Nikolay Gryazin tested new Fabia R5 evo

Nikolay Gryazin tested new Fabia R5 evo
Last week, the Russian driver tested the new Škoda Fabia R5 for the first time. He's going to drive it the rest of the WRC 2 season.

Tests took place in Finland on gravel roads near Jämsä. It rained throughout the session, and the conditions on the test site were very similar to those of the Wales Rally GB which Nikolay and his co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov are likely to meet with in October.
Николай Грязин - ралли Германия 2019
Thanks to rainy weather our crew had chance not only to estimate the new car and compare it to the old version (it was present at the tests as well) but also to start finding the settings which they can use at the British round of the WRC. The SRT driver was pleased with the new car: he was especially impressed by Fabia R5 evo behavior on wet gravel and the high settings potential.
Николай Грязин - ралли Германия 2019

Nikolay Gryazin
Driver
"I really liked the car. First impression – the new Fabia R5 is louder than the old one. It feels like the engine doesn't differ from the previous version – except that it added in torque. Besides, the gearbox has changed a little: gear ratios are selected in such a way that the first and second gears became closer, which is why the car takes off faster, which gives the impression of a more powerful engine in a way.
Николай Грязин - ралли Германия 2019
The suspension works differently: it has a longer stroke, the car nose dives more, rolls more, and this makes it easier to drive. It was sometimes necessary to act in advance with an old car, to predict its behavior. There is no such a thing here: the suspension copes with the road roughness more steadily, you can make the car turn at the last moment, which means it became safer to drive on, without fear of making a mistake. Driving style becomes more tight at the same time.
Николай Грязин - ралли Германия 2019
Clear and simple driving in wet conditions particularly surprised. The car holds on the road steadily and is very well controlled. Evo version is definitely faster than the old car on slippery roads – moreover, we almost did not change the basic settings that Škoda recommends. The new car has huge setting operation potential.
Николай Грязин - ралли Германия 2019
I was very pleased with new LCD displays on the dashboard, which provide the necessary information: the picture is clear and looks handy. Apart from that, everything remains the same inside. There is a slight difference in the gear lever, the handbrake looks a little different... in general, it is quite easy to get used to the controls of the new car."
Николай Грязин - ралли Германия 2019
In just two and a half weeks, everyone will be able to see the new car in action at Wales Rally GB. British event will take place in October 3-6. Before that Nikolay and Yaroslav will take part in the Nova Gorica rally with the VW Polo GTI R5.