Engineers whip up little beauty in five-day tweak
IT TOOK just five days to pull off, but Skoda Australia engineers – in a world coup – have produced a one-off RS Octavia that shows the car has much more to offer.
The team of engineers were given a free hand to tinker with the RS.
The RS-P (P for project) had its first on-track outing at Camden airport, near Sydney, with engineers evaluating its ride and handling.
The RS was given massive brakes, a 14-way adjustable suspension so engineers could adjust the ride height, dampening and rebound rates, a larger exhaust system and substantial bracing.
No changes were made to the engine – that comes next – although a new air filter and changes to the exhaust have already lifted power from the 2-litre TSI petrol engine from 147kW in the standard RS to 154kW.
Motoring journalists were given track rides and the verdict from the passenger seat: there’s still some understeer issues, but the car’s handling and braking is awesome.
Skoda plans to develop the RS-P further but is keeping tight lipped as to its future.