Skoda Motorsport swept the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge clean by winning both the Manufacturers’ championship and the Drivers’ title with Juho Hänninen and Mikko Markkula. The team’s other pairing of Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý were runners-up in the Drivers’ challenge, underlining Skoda’s dominance in this season’s IRC, which ended last month.
The Skoda factory team participated in 11 of this year’s 12 IRC events and won seven of them. Peugeot’s 2009 champion Kris Meeke was third in the standings. Peugeot was also a distant second in the Manufacturers’ table.
And to celebrate this achievement, VW Group’s Czech subsidiary will be releasing a limited edition Fabia RS inspired by their IRC winning Fabia S2000. Limited to 200 examples, the hot Fabia will be painted in the green livery of the rally car, with white roof and white wheels, although it looks slightly odd to these eyes without the S2000’s wide body.
The Fabia RS (or vRS in the UK), also available in wagon form for the first time, is powered by a 1.4L twincharged TSI engine with 180 bhp and 250 Nm. This is mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.3 seconds. Top speed is 224 km/h.