In celebration of its three-in-a-row WRC2 titles, Skoda decided to treat some unsuspecting passengers to a WRC2-spec Fabia R5 taxi ride around Prague in its native Czech Republic. Not only has the Fabia R5 swept all comers in the WRC2 class, it has also won 14 national rally titles including in the Czech Republic.

Driven by three-time Czech Republic rally champion Jan Kopecký, a total of 20 passengers were ferried around town in the rally car for what were possibly their most exuberant taxi rides yet.

“This kind of thing doesn’t happen often, and thanks are definitely due to the entire Skoda Motorsport team and to everyone who made it possible. Getting such a beautiful car into the city center is something extraordinary,” Kopecký said.

The coming season will see the Skoda team face off against the likes of its VW Group cousin, the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 developed by the team behind the WRC-conquering entrant which won titles from 2013 to 2016, and subsequently departed from top-flight WRC competition. This time around, the Wolfsburg marque will be represented by customer teams instead.

The R5 class is also contested by the Proton Iriz R5 entered and prepared by Mellors Elliot Motorsport, which took its maiden win at the Grizedale Rally earlier this month.