Sports cars on a motorway access road in Mladá Boleslav;
spring 1974. The ŠKODA 120 S rally car; series-production
ŠKODA 110 L Rally for novice drivers produced from 1971;
ŠKODA SPIDER I and ŠKODA 110 R Coupé adapted
for the prototype group B5.
OF THE RS ERA
After the discontinuation of the ŠKODA 720 project, Mladá Boleslav
cars with small-volume rear-mounted engines became the prospect
and reality for the next twenty years, and they laid solid foundations for
the brand’s further motorsport efforts. The more water, snow or ice, the more
the drive characteristics of these “all-in-the-rear” ŠKODAs stood out.
In mid-March 1974, the plant built two ŠKODA 200 RS cars
and one ŠKODA 180 RS, both coded Š 734. The cars’ modified
bodies were based on the series-produced ŠKODA 110 R Coupé
and were fitted with rear-mounted Š 720 engines with 1,997 cm3
and 1,771 cm3, respectively. The vehicles were officially
presented in June of that year. The ŠKODA 200 RS
driven by Oldřich Horsák / Jiří Motal.
As the latest FIA regulations allowed the homologation
of only three prototypes, the brand developed a new
sports car in the spring of 1975, the ŠKODA 130 RS, first
with racing specifications. Derived from the standard
ŠKODA 110 R Coupé, the vehicle was a great motorsport
contender for the following eight seasons.
16 | 120 years on the racetrack