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Buying a car is always an exciting and emotional experience. Now imagine how thrilling it must be to buy a rally car worth millions of crowns! Toni Gardemeister, former ŠKODA Motorsport driver and owner of the TGS private rally team, will guide you through the unusual purchase of the first ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo to be supplied to a customer team.

How does it feel to be handed the keys to a ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo, a rally car of which there are currently fewer than ten examples worldwide? First of all, you don’t get any keys. It’s rarely necessary to lock the car and starting it is different from an ordinary car – you turn on the power and ignition levers, press the start button, and wait until the oil in the engine is at the right pressure. What you do get, though, is the acceleration of a super sports car whatever the surface, a car that’s almost indestructible, and customer care that would make clients of the most luxurious brands envious. And the differences go much deeper than that.

Before this year’s Rally Finland, Toni Gardemeister became the world’s first private customer of the modernised ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo. “When I’m buying a new rally car, the feelings inside me are much stronger than with a regular road car. I really love these cars. As soon as ŠKODA announced that the FABIA R5 evo was being developed, I called them to place a reservation on one or two cars,” enthuses Gardemeister, who has rallied with cars such as the OCTAVIA WRC, the FABIA WRC and the FABIA S2000 in the past. However, the joy from his new car didn’t last for very long – as you’ll see in the video, the world of rallying can be very unforgiving:

Toni Gardemeister
former ŠKODA Motorsport driver and owner of the TGS private rally team

A little under 280 of the previous-generation FABIA R5 were sold over four years of production. In the world of motorsport, that’s a very respectable number – in fact, the ŠKODA FABIA R5 became the bestseller in its class. Taking delivery of such a car is an exceptional moment for anyone. There are also a lot of differences from buying a “civilian” car. The whole purchasing process can be divided into the seven steps described below.

7 STEPS TOWARDS A NEW RALLY CAR

Step 1: Test drive

For most drivers, the test drive is the most important part of the decision-making process when buying a new car. However, you can’t really test drive a rally car – you choose one based on its reputation and performance in rallies. An exception was made for the FABIA R5 evo, which was presented to a select group of customers, allowing them to give it a spin on a racing circuit. This was one of those times when the dealer warning “please drive carefully” would have been out of place! They could test-drive the car absolutely flat out by flooring it and drifting. Truth be told, though, those customers had ordered their cars first and were only getting to test-drive them later.

Step 2: Placing an order

There is only one place in the whole world where you can buy the ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo – at the ŠKODA Motorsport headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, about an hour’s drive away from the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague. There is only one version available, built to either tarmac or gravel specifications. Despite a price tag equal to 20 ordinary ŠKODA FABIAs, it’s completely sold out for this year! And, of course, you pay in advance. Don’t count on any offers of “great financing” or a “bargain lease”.

Step 3: Building the car

Each car is hand-built at the new ŠKODA Motorsport facilities and takes several weeks to complete. Based on the modified body of an ordinary ŠKODA FABIA, it is extensively reinforced and fitted with top-grade racing components supplied by renowned brands from around the world. Many important things, though, like the engines, are manufactured right here at ŠKODA. Each engine is thoroughly tested on a dynamometer to see if it complies with stringent performance requirements. The colour of the car depends on customers’ requirements; most choose white as this is the best base for racing livery.

Step 4: Stress test

Every owner of a new car knows that, for the first 1,000 to 1,500 kilometres, you should not rev the engine to more than 60%. If you have a new rally car, however, that would mean several lost rallies. That’s why the new FABIA R5s are thoroughly tested under high pressure on the ŠKODA proving grounds before being handed over to the new owner. The tests include full acceleration on all gears up to the rev limiter and hard braking.

Step 5: Handover

Only now is the car ready for its happy new owner, and is usually accompanied by a large shipment of spare parts. Even though the ŠKODA FABIA R5 is well-known for its reliability and durability, components such as bumpers and half-shafts are treated as consumables here.

Step 6: Set-up

Another thing specific to rally cars is that they need different settings for each rally, especially when it comes to the suspension. ŠKODA Motorsport technicians recommend settings for various conditions to all owners, and stand ready to give advice on the spot if required. In the end, though, all drivers have to test and fine-tune the settings to suit their own preferences. You can’t just hop in and drive if you want to have a shot at victory.

Step 7: First rally

A brand-new family car is usually a cherished treasure, but the FABIA R5 evo exists to push itself to the limit of its technical and physical abilities. Only after the first bumper is destroyed and the first set of tyres is worn out can the car be considered to be truly broken in. On the other hand, it receives much better care than most “garage queens”. It gets thoroughly cleaned after each race, and even the slightest wear or damage is repaired.

WHO TONI GARDEMEISTER IS

The Finnish rally driver drove for ŠKODA in the WRC between 2002 and 2004. By his own account, he has especially fond memories of the OCTAVIA WRC, in which he achieved many great results. “I really loved that car, even though it wasn’t the fastest. It was reliable and, most of all, I liked driving it. It may have been a little sluggish, but it suited me and we got along with each other. In the fast rallies, the OCTAVIA WRC was really great. I have especially great memories of the Rally Sweden in 2003. In the end, we finished eighth, but we fought Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and other drivers of that calibre. We beat some of them and we weren’t far behind the others. To this day, I really like the OCTAVIA WRC in tarmac settings,” says Gardemeister as he reminisces about his favourite rally car.

After his last full season in the WRC, 2008, he tried to find a way to continue rallying. In the end, he managed to find a sponsor. He spent the next season in the IRC series, and then he started wondering whether he could apply his experience to business. Gradually, he built the TGS Worldwide team around his FABIA S2000, and it started to grow fast. In 2015, Teemu Suninen, Kalle Rovanperä and many other drivers used his services. Gardemeister owns three rally cars himself and takes care of several others. “When I was selecting the first car for my team, the ŠKODA FABIA S2000 was the fastest, and very reliable to boot. And reliability is even more important than speed for a private team,” he adds.

Recently, Toni Gardemeister’s team has been built on ŠKODA FABIA R5 rally cars, and now also on the revamped FABIA R5 evo. The premiere of the latest addition to the TGS fleet ended prematurely, though, when last year’s winner Eerik Pietarinen had to retire after a mishap. “Things like that happen in rallying and it’s normal. Rally cars are very durable, so we’ll fix the car soon and return to the rally stages”, says Gardemeister without the slightest hint of doubt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glorious sunshine and a dry track greeted team GCK on the first race day of round 9 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the picturesque track in Riga, Latvia, which ended with Rokas Baciuska in P1 and Anton Marklund in P3 overnight. Meanwhile, Guerlain Chicherit dropped to P7 overnight following a spectacular Q1 performance, and GCK Academy’s Cyril Raymond finished the day in P9 with team mate Guillaume De Ridder in P14.

ROKAS BACIUSKA – P1 O/A Q1 P1; Q2 P4
A big fight with lots of contact into turn 1 of Q1 saw Baciuska in P3; he jokered straight away and charged ahead, overtaking one after another to win the race, posting the fastest time of the day.

Q1 P5; Q2 P2 Q1 saw Anton fight into P2 into
turn 1, a position he defended until he crossed the finish line in 2nd, and 5th overall. Q2 saw Anton race around the outside into P1 into turn 1, racing cleanly to joker in the last lap and taking the chequered flag.
“I’m really happy with today’s performance but know that we still have room to push for even more tomorrow. The team is working hard on all the technical feedback, so let’s see what
tomorrow brings

Q1 P4; Q2 P13
Q1 saw Guerlain race ahead to take the lead into turn 1 following a great start; he jokered in the last lap and finished in 1st with the 4th fastest time overall.
Q2 saw Chicherit in 4th into turn 1, where he raced cleanly until a mistake in lap 3 saw him go too wide; he jokered in the last lap to finish the race in 5th.
“We’ve put down some good lap times today and the pace in general is good although we have

Q2 saw Rokas race into P2 into turn 1. He jokered
in lap 1, coming out in 4th. Flying around Bakkerud as the Swede exited the joker, he finished the race in P2.
“There is no way I’d be P1 overnight without the fans here – being so close to home and having so many supporting and rooting for me makes a huge difference and really is pushing me on. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s race action.”

GUERLAIN CHICHERIT – P7 O/A

Q1 P4; Q2 P13
Q1 saw Guerlain race ahead to take the lead into turn following a great start; he jokered in the last lap and finished in 1st with the 4th fastest time overall.
Q2 saw Chicherit in 4th into turn 1, where he raced cleanly until a mistake in lap 3 saw him go too wide; he jokered in the last lap to finish the race in 5th.

“We’ve put down some good lap times today and the pace in general is good although we have some changes to make overnight to optimise further. The mistake in Q2 is really frustrating but I just have to drop it and move on to prepare for tomorrow.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Riga, Latvia – (Friday, September 13, 2019) – IMG ushered in a bold new era in motorsport with the global reveal of the all-electric racecar which will compete in the electric development series, codenamed Projekt E, in 2020.

The official unveiling of the Projekt E racecar, a collaboration between IMG and Austrian company STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development), took place at the Riga Motor Museum in Latvia.

VIP guests, World RX and Euro RX teams and drivers gathered for the event to see first-hand the car which will feature in the innovative electric series.

Projekt E will showcase electric-powered cars on the same event schedule as traditional World RX Supercars at selected European rounds of the championship in 2020.

Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of IMG Motorsports, and STARD’s Manfred Stohl had the honours of taking the wraps off the car. “Today we reached a tipping point in the future of production-based motorsport with the unveiling of the racecar which will feature in the electric support series in 2020, codenamed Projekt E,” Bellamy said.

“Electrification in the automotive industry is moving at a rapid pace and we are extremely proud to be first movers in the electric motorsport space for production vehicles.

“The car we revealed today is the result of months of collaboration with our technical partner, STARD. That work has centred on developing electric technologies, charging and safety systems for the Projekt E racecars.

“This collaboration is further proof of IMG’s commitment to future mobility and relevant technologies in the rugged rallycross environment.

“The car looks striking on the outside, but under the skin is what really matters. Rallycross is known for rapid launches and fast-paced, wheel-to-wheel action. The advanced technology which powers the Projekt E racecar will produce torque levels we have never seen in rallycross before.

“It’s an exciting time for the sport of rallycross. Our aim with the new-look race weekend format for 2020, with the inclusion of Projekt E, is to allow rallycross fans to enjoy the traditional internal combustion engines – and be given a flavour of the future at the same time.”

Projekt E will use STARD’s “REVelution” EV powertrain systems which will produce up to 450kW (613bhp) combined power, 1100Nm of instantaneous torque and produce a top speed of 240km/h.

The plan is to use current chassis technology such as the 2019 STARD World RX Ford Fiesta. The concept allows for the conversion of current cars or new builds to current chassis regulations using the REVelution drivetrain.

And, in a first for motorsport, Projekt E will enable the use of road car electric motors in racecars.

“We are delighted to be partnering with IMG on this innovative project which will change the technical landscape in motorsport and rallycross in particular,” Manfred Strohl, President of Stohl Group, said.

“There is a lot of activity in hybrid and electric racing at present but what sets Projekt E apart is the fact that the Projekt E race car can utilise road car electric motors.

“The performance of the racecar will be impressive when you consider that in terms of torque, the power unit is capable of 0-90% in about 32 milliseconds. The motors rotate at up to 14,000rpm. Projekt E will add a whole new, innovative dimension to rallycross in 2020.”

The aim of Projekt E is to evaluate electric racecars in a World RX environment in accordance with the roadmap for electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship which was has been ratified by the FIA World Motorsport Council.

For video and images from the spectacular launch of the Projekt E racecar, check out the World RX social channels
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