As a company that was born on two wheels, we are a proud sponsor of cycling events across multiple disciplines and countries.
With over 50 years of rally history, ŠKODA Motorsport continues to enjoy great success on the world stage.
When your heritage dates back over 120 years, to a single bicycle built by two friends, it’s fair to say that cycling is in your DNA. It’s this bond that forms the foundation of our cycling sponsorships here and overseas.
Internationally, we’re proud sponsors of the most famous cycling event in the world — the Tour de France. In fact, we’ve been the Tour’s official car supplier and partner since 2004.
Since then, we’ve proven that behind every great bike is a great car. Our fleet of around 250 ŠKODAs operates as neutral support vehicles, including road crews and logistics vehicles. A ŠKODA SUPERB also serves as the all-important Red Car — a technologically modified mobile command centre, from which the Tour Director manages the race. We also provide ongoing support to several admirable individuals, who we’re proud to call our ambassadors.
ŠKODA has had a long, eventful history with motorsport. Since 1901, ŠKODA has won titles all around the world in a range of vehicles. We began rallying in the 1960s with the OCTAVIA and 1000MB models, before progressing to the 110, 120 and 130 series. Over 50 years on — competing since 2015 with the FABIA R5 — we continue our winning ways.
In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, our rally drivers achieved great success with the FABIA R5 cars. Esapekka Lappi, Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký claimed the WRC2 Teams title in consecutive seasons, with Lappi winning the drivers’ title in 2016, too. Meanwhile, Kopecký won back-to-back Czech championship crowns, while Tidemand claimed the APRC title in 2015.
In 2016, our WRC2 season highlights included six wins, 14 podiums and 123 special stage wins from 10 starts. In the 2017 season, ŠKODA Motorsport is focused on defending titles in three championships in particular — the WRC2 Championship, the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and our home series, the Czech Rally Championship (MČR).