In 1964, the brand built an F3 monoposto fitted with a ŠKODA 1000 MB engine
and exhibited the car at the Brussels Motor Show. In the 1965–1970 seasons, this model
won numerous podium positions in the Czechoslovak championship and the Eastern
Bloc Cup which Miroslav Fousek won (overall) in 1968. When the FIA increased the F3
engine volume to 1,600 cm3 from 1971 onwards, the local F3 cars were out of the game.
ŠKODA donated one of its F3 cars to the National Technical Museum.
The brand’s subsidiary plant
in Vrchlabí built an F3 monoposto
named LUCIA: a total of three cars
were produced. This one was
photographed at Hoškovice
Airport (1967). The vehicles’ one-litre
engines had an output of up to
60 kW (90 hp) at 8,600 rpm
and reached speeds of up to
200 kph. The suspension system
of LUCIA was outside the body.
Fitted with the Š 1000 MB engine, the ŠKODA F3
was introduced in April 1964. Thanks to the knowledge
gained from the wind tunnel, the designers placed
the springs and shock absorbers in the body, reportedly
the world’s first solution of its kind in the monoposto
category. Four vehicles were produced. Václav Bobek Sr.
at the Flora Olomouc Cup in 1969.
ŠKODA BUGGY (1971), an autocross car used by Oldřich Brunclík,
another factory team legend. Brunclík used this car throughout
the 1971 season and eventually won the under-1,000 cm3 class
in the Czechoslovak Championship. In addition to that, Milan Žid
won the one-litre class, but the plant abandoned its autocross
activities the following season.
14 | 120 years on the racetrack
Into the mud!
In 1969, Czechoslovakia saw the first local
autocross event, and in 1971 a national
championship was established. The brand
prepared two cars with 1.0 and 1.1 l engines, respectively, and both performed
very well throughout the season. Although
that was practically the brand’s entire
presence in this motorsport segment,
ŠKODA no doubt stood at the cradle of
Czechoslovak autocross. In the following
years, several private drivers used the
ŠKODA 720 engine in their cars, primarily
Jiří Bartoš, the 1990 European Champion.