Based on the latest production model, the car with which Skoda will compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats rides almost 80mm closer to the ground and features a new sub-frame that houses a race prepared intercooler.
While it retains the production model’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol unit, engineers replaced the standard turbo with a more advanced unit from Garret producing 26-28 PSI of boost pressure and modified the engine to run on a high-octane race fuel (with water methanol mix) instead of unleaded petrol. The result is a blistering output of up to 600-horsepower and 450Nm (331.9 lb-ft) of peak torque.
The Octavia vRS also gets a standard suite of safety features such as means a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage.
Skoda will enter the car in the ‘2.0-litre production car’ category and will race it over a nine-mile straight, which includes a timed mile in the middle of the course.