Before the Circuit of Ireland kicked off last weekend, I was offered the opportunity to experience a Skoda Fabia S2000 first hand. Thankfully for everyone involved, I would be the passenger and not the driver. In the capable of hands of Robert Barrable, I had the pleasure of the world’s fastest tour of the Northern Irish countryside. This was only Robert’s second time on the shakedown stage but you wouldn’t know it. I made sure to capture the entire run to share with you, I hope you enjoy it nearly as much as I did.
Funny thing is, that's just a shakedown run. Imagine when he's really attacking the stage. That's gonna be some killer speed. U gotta love rallying. Thanks for the video.
Animator: I doubt those gearboxes could even care about a stage like that. After all, everything on a rally car is designed to last for many stages before it sees a service, and in much harsher conditions than these. If the transmission needed to replace after a stage like this, it would never last on something like Acropolis or the Safari Rally. I'd be willing to be they typically only rebuild transmissions between rallies, assuming they're allowed to do it even that often.
I think I might sound a bit ignorant, but I didn't know that you could downshift to 1st so smoothly with a sequential transmission. Either way, like Animator480 said, having such control on narrow roads must require a lot of skill! The jump at 3:42 must have been fun too.