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It is impossible to understand why with the launch of this car Skoda's results actually became worse. For the numerous Skoda fans the Fabia results were a never ending shock and conspiracy theories surfaced aplenty.

The never ending shock for Skoda fans and friends is easily understandable. The Fabia WRC was a straight replacement to the Octavia WRC. The Octavia challenged for podium places on a number of rallyes in 2001 & 2002, two of the seasons with the strongest competition in WRC history. In the same years there have been several occasions where the Octavia WRC showed it was up to speed with the legendary Subaru Impreza WRC. All that despite all the time the Octavia was the WRCar with the worst possible configuration for it was long with a short wheelbase = you want a short car for nimble handling and a long wheel base for a stable and calm ride, while the Octavia by basic configuration was exactly the opposite. In total contrast the Fabia base car was even below the minimum 4m length and only could be homologated as a WRCar applying a similar trick as Peugeot did with the 206 GT: Skoda launched a Fabia RS road car as a limited edition extended to 4m. Simply in every single aspect the Fabia was a superior base car for the WRC compared to the Octavia. Hence things must have gone severely wrong for the Fabia not getting better results than the Octavia!

Once again fans liked blaming Skoda's driver choice for the embarrassing results. When the Fabia debuted in Rallye Deutschland 2003, mid season Skoda was obviously still with their latest Octavia drivers Didier Auriol and Toni Gardemeister. These drivers already chased 5th and 6th places only early 2003 with the Octavia, that in previous seasons was competing around 3rd, 4th places. Toni Gardemeister is undoubtedly one of the most reliable points scorers on all surfaces. Never mind Toni has never won a WRC event to date, he is the ideal #2 driver for any team in current WRC points and nomination rules. However Didier Auriol already showed at Seat and Peugeot recently that he was past his peak and not the car developper people thought he was.

In 2004 Skoda then took time off to further develop their new car. They only competed in 7 WRC events all season. Armin Schwarz returned to the team to replace Didier Auriol, however Schwarz also was not getting younger since his best days. Strange then that for their only first full season with the Fabia, 2005, Skoda decided to hang on to Schwarz and replace reliable alrounder Gardemeister for several untried talents. The results of both sympathic Finns Jani Paasonen & Janne Tuohino sadly remained questionable. French asphalt ace Alex Bengué however managed a great big surprise in winning stages outright on his first event with the car, Monte Carlo 2005! That when Schwarz was finishing events between 9th to 18th places while the two young Finns were accident prone!

The bigger and wilder conspiracy theory is if Skoda was badly effected by Volkswagen politics. Volkswagen sacked the Czech team boss Pavel Janeba and replaced him for Volkswagen Group's own Martin Mühlmeier. The other key role at Skoda, the chief engineer, was already in German hands with Dietmar Metrich. We have to strictly line out that this story is unconfirmed. But Skoda fans very strongly believe that Mühlmeier and Metrich had very much their own minds and ideas (and wouldn't be untypical for Volkswagen's own motorsport history). Czech privateer and test driver Jan Kopecky reported several times of having arguments with Skoda team management for he wasn't allowed to use his own set up, when the car only needed minor tweaks to become excellent. Indeed Alex Bengué was not the only driver to win stages in a Fabia. Colin McRae agreed to drive the Fabia in Australia 2005 only if he could use his own set up. McRae was a sensational 2nd overall when on final service a simple and unnecessary gearbox change made the team go over the time limit and retire. Unconfirmed theory between Skoda fans was that Metrich designed this retirement for his ego did not allow McRae's set up to bring better results than the works team set up.

2006 confirmed this strange line. Mühlmeier was gone and there only was a semi official Red Bull team. Red Bull was indeed that official that chief engineer Dietmar Metrich was a firm part of the Red Bull team (so he is no more part of Skoda's S2000 development). Already the questionable driver choices carried on at Red Bull. Why did they not take on Bengué & McRae as their drivers? Worse even, if you invite reknown Finnish gravel specialist Harri Rovanperä into your team, why you let him drive on Corsica but don't give him a car for Finland? But also on the engineering side stories emerged once again that could confirm previous rumours. Gilles Panizzi left the team very suddenly for an argument with his brother, but also apparently because he wasn't allowed to work out his own set up. Indeed when leaving Panizzi stated that he could be driving a Fabia again, "just not a Red Bull one!" Fact is the Red Bull team was the most official and richest Skoda team in 2006, even with the former works team chief engineer, but their performances could not have been any clearer in the shadow of the fully private Fabia WRC entries by Jan Kopecky and Francois Duval - listen up!

Once again we have to line out that the Metrich/Mühlmeier/Volkswagen politics theory is totally unconfirmed. But fact is in 2005 Alex Bengué won stages in Monte Carlo and Colin McRae was lying 2nd overall in Australia. In the Rallye Deutschland 2007 full privateer Jan Kopecky finished 5th overall with a Fabia that saw no development since 2 years. Another 2 years further on, still without any further development, privateer P.-G. Andersson wins several stages outright on the 2009 Rally Norway! How then can it be that the official works cars were then permanently outside the top10?
 

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Skoda Fabia (1) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Skoda Fabia (1) WRC (03-05) 298/5500 520/3500 4002.1770.1451 1230 (4.1) 4x4 (2462)
Skoda Fabia (1) WRC05 (05-07) 298/5500 520/3500 4002.1770.1451 1230 (4.1) 4x4 (2462)
Skoda Fabia (1) WRC05 M1 (06-06) 298/5500 520/3500 4002.1770.1451 1230 (4.1) 4x4 (2462)

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Skoda Fabia (1) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
8th. 2007 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #18 [UNKNOWN] 3:13:12.6
10th. 2007 WRC Swedish Rally J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #19 [UNKNOWN] 3:16:33.2
8th. 2007 WRC Rally Norway J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #20 [UNKNOWN] 3:40:6.9
20th. 2007 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #18 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 2007 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #19 [UNKNOWN] 3:57:38.4
5th. 2007 WRC Rallye Deutschland J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #15 [UNKNOWN] 3:30:34.6
7th. 2007 WRC Tour de Corse J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #15 [UNKNOWN] 3:36:34.4
12th. 2007 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #18 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 2006 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #11 [UNKNOWN] 4:21:13.7
11th. 2006 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #62 [UNKNOWN] 4:24:03
13th. 2006 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Aigner K. Wicha #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:29:30
13th. 2006 WRC Swedish Rally J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] 3:21:21.2
10th. 2006 WRC Rallye Catalunya G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:27:6.1
6th. 2006 WRC Rallye Catalunya F. Duval P. Pivato #18 [UNKNOWN] 3:25:39.5
5th. 2006 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #21 [UNKNOWN] 3:24:58.9
13th. 2006 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Aigner T. Gottschalk #12 [UNKNOWN] 3:31:39
12th. 2006 WRC Tour de Corse H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:56:17.7
10th. 2006 WRC Tour de Corse J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] 3:49:16.8
15th. 2006 WRC Tour de Corse A. Aigner T. Gottschalk #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 2006 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 2006 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy F. Duval P. Pivato #22 [UNKNOWN] 4:04:4.7
17th. 2006 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 2006 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy A. Aigner T. Gottschalk #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:10:19.7
12th. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] 4:10:52.4
13th. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally F. Duval P. Pivato #18 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Aigner K. Wicha #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 2006 WRC Rallye Deutschland J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] 3:34:19.9
11th. 2006 WRC Rallye Deutschland M. Ekström J. Andersson #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:46:14
6th. 2006 WRC Rallye Deutschland A. Aigner K. Wicha #12 [UNKNOWN] 3:34:16.7
8th. 2006 WRC Rally of Finland J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #16 [UNKNOWN] 3:03:5.3
11th. 2006 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:36:59.2
9th. 2006 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) F. Duval P. Pivato #16 [UNKNOWN] 3:33:51.9
10th. 2006 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) A. Aigner K. Wicha #12 [UNKNOWN] 3:35:13.7
9th. 2006 WRC Rally of Great Britain H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:28:25.1
8th. 2006 WRC Rally of Great Britain F. Duval P. Pivato #15 [UNKNOWN] 3:24:47.4
10th. 2006 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #18 [UNKNOWN] 3:28:52.6
9th. 2005 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Bengué C. Escudero #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:23:37.6
9th. 2005 WRC Swedish Rally J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #16 [UNKNOWN] 3:05:43.2
10th. 2005 WRC Swedish Rally M. Ekström S. Bergman #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:07:56.3
9th. 2005 WRC Rally Mexico A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:49:11.5
13th. 2005 WRC Rally Mexico J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 2005 WRC Rally New Zealand A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:45:9.6
13th. 2005 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:22:4.3
13th. 2005 WRC Cyprus Rally A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 5:37:2.6
9th. 2005 WRC Cyprus Rally J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] 5:19:15.7
13th. 2005 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:42:23
18th. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 2005 WRC Rally Argentina A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 4:17:25.4
11th. 2005 WRC Rally of Finland A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:04:28.5
10th. 2005 WRC Rally of Finland J. Tuohino M. Markkula #17 [UNKNOWN] 2:60:53.3
7th. 2005 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. McRae N. Grist #12 [UNKNOWN] 2:49:28.2
14th. 2005 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 2005 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Middleton R. Hernaman #61 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 2005 WRC Rally Japan A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:37:39.4
6th. 2005 WRC Tour de Corse A. Bengué C. Escudero #12 [UNKNOWN] 3:41:14.5
11th. 2005 WRC Tour de Corse N. Vouilloz P. Pivato #22 [UNKNOWN] 3:46:16.2
12th. 2005 WRC Tour de Corse J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #19 [UNKNOWN] 3:46:36
11th. 2005 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:40:3.6
8th. 2005 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] 3:36:29.3
8th. 2005 WRC Rally Australia (WA) A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:27:59.3
8th. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #12 [UNKNOWN] 3:13:19.3
12th. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland A. Schwarz M. Hiemer #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:19:14.4
6th. 2004 WRC Rally of Finland J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #16 [UNKNOWN] 3:11:52.3
7th. 2004 WRC Rallye Deutschland T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:07:41.6
11th. 2004 WRC Rallye Deutschland A. Schwarz M. Hiemer #11 [UNKNOWN] 4:15:22.3
22nd. 2004 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 2004 WRC Tour de Corse T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #11 [UNKNOWN] 4:21:26.7
8th. 2004 WRC Tour de Corse A. Schwarz M. Hiemer #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:20:59.7
9th. 2004 WRC Rallye Catalunya T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #12 [UNKNOWN] 3:45:21.4
11th. 2004 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Schwarz M. Hiemer #11 [UNKNOWN] 3:46:10.8
11th. 2003 WRC Rally Australia (WA) T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #15 [UNKNOWN] 3:42:17.3
12th. 2003 WRC Rally Australia (WA) D. Auriol D. Giraudet #14 [UNKNOWN] 3:43:15.2
12th. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo D. Auriol D. Giraudet #14 [UNKNOWN] 4:31:22.8
11th. 2003 WRC Tour de Corse T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #15 [UNKNOWN] 4:25:25.2
12th. 2003 WRC Rallye Catalunya T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #15 [UNKNOWN] 4:01:7.6
11th. 2003 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Auriol D. Giraudet #14 [UNKNOWN] 3:44:44

Skoda Fabia (1) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2009 WRC Rally Poland A. Mikkelsen O. Floene #16 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 2009 WRC Rally Norway P. Andersson A. Fredriksson #19 [UNKNOWN] SS13 clutch
Ret. 2007 WRC Rally Ireland E. Donnelly P. Kiely #22 [UNKNOWN] SS4 driveshaft
Ret. 2007 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 2007 WRC Rally of Finland J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #14 [UNKNOWN] SS21 crash
Ret. 2007 WRC Acropolis Rally F. Duval J. Elst #17 [UNKNOWN] SS4 radiator
Ret. 2007 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #22 [UNKNOWN] SS3 transmission
Ret. 2007 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #22 [UNKNOWN] SS10 steering
Ret. 2007 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #18 [UNKNOWN] SS3 suspension
Ret. 2006 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Aigner K. Wicha #12 [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 2006 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #15 [UNKNOWN] SS6 steering
Ret. 2006 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #15 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 2006 WRC Cyprus Rally H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] SS1 electronics
Ret. 2006 WRC Cyprus Rally A. Aigner K. Wicha #12 [UNKNOWN] SS1 radiator
Ret. 2006 WRC Rallye Deutschland F. Duval P. Pivato #18 [UNKNOWN] SS7 suspension
Ret. 2006 WRC Rallye Deutschland M. Kahle P. Göbel #21 [UNKNOWN] SS14 engine
Ret. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally F. Duval P. Pivato #18 [UNKNOWN] SS12 gearbox
Ret. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Aigner K. Wicha #12 [UNKNOWN] SS13 suspension
Ret. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] SS17 ?
Ret. 2006 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #17 [UNKNOWN] SS12 suspension
Ret. 2006 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #28 [UNKNOWN] SS1 electrics
Ret. 2006 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] SS6 suspension
Ret. 2006 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy H. Rovanperä R. Pietiläinen #11 [UNKNOWN] SS15 driveshaft
Ret. 2006 WRC Tour de Corse A. Aigner T. Gottschalk #12 [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 2006 WRC Swedish Rally M. Ekström S. Bergman #12 [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 2006 WRC Swedish Rally A. Aigner T. Gottschalk #11 [UNKNOWN] SS16 engine
Ret. 2006 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Duval P. Pivato #17 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Australia (WA) C. McRae N. Grist #12 [UNKNOWN] SS24 clutch
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Catalunya N. Vouilloz P. Pivato #20 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Bengué C. Escudero #12 [UNKNOWN] SS8 gearbox
Ret. 2005 WRC Tour de Corse A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS6 handling
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Japan M. Hirvonen J. Lehtinen #12 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Deutschland A. Bengué C. Escudero #12 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Deutschland A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Deutschland J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #16 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally of Finland J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #12 [UNKNOWN] SS5 could not get past Galli, damaged suspension in process
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Argentina J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #12 [UNKNOWN] SS5 suspension
Ret. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS3 engine
Ret. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] SS3 clutch
Ret. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] SS9 suspension
Ret. 2005 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #18 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS5 steering
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally of Turkey (Kemer) J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] SS8 suspension
Ret. 2005 WRC Cyprus Rally A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS4 clutch
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS10 clutch
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS12 disqualified
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally New Zealand J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] SS17 turbo
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally Mexico J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #12 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Swedish Rally J. Tuohino M. Markkula #12 [UNKNOWN] SS19 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Schwarz K. Wicha #11 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 2005 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Bengué C. Escudero #12 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Kopecky F. Schovanek #15 [UNKNOWN] SS6 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #12 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally Sardinia Italy A. Schwarz M. Hiemer #11 [UNKNOWN] SS8 suspension
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Schwarz M. Hiemer #11 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Paasonen J. Vainikka #18 [UNKNOWN] SS12 clutch
Ret. 2004 WRC Rallye Deutschland R. Kresta J. Tomanek #17 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 2004 WRC Acropolis Rally A. Schwarz M. Hiemer #11 [UNKNOWN] SS3 suspension
Ret. 2004 WRC Acropolis Rally T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #12 [UNKNOWN] SS9 suspension
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #15 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye Catalunya D. Auriol D. Giraudet #14 [UNKNOWN] SS9 clutch
Ret. 2003 WRC Tour de Corse D. Auriol D. Giraudet #14 [UNKNOWN] SS1 electrics
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye San Remo T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #15 [UNKNOWN] SS2 crash
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Finland D. Auriol D. Giraudet #14 [UNKNOWN] SS1 withdrawn - driver ill
Ret. 2003 WRC Rally of Finland T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #15 [UNKNOWN] SS14 engine
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye Deutschland D. Auriol D. Giraudet #14 [UNKNOWN] SS7 engine
Ret. 2003 WRC Rallye Deutschland T. Gardemeister P. Lukander #15 [UNKNOWN] SS13 transmission