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First Octavia
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Interestingly, Skoda was a direct competitor for another Volkswagen subsidiary, Seat. At the time this seemed paradoxal but since then PSA has allowed both marques of the company, Peugeot and Citroen, to engage in WRC against each others. Where Seat was in big time, publicly aiming for podiums, wins and titles, Skoda started humbly. Even so humbly that both of their cars retired before first event, Monte Carlo 1999, even got under way.

Octavia WRC was developed from kit-car base and was a budget rally car more than anything else. Team was well aware of their limits and tried to work around those best they knew how. Generally, Octavia is considered to be too big and bulky to be succesful and without sufficient budget it is impossible to make any car winner, anyway. Instead of out-and-out performance, team concentrated on reliability and gaining experience for the future.

Unique features of Octavia include the fact that it is the only WRCar with five valves per cylinder. This offers no advantage and is more down to configuration of the base engine than anything else. Besides this, Octavia is very conventional in configuration.

Statistics
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Debut WRC event: Monte Carlo 1999
Best WRC result: 4th by Bruno Thiry in Great Britain 1999
Rallies contested: 13  (works entries)
WRC starts: 25  (works entries)
Outright wins: 0  
Podiums: 0  
DNF's: 12  (DNF's to starts ratio 48.0 %)
Points scored: 14  (manufacturer championship points)
Avg points per rally: 1.1  
Technical data
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Group and class World Rally Car
Engine
Location: Front transverse
Turbo: Yes
Cylinders: 4 in line
Valves: 20
Bore x stroke: 82.5 x 93.5 mm
Cubic capacity: 1997 cc
Power: 300 hp
Torque: 500 Nm
Compression ratio: 8.7:1
Dimensions
Length: 4511 mm
Width: 1770 mm
Height: 1429 mm
Wheelbase: 2512 mm
Front track: 1585 mm
Rear track: 1585 mm
Weight: 1230 kg
Transmission
Drive: 4WD
Gearbox: Longitudinal
Gears: 6
Sequential: Yes
Clutch plates: 2
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