DUFFY BUILDING SKODA MONSTER
Den Motorsport is helping create mad 2.5-litre Fabia S2000
Multiple Mull Rally winner Callum Duffy is in the process of building a one-of-a-kind Skoda Fabia S2000 with a Millington engine.
The car, purchased from Desi Henry, is in the process of being built up by Den Motorsport and will run on national sealed-surface events when it is completed between late March and early April.
Duffy purchased a Group A-spec Subaru last year, and did a shakedown on the Ulster Rally ready for Mull. He was leading the Scottish event before it was cancelled following Andrew Mort’s fatal accident.
“I had the idea last year before we bought the Subaru, but it just didn’t fall into place, we didn’t have the budget at that time,” explained Duffy. “The Subaru was a car I’d always wanted to drive so we went with it. We decided life’s too short and got the Skoda. We bought it from Desi Henry and we knew it was a good car. Obviously the problem with the S2000 is a lack of power, so we decided to put the Millington [engine] in. We did a bit of research and it’s going to happen. We’re getting there slowly but surely.”
The build hasn’t proved completely straightforward, with problems being experienced in converting the car to an engine it wasn’t originally designed for.
“We’ve tried to utilise a lot of the stuff that was in the Skoda already as it’s proven,” added Duffy. “We found out quickly the Skoda wiring won’t speak to the Millington [engine] management, so we had to rip everything out and re-wire the whole car. That’s taking a bit of time.
“We’re converting it from left-hand drive to right-hand drive as well, so we’ve had to have a special steering rack made. It’s the guys who make them for Formula 1 that are doing it, so it’s a proper job.”
Duffy joins a number of competitors converting to a Millington-powered modern cars, with John Stone the latest to join the club in a Fiesta S2000-shelled machine, originally run by Roger Moran.
“I had the option of a Fiesta as well, but my preference, it’s the Skoda,” added Duffy. “It’s a proven chassis that has been developed by works drivers, there’s a lot of work gone into them.
“It’s expensive but you’re getting a rally-winning car on paper.”
Duffy hasn’t identified a definitive championship to compete in, and will assess his options when the car is complete, but is eyeing the Triton Showers Irish National Championship as a potential destination for the car.