Beware, this is not some kind of render, but a real life car, as a group of enthusiasts actually took an Audi R8 and built a Skoda R200 that pays homage to the Czech firm’s 130RS out of the German supercar.
The Skoda 130 RS was Skoda’s most successful racing car of all time and it’s only natural that there is a nostalgia for this model in countries that were at the east of the Iron Curtain.
What better proof that the Skoda 130 RS is still popular than this modern reinterpretation of the car built by Czech enthusiasts? Based on a first-generation Audi R8, the R200 Non-Fiction, as the car is called, has been unveiled at Prague’s DOX Center for Contemporary Art.
Designed by Petr Novák, the R200 Non-Fiction is a tribute to the Skoda 130 RS, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The styling of the car is obviously a tribute to Skoda’s rear-engined, rear-wheel drive rally car, and we’re sure some will love it – others, not so much. Despite the questionable styling, there’s no denying that the car looks pretty well put together. That’s because it was built by Metal Hoffmann, a company that works with automakers like Bentley, Volkswagen and Volvo. The body panels are made of aluminum and are fitted to a first-generation Audi R8 chassis.
This means the car is powered by a mid-mounted 4.2-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission that produces 420PS (414hp) and 430Nm (317lb-ft) of torque. No performance specs were released, but considering that the R200 Non-Fiction should weigh about the same as an Audi R8 (1,635 kg), it should be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and to reach a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph)
Marek Hoffmann, the director of Metal Hoffmann, promised the car will reach low-volume production – i.e. not more than two vehicles per month. That’s because the R200 Non-Fiction requires a lot of manual labor. We would add that the prohibitive starting price of about €255,000 (approximately $273,000) will also contribute to the extremely low production. The car will be on display at Prague’s DOX until May 11.
Hat tip to Miro!