Wednesday 24 April 2024

The Skoda Kodiaq vRS meets Sabine Schmitz

ŠKODA sent racing driver Sabine Schmitz to the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife in the new ŠKODA Kodiaq vRS to complete a record-breaking lap. This was a chance for the Czech car maker to showcase the extraordinary performance of the Kodiaq vRS before the new flagship SUV is launched.

There is a teaser video of the preparations that went into camouflaged Kodiaq vRS’ successful record attempt, which you can watch here:

The full video will follow shortly, and the Skoda Kodiaq vRS will make its official debut in October at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Known as something of a Nordschleife expert, Sabine Schmitz is familiar with every one of the 73 corners and 300m of hills across the legendary 20.832-km-long circuit in the Eifel region.

Schmitz is the first and – to date – only woman to have won the famous 24-hour race there and was an obvious choice to pilot the family-friendly seven-seat performance SUV to the finish line in record-breaking time.

Fans of BBC’s Top Gear will know she is always up for a challenge around the circuit dubbed ‘Green Hell’, after trying desperately to take a Ford Transit van round in under 10 minutes.

Although in this instance Sabine wasn’t racing competitively, she did take a co-pilot along for the ride; František Drábek, Head of Compact Models at Skoda Auto, didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to experience the record-breaking lap from the passenger seat. Drábek played a major part in the development of the high-performance Kodiaq vRS and was now in the car during the lap, experiencing its capabilities on the extreme circuit.

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