Skoda Octavia RS-P to Debut at Targa Tasmania 2010

Skoda’s Australian division revealed today its Octavia RS-P will make its Australian tarmac rally debut in this year's Targa Tasmania. Based on the Octavia RS Wagon with 147kW turbocharged 2.0TSI engine, the RS-P’s ECU has been retuned resulting in over 190kW and 350Nm.

The vehicle retains its standard, paddleshift, 6-speed DSG transmission. However, fully adjustable racing dampers have been added along with a front strut-brace, and the brakes have been upgraded to 345mm discs with four-pot calipers up front and 310mm discs clamped by single piston calipers at the rear.

The rear seats have been removed, while front seats have been replaced by racing seats with six-point harnesses. Other additions include a fully-welded roll cage, rally instruments, intercom and safety equipment, fire extinguisher and fuel cut-off valve. The RS-P sits on 18-inch black alloy wheels wearing R-compound street-legal racing rubber.

“Targa Tasmania will be a great opportunity for Škoda Australia to showcase what the brand can do in the southern hemisphere’s premiere tarmac rally event with essentially an automatic Wagon,”
said Matthew Wiesner, Head of Škoda Australia.

“With over 100 years of experience in motorsport internationally, along with the experience of our competent drivers, it will give people in Australia a taste of what the brand does in Europe and the strength of our engineering and technology,” added Wiesner.

The Targa Tasmania event is scheduled to take place between April 27 - May 2 on a 2000km course made up of around 40 special closed road stages.
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