If there’s one thing we admire at Watercooled Society, it’s the blood, sweat and tears that go into a home build. And that is exactly what we’re bringing to you this week. Jake’s Fabia vRS has gone through one hell of an overhaul. Owning this car for more than 6 years, it’s seen some pretty different looks. The show stage has been and gone for this car, leaving only one thing on Jake’s mind; Race car. And what a job he’s done. This example has a spec list longer than the menu from your local Chinese takeaway…
Let’s begin with the heart of this beast. It’s the well-known 1.9 ASZ PD130 engine, just with a few little tweaks. With an uprated Garrett GTB 2260vk turbo, ARP head bolt stud and nut conversion, Owen developments race PD injectors with 80% nozzles, Darkside front mount intercooler and pipework, Darkside tubular exhaust manifold, 3” downpipe with 2.5” straight through, Darkside performance inlet manifold, MAF delete, and a Mocal remote oil cooler, and of course the all important Darkside remap, Jake has an impressive 270bhp and 400ftlbs torque to play with. Lets just say, this car was built to be driven. And he drives it, well. The Sachs organic race sintered clutch, with single mass flywheel conversion and Quaife limited slip diff ensures that all of this power gets to the road within a minimum of fuss. The modified to fit CAE shifter definitely suits this build.
And with all that power, obviously some serious stopping power was required. And the job is done very, very well with the K Sport 8pot calipers. Teamed with 330mm 2 piece discs, and Ferodo DS2500 pads up front. The rear has been given Octavia 256mm calipers, tarrox grooved discs and Ferodo performance pads. And of course, the brake lines had to be upgraded to HEL braided items.
Sitting perfectly over these are the gorgeous Compomotive MO6 motorsport wheels. How could he choose anything other than comps? In 17×8″ flavour and powder coated grey, they finish this cars look off perfectly. Wrapped in super sticky Federal 595RSR’s they benefit the car hugely, as with all that power, a decent amount of grip is something of a necessity.
BC coilovers paired up with solid top mounts and Powerflex polybushes throughout really help give the Fabia the stability required when giving it some serious hacking around a track. A larger diameter KW front anti roll bar up front and White line rear anti roll bar really helps complete the set-up. The standard engine and gearbox mounts have been swapped out for Vibratechnics.
In it’s previous life, this little Skoda was originally silver. However, with that much power, Jake decided having a much louder colour would suit it more. And after seeing a beautiful example of BMW’s M3 in this Fire Orange at work, he knew that’s what he needed. So off it went for its transformation. Let’s just say, it’s certainly not a car that won’t get a lot of attention while out and about.
Moving onto the interior, there’s many parts of this that we love. The fully stripped out cockpit is complimented by a full MSA spec weld in cage, completed by Tylah Motorsport. Bride bucket seats mounted on Recaro seat frames keep you in place, with the added safety of OMP 2” harnesses. An OMP dished steering wheel with a quick release boss really finishes off the interior. And of course, the Race Technologies Dash2Pro fully digital dash is a very nice addition to this build.
Most of this build has been completed by Jake, and has a serious amount of man-hours in it. Im sure there is still more that he wants to do, but for now we love this build. And we also love the fact he’s built it to be driven. Whether that’s on a track day, or late night drives exploring the country roads. If you see an orange blur fly past you, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was this. Kudos Jake. We look forward to seeing any more progress!
Written by Hayley Brzezinski
Photos by Ross Penny Photography