The Skoda Fabia vRS is up next, representing “Team Diesel.” It has a 1.9-liter inline-four turbo engine producing the same number of ponies as its rival, but with more torque, rated at 512 lb-ft (694 Nm). Among the modifications, we counted the turbo, injectors, camshaft, map sensor, valves and valve springs, and front mount intercooler. It also comes with a front-wheel drive system and a six-speed manual transmission, weighing in at 2,910 lbs. (1,320 kg).
The first time they went at it, they both had a great start. As a side note, the Skoda didn’t do any favors to diesel-powered cars, because it filled the track with black smoke. Environmentalists would have gone “mental,” as the brits would say, upon seeing this. As for who won, it was the GTI by a landslide. The second time around, the Fabia pulled itself together and held its own much better. Too bad it still lost, even though it was only by a hair.
I think it would be safe to say that the gasoline-engined VW Golf GTI simply... “smoked” its competition today. Even though it looks like Earth took one for the team as well.
The driver of the Skoda Fabia vRS raced to raise awarness for his little girl's condition. She was unfortunately diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1.