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Skoda is growing! For decades Skoda was the giant killer, the master of the 1300cc class. Then suddenly we had the Felicia Kit Car in 1500cc and 1600cc versions. And not even 3 years after Skoda hitting the A6 (1301-1600cc gA) category they went up yet another class to 2000cc. The Octavia was Skoda's first 2000cc rally car. It also was Skoda's biggest rally car by far until that point, and it was the biggest F2 car of all. The project however stayed without class successes, quite untypical for Skoda. I wonder how Skoda felt about this project. In its first events in late 1997 Skoda showed a lot of enthusiasm for the Octavia Kit Car program. Debuting in Finland, Skoda's Czech household names at the time, Pavel Sibera & Emil Triner, entered the last 3 rounds of 1997 as a 2-car-team, even including Australia. But in 1998 they then only entered one car for Sibera and that only on 6 events. Only after one season with this Octavia Kit Car Skoda went the final step and introduced the Octavia WRC.
It seems that the lack of results didn't disturb Skoda's enthusiasm too much. Maybe it all was already in preparation for the WRCar project, so miles mattered more than results. Well, it does seem strange that in 1998 Skoda only ran one car. However at the same time further development on the Octavia F2 kit car never stood still. Especially in the suspension a lot of effort was invested. In fact for the rear axle the Skoda engineers came up with a strange layout: the anti roll bars would go over cross and therefore one of them was cut in halves, then welded together again with a ring in the middle and the other roll bar would go right through the first one! All the effort should have been worthwhile. Today you still find several Octavia Kit Cars in national championships, i.e. in Germany. The far more successful and common Seat Ibiza Kit Car in comparison has long disappeared.
Model & Evo. (Activity)
|Octavia (1) KC2000 (97-99)||272/8000||242/6500||4511.1770.1429||960 (3.5)||FWD (2512)|
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This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.
|21st.||1998 WRC Acropolis Rally||P. Sibera||P. Gross||#29||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|25th.||1998 WRC Rally of Finland||P. Sibera||K. Jiratko||#29||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
|26th.||1998 WRC Rallye San Remo||F. Danti||M. Olivari||#37||[UNKNOWN]||0:00:00|
This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.
|Ret.||1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain||P. Sibera||P. Gross||#22||[UNKNOWN]||SS6 crash|
|Ret.||1998 WRC Rallye San Remo||P. Sibera||P. Gross||#30||[UNKNOWN]||SS10 driveshaft|
|Ret.||1998 WRC Tour de Corse||P. Sibera||P. Gross||#20||[UNKNOWN]||SS13 engine|
|Ret.||1998 WRC Rallye Catalunya||P. Sibera||P. Gross||#30||[UNKNOWN]||SS12 crash|
|Ret.||1997 WRC Rallye San Remo||E. Triner||M. Hulka||#19||[UNKNOWN]||SS10 engine|
|Ret.||1997 WRC Rallye San Remo||P. Sibera||P. Gross||#22||[UNKNOWN]||SS3 transmission|
|Ret.||1997 WRC Rally of Finland||P. Sibera||P. Gross||#25||[UNKNOWN]||SS7 suspension|