DUFFY BUILD­ING SKODA MON­STER

Den Mo­tor­sport is help­ing cre­ate mad 2.5-litre Fabia S2000

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

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.

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