Skoda, full of confidence form wining IRC last year, announced they’ve prepared 10 Fabia Super 2000 to compete in 2011 Monte Carlo rally, which is opening round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge Series. These new cars also feature a new livery as you see in these pictures. This year Skoda also appears in WRC.
The new livery they’ve designed for the Fabia Super2000 features a strong shade of green as the company’s identifying color, and has the same green and white theme as before. The front doors will also bear a logo commemorating 110 years of Škoda’s participation in motorsport.
Škoda Motorsport (factory team) will appear with both of its successful crews – last year’s IRC winners Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula and runners-up, Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý. Škoda Motorsport’s all-conquering Fabia Super 2000 project has received positive feedback from Škoda importers in many markets. As a result, the Monte Carlo Rally will see some big names driving a Fabia Super 2000, including Škoda UK Motorsport’s new driver Andreas Mikkelsen, the 2008 IRC Drivers’ Champion Nicolas Vouilloz, Freddy Loix (winner of three IRC races in 2010) and Mark Wallenwein of Škoda Auto Germany. A number of other Fabia Super 2000 are going to appear in the colours of private teams, all of whom are planning to fight for the best possible result in Monte Carlo, one of the world’s most challenging rally events.
The Monte Carlo Rally starts on 19 January in the area around Valence, France, and ends with night-time special stages in the mountains near Monte Carlo in the early hours of the morning on 22 January. Drivers can look forward to a total of 13 special stages (337 competition kilometres) and over a thousand kilometres of road sections plus unpredictable weather, as is usual this time of the year.