SCALEXTRIC Škoda Fabia Works
|This Škoda made its WRC debut at Rallye Deutschland, round 8 of the 2003 World Rally Championship, on July
| The Škoda Motorsport driver line-up for that event
was Didier Auriol/Denis Giraudet and Toni Gardemeister/Paavo
The Škoda Fabia WRC was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March
2003 and was based on the new Fabia RS model that was also unveiled at the same time.
|The Škoda Fabia WRC (Left)
successfully passed its vital FIA homologation inspection,
receiving its formal homologation papers a month before on Tuesday July 1
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Scalextric Slot car is a nifty little 4 wheel drive Sport Limited
with the front wheels linked to the rear with a rubber band. The
firmness of the band is enough to stop the motor under power. The
tyres are slicks and are pretty true. They grip well and look
tampo printing is excellent and as far as I can see, it is as
exact as the real car. The paint, with the metallic green, red and
white is very well done. Chrome paint around the radiator grill
and on the exhaust pipe. The finish is precisely how the car was
run on the July 2003 WRC Rally in Germany with OZ 5-spoke wheels, colored
door handles and the
modified rear spoiler.
The form of the car is good. Difficult to find fault. I overlaid some photos, but couldn't pick up any major errors. The glass work seems better that previous models. The rear and front light covers are a perfect fit. Fly could learn a thing or two from this model.
|The co-drivers route
instructions are exactly the same as the other Scalextric WRC cars
(am I being too punctilious?).
|The driver's side is nicely
detailed with digital readouts and sequential shifter. The
interior has a full roll cage and a spare wheel sits on the back
|I think that if
Scalextric wish to go one step further, they could pay more
attention to the drivers. These poor guys look very plain and
ordinary with their plain faces and expressionless stares. Just
look at the Revell drivers.
|The rubber antennas on the roof ensure no breakages, but those on my model came a little limp. They could do with a little straightening. Minor issue though.|
|I opened the car up and
looked inside to take a photo or two. I drove the chassis around
by itself and found that the magnet to be really too strong. I
pulled out the mag, put the car together again and then had about
20 minutes of real fun sliding the car around the track. I could
feel the front wheels pulling the car around the corners and where
other cars would pup out of the slot, this one kept in. It did
de-slot, but only when pushed to the extremes. What a great drive.
The Škoda is faster that my other Scalextric Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer.
I'll put some times up soon.
|I normally have about 2.5 grams
of weight just behind the guide of my other rally cars. I'll try
some over the next few days to see if any improvement can be
|Here you see the band
connecting the axels. It works well and sound good too. It sound
like there is an engine under the hood - better that most slots.
See the big magnet - going on the fridge that one.
|You see that as with
other recent Scalextric models, it is ready for Sport Digital with
placement holders for the chip and a hole just behind the guide
for the optical sensor.
|The lights are the yellowish fronts and very bright red rears. Why no capacitor? Don't know. That would be a welcome feature to these great little cars. It is quite strange to see al lights go out under braking.|
– great car. Best rally car on the market that I have seen. Excellent finish
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