Skoda 200 RS: Rework of a Classic

The ŠKODA 200 RS racing special  is actually the predecessor of the legendary and much more successful 130 RS

Škoda designers have dusted off the somewhat unknown history of the model, which remained in the shadow after the famous Škoda 130 RS.

The Škoda 200 RS was supposed to be a recipe for Škoda’s success in motorsport. It was built in 1973, and at that time, it was a real “hit”. Compared to the standard Škoda 110 R coupe, the particular racing car has a four-cylinder drilled up to 1,997 cubic centimetres and 163 kW. Together with the lightweight body, which used aluminium parts, the coupe reached a top speed of up to 210 km / h. The engine was moved 100 mm forward as well as the extended wheelbase hid in the muscular fenders. Škoda tested its sports equipment in domestic competitions over the next two seasons. Still, the car was not fast enough to beat its competitors, especially the Renault Alpine A110.

However, the quick demise of the 200 RS had a completely different reason. It was a change of the rules. And so, the much more famous Škoda 130 RS entered the scene in 1975. In the end, only two such cars were built. The predecessor of the sports icon, which eventually beat the models of famous Western brands on the tracks, was slowly forgotten.

Designer Daniel Peter has worked for Škoda in its design centre for several years. Decided to dust off this part of Škoda’s sports history as part of the “Icons in a New Coat” project. During his career, he has developed into a specialist in sports derivatives. He is very close to this Škoda RS 200.

For example, he designed the Monte Carlo and RS versions and had a major input in the development of the Octavia WRC, Fabia WRC, Fabia S2000 and even Fabia Rally2 Evo. “When designing, I tried to keep the red and white graphics that were typical of the 200 RS. At the time, it was factory paint. I also transferred some details to the new form, but I didn’t want to make the car look like the original at first glance, “says Daniel. “I wanted the progress to be seen and the car to be truly modern.” The car’s silhouette is reminiscent of the original 200 RS, which had a 150 mm lowered roof compared to the standard 110 R coupe. Sharply cut shapes with modern details such as triangular LED lights, air intake vents on the top, unusually designed rear-view mirrors or a large rear diffuser make Daniel’s interpretation a modern supersport.

The attentive eye will not miss other notices reminiscent of the past. The graphics of the side windows, radiator grille, rear spoiler, or gold wheels clearly reference the original Škoda 200 RS. In doing so, Daniel tried to make the proposal realistic. “Finding a compromise between functionality and beautiful design in racing specials is always a challenge.
“he states. The car is not “completely out”. The details are designed to work. “I was thinking, for example, about engine and brake cooling, aerodynamic elements and overall ergonomics,” explains the designer. Unfortunately, the modern interpretation of the Škoda 200 RS will remain only on paper.

As part of the Škoda’s Icons in a New Coat project, we will probably see more prototypes, even only on drawing, as we already covered the Ferat by Baptiste de Brugiere

Sources: Škoda Auto, Škoda Storyboard

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