25 Years Of Škoda In The World Rally Championship
It was a year long test and development programme that saw the Octavia turn into the first of Škoda WRC entries. Škoda Motorsport entered the new WRC car in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1999. Complying with WRC regulations the Octavia was powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, with five valves per cylinder, producing the maximum permissible 300 hp and 500 Nm of torque. This rose to 600 Nm with further development.
The Octavia met the minimum weight of 1,230 kg and featured all wheel drive, now an essential feature in rallying. Technically this was Škoda’s most advanced and probably dynamic of all its rally cars. It was certainly more expensive and this was very different from those early rear engine cars with the additional traction.