Unrestricted wouldn’t be my word of choice to describe the Skoda Fabia R5+ that will take on the 100 Acre Wood Rally, though, but it’s better than nothing. Jokes aside, Ken describes the Czech subcompact hatchback as “a beast” because it’s the most successful rally car ever in the R5 category.
“It’s also very similar to the Fiesta R5 that I recently drove to the overall win at Rally Barbados - but apparently, a bit better based on its historic results,” added Block. For their 10th participation in the 100 Acre Wood Rally, Mr. Gymkhana and Alex Gelsomino are gunning for their 8th victory.
What comes as thoroughly surprising is that Skoda isn’t selling cars in the United States of America. Owned by the Volkswagen Group since 1994, the Czech automaker will obviously get a lot of publicity from this pairing.
As for the specifications of the Fabia R5+, we haven’t been offered any. The American Rally Association doesn’t follow FIA regulations, which means that we’re looking at a Fabia R5 with modded oily bits and aero. ARA mandates a turbo inlet restrictor, so don’t expect very crazy numbers.
On an ending note, this weekend is certainly going to be exciting for American rally fans because Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino will square off against the Subaru WRX STI-driving Travis Pastrana and Rhianon Gelsomino.