairing of Didier Auriol/Denis Giraudet and Toni Gardemeister/Paavo Lukander.
Homologation is the process by which the FIA (motorsport’s governing body) checks that any car complies with the technical regulations for the World Rally Championship. Without the FIA homologation, no car is able to take part in international rallies.
The Škoda Fabia WRC was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and is based on the new Fabia RS model that was also unveiled at the same time. The FIA inspectors visited the Škoda Motorsport Team headquarters in Mladá Boleslav last week. They confirmed that the Fabia’s transformation from road car to World Rally Car had been completed correctly.
The inspectors were satisfied with what they had seen and the Fabia WRC is expected to receive its formal homologation papers within the next few days.
Škoda Auto Director of Motorsport Petr Kohoutek said today: “This is the next step for the Škoda Fabia WRC. FIA homologation means we are able to compete with the car on the World Rally Championship, starting at the Rallye Deutschland.”