Škoda to present new design concepts at 21st ‘festival of speed’

Škoda will present some of its latest design concepts, including the stunning Vision C, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Photo: Škoda Auto.
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Vision C among those designs to be flaunted at event in Goodwood, UK

Mladá Boleslav/Goodwood, June 25 — Škoda will once again be showing its sporty racing side at this year’s 21st Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking place June 26–29 in the United Kingdom. The brand will be presenting the racy design concepts, the Škoda Yeti XTreme and Škoda Vision C, alongside the Škoda Citigo Monte Carlo as emotional product highlights. The rally cars Škoda Fabia Super 2000 and the record-breaking Škoda Octavia vRS Bonneville Special will also make an appearance on the racetrack. Racing bike fans can also look forward to a dynamic two-wheel racing experience.

Škoda UK has been a partner of the festival for four years. Each year, around 200,000 visitors flock to the world’s largest event for historic motorsport attracts in Goodwood, southern England. Historical and modern vehicles of all categories are presented on the 1.7 km in-house racetrack and a special rally course.

“Škoda has been one of the big names in international motorsport for the past 113 years,” says Škoda’s head of sales, Werner Eichhorn. “The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an absolute highlight in the annual motor racing calendar. Through working with Škoda UK, we have the opportunity to present our expertise in technology and motorsports in a particularly dynamic and emotional environment.”

At the Škoda pavilion, visitors can look forward to two special UK premieres from Mladá Boleslav. The brand has transformed their popular compact SUV into the Škoda Yeti Xtreme — a solid and sporty concept rally design. The vehicle was first shown a few weeks ago at the GTI-Meet at Wörthersee. Some of the design highlights of the Yeti Xtreme include 17-inch alloy wheels, large off-road tires, tinted windows, powerful bumpers, LED headlights, striking fenders, strong sills and two wide exhaust pipes. The interior also features suitable rallying equipment with four Recaro sports seats, a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles, carbon panels and an aluminum vehicle floor. Also on board, there is a belt cutter and fire extinguishers, and the dashboard even has an iPad holder.

The Škoda Vision Cwas one of the stars at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The dynamic and elegant, five-door coupé concept boasts expressive designs, minimalist lines and perfect proportions. The vehicle heralds the next evolutionary step in Škoda’s design language and also shows the possibilities in innovative body concepts. In addition, the Vision Cunderlines the brand's values in terms of functionality and ecology with a spacious interior, an innovative natural gas engine and excellent aerodynamics.

The third vehicle the Czech manufacturer will be presenting off the racetrack is the Škoda Citigo Monte Carlo. The derivative drives up on black 15-inch alloy wheels. With the sports suspension lowered by 15 millimeters, the car is slightly lower on the ground than the standard Citigo. It has tinted windows, a black front and rear spoiler, a black diffuser and grille and black door mirror housings. The car also features a sporty interior, including a 3-spoke sports steering wheel, black roof liner, black interior trim and Monte Carlo seat covers.

Škoda will also be showing its sporty and emotional potential at the Goodwood racetrack. The most successful Škoda rally car of all time will be on the starting line of the “Forest Rally Stage,” the Škoda Fabia Super 2000. This car is one of the world's most successful rally cars of the Super 2000 class. In 2013, the Škoda Fabia Super 2000 won three continental rally championships in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2014, Škoda will be taking part in selected races of the European Rally Championship (ERC) and the Asia-Pacific Championship (APRC) with the Škoda Fabia Super 2000. The “Forest Rally Stage” runs 2.5 km over a gravel forest road.

Škoda’s record-breaking Octavia vRS Bonneville Special will be showing off its power. This model is the world’s fastest car with a 2-litre turbocharged engine. At 365 km/h, the Octavia vRS Bonneville Special set the new high-speed record in August 2011 at the U.S. Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Alongside the sporty model highlights, Škoda will also be offering visitors fantastic racing action on two wheels. The brand will be presenting its great tradition in cycling and numerous activities in the international world of cycling at the Škoda pavilion. Visitors will also have the chance to ride around a specially designed track at Goodwood on bicycles from the current Škoda bike range as part of the “Ride the Škoda Summit” event. It was with the production of bicycles that the founding fathers Laurin and Klement first laid the foundations for the success of the Škoda brand in 1895. The company’s strong connection to the world of cycling can be seen in their wide and varied sponsorship of renowned cycling races, including the Tour de France. Škoda also remains committed to supporting amateur cycling events.


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