july 29, 2021 - Skoda Racing

ŠKODA F3, Type 992 (1964): European-class Formula racing car

› The ŠKODA F3 monoposto was one of the top #racing cars in the eponymous formula #racing category in the 1960s
› Technology adopted from the ŠKODA 1000 MB, 1.0 l rear engine with an output of 90 hp, weighing 420 kilograms and a top speed of 210 km/h
› Jaroslav Bobek won the Czechoslovak championship in 1966, Miroslav Fousek triumphed in the F3 championship for Communist countries in 1968

Mladá Boleslav, 29 July 2021 – When the regulations for the traditional Formula 3 monoposto category changed in 1964, ŠKODA was able to respond quickly thanks to the 1000 MB, which was already under development at the time. Three all-new single-seaters competed during the 1965 season with the experienced drivers Václav and Jaroslav Bobek and Miroslav Fousek. The newly established formula class also offered the brand and its drivers a unique opportunity to take on the competition from Western Europe.

In addition to the full selection of images accompanying this press release, the 32-page brochure and a comprehensive collection of articles and features on various topics from 120 years of ŠKODA Motorsport can be found on the ŠKODA Storyboard.

The Czechoslovak Grand Prix in September 1949 was to be the last international automobile race in the then Communist country for a long time. The big stars of the Grand Prix on the Masaryk Circuit were later involved in founding Formula 1. At the last race, enthusiasm made up for the lack of financial resources, materials and political will. Under the most modest conditions, single-seater #racing cars were built that met the specifications of international Formula #racing.

The first Formula 3 races took place at the end of the 1940s. In terms of engines, affordable 500 cm3 single-cylinder motorbike engines were used, which subsequently became widely adopted. In 1951, the series was renamed ‘International F3’. However, by the end of the 1950s, the more modern Formula Junior with series-produced four-cylinder engines under 1,100 cm3 displacement had debuted in Italy. This finally evolved into the classic Formula 3, with cars with displacements of up to 1,000 cm3 on 1 January 1964.

ŠKODA’s monoposto project was given the designation Š 992 in Mladá Boleslav – a reference to its technical similarity to the Š 990 type, which was ready for series production as the newly designed ŠKODA 1000 MB model in spring 1964. The first Š 992 single seater was completed in February 1964. It had a tubular steel trellis frame and independent suspension, with trapezoidal half-axles at the front and five-link suspension at the rear. An advanced solution – even by international standards – was to mount coil springs and shock absorbers on both axles inside the body, which had a positive effect on the monoposto’s aerodynamics.

The adjustable shock absorbers made it possible to vary the car’s ground clearance. Its 13-inch alloy wheels with Dunlop tyres were braked by four disc brakes from the British manufacturer Girling. A ŠKODA in-line four-cylinder engine with OHV valve control and a triple-bearing crankshaft was fitted longitudinally in front of the rear axle. This drivetrain was produced with numerous modifications until 2003 and was last used in the first-generation ŠKODA FABIA. 

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