The Skoda Slavia is the seventh student concept car

The Skoda Slavia is the seventh student concept car

21.07.2020: 31 students from the ŠKODA vocational school create an exciting spider version of the ŠKODA Scala Slavia spider inspired by ŠKODA 1100 OHC sports prototype The Slavia name commemorates the anniversary of the company’s founding in 1895

    31 students from the ŠKODA vocational school create an exciting spider version of the ŠKODA Scala

    Slavia spider inspired by ŠKODA 1100 OHC sports prototype

    The Slavia name commemorates the anniversary of the company’s founding in 1895




The seventh ŠKODA Student Concept Car, designed by 31 trainees attending the renowned ŠKODA vocational school, links the past with the present: the open-top ŠKODA Slavia pays homage to this year’s ŠKODA AUTO anniversary by commemorating the name of the first bicycles produced by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement after they founded the company in 1895. The spider variant of the ŠKODA Scala combines the contemporary compact model’s bold and exciting lines with a common design standard from the earliest days of motoring, when most automobiles were open-top vehicles.




 From first draft to building this one-off car, the students completed every step themselves, with support from their instructors as well as ŠKODA experts in the Design, Production and Technical Development departments. This, the seventh ŠKODA Student Car since 2014, once again showcases the high standard of training at the ŠKODA vocational school in Mladá Boleslav.



Alois Kauer, who took over as Head of the ŠKODA Academy in February 2020, says, “The Student Car is the ŠKODA vocational school’s annual flagship project. For the seventh year running, our students are demonstrating the high standard of our in-house training by planning, designing and building an impressive one-off car. We enable them to design their dream car, working with professionals from our various departments. As a result, their training already familiarises them with processes that will become part of their working lives later on, when they graduate from our vocational school and embark on a career in our company.”



The seventh iteration of the ŠKODA Student Car marks the first time the project participants – comprising 31 trainees, among them five women – have chosen the ŠKODA Scala as the basis for their personal take on a dream car; turning the compact hatch model into a particularly sporty spider. By choosing the name Slavia to mark the ŠKODA AUTO anniversary year, they are commemorating the company’s first bicycles, produced by its founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement under the same name.




As in the production version of the Scala, the car’s distinctive design, defined by precise lines and sculpted surfaces, ensures that the spider variant, too, boasts a sporty and emotionally compelling appearance. The matching dynamic performance of the ŠKODA Slavia comes courtesy of the Scala’s familiar 1.5 TSI petrol engine with an output of 110 kW (150 PS), and a seven-speed DCT. Other carry-overs from the production model include the front and rear axle, steering, the complete electronics including cabling as well as the assistance systems. The instrument panel, Virtual Cockpit and infotainment system have also remained unchanged.




Slavia spider inspired by ŠKODA 1100 OHC sports prototype



In coming up with the idea for the Slavia spider, the trainees took inspiration from the ŠKODA 1100 OHC. Presented in 1957, this sports prototype was an open-top two-seater race car designed by ŠKODA for use in endurance rallies.




With its low and very aerodynamic body made of glass fibre‑reinforced plastic and a weight of just 550 kilograms, the ŠKODA 1100 OHC, powered by a 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine with an output of 92 PS, reached a top speed of 190 to 200 km/h, depending on the axle ratio. This race car is one of the milestones in ŠKODA’s 119-year motorsport history. One of the two prototypes built is now on display at the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav.






Comprehensive modifications to the body



To transform the Scala hatch into the open-top Slavia, following the example of the ŠKODA 1100 OHC, the trainees performed numerous modifications to the car’s body, redesigning many areas and adapting existing solutions. They reinforced the underbody, removed the roof and welded the rear doors in place, thereby turning a compact hatchback model with plenty of space for five people into an uncompromising two-door two-seater.




To redirect the airflow over the vehicle, they developed a special cover with hallmark twin speedster humps behind the seats, which blends into an equally new boot lid featuring an integrated rear spoiler. The students paid special attention to clean transitions on the A-pillars and doors. 20-inch alloy wheels from the ŠKODA Kodiaq vRS make for an especially sporty appearance. The brake system and wheel hubs come from the Octavia vRS. The redesigned underfloor area houses a modified exhaust system.






Special pearlescent paint finish in White Crystal Blue



The particular lustre of this concept car comes courtesy of the White Crystal Blue exterior colour contrasting with the black detailing on the front and rear aprons and side sills. The white high-tech paint finish consists of three layers resulting in a bluish pearlescent effect, which is emphasised by means of neon blue accents along the signature ŠKODA body lines as well as on the distinctive ŠKODA grille and the brand logo on the bonnet.




Programmable LEDs, positioned below the side sills carried over from the Scala Monte Carlo and behind the alloy wheels, provide user-configurable dynamic exterior ambient lighting in blue, red and white – the three colours of the Czech flag. The illuminated ŠKODA wordmark also doubles as indicator, brake light and reversing light. A “DRIVE 125 YEARS” badge on the front doors recalls the company’s founding in its anniversary year.




Sporty interior with white highlights




Sporty highlights in the interior are provided by four-point seat belts and special SPARCO racing seats, whose cushions and backrests have a black perforated leather finish. The seats’ side bolsters feature black carbon leather with white contrast stitching. These distinctive seams also add special appeal to numerous other interior elements finished in black leather, such as the centre armrest, shift lever gaiter, handbrake lever gaiter or the rear cover plates.



The same combination is found in the lower two-thirds of the steering wheel rim, while the upper third is finished in white leather, as is the shift lever knob. Finally, a particularly eye-catching detail is the black leather parcel shelf featuring two embroidered lions that house two sunken bass speakers. The subwoofer has an output of 2,250 watts, with the remaining speakers adding another 320 watts. The Slavia’s boot accommodates two ŠKODA electric scooters. The folding e-scooters are a perfect, eco-friendly solution for what is known as a journey’s “last mile”.



“The ŠKODA Slavia radiates a special dynamism even when parked. The new, humped rear cover, new boot lid and large wheels make for a very sporty appearance, which is further enhanced by the racing seats and four-point seat belts in the interior. The students have managed to imbue their vehicle with its own individual character while mastering the engineering challenges involved in turning a closed-body vehicle into an open-top spider,” says Zdeněk Stanke, team leader at the ŠKODA Academy.



Martin Slabihoudek, the head of the ŠKODA vocational school, adds, “Participating in the Student Car project is considered a great honour among the trainees at the ŠKODA vocational school. You’re given an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of what it’s like to design, develop and build a car from scratch, from the initial blank page to the finished vehicle. Being supported by experts from various departments is great, and they also shared some tricks of their trades with us. This is potentially invaluable for our subsequent careers. What I like most about the Slavia is the way in which playing with colours and light can result in amazing effects.”





Using the anniversary year to commemorate founding fathers Laurin and Klement


2020 marks the 125th anniversary of ŠKODA, and the students’ exciting spider concept car pays tribute to the company’s early days. By using the name Slavia, the trainees are commemorating the first business venture of founding fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, who started out in 1895 by repairing bicycles in Mladá Boleslav. Soon the duo began designing their own bikes, successfully marketing them under the brand name Slavia from 1896 onwards.



Reviving this historic name perfectly complements the students’ idea of taking the cutting-edge Scala on a journey through time, back to an era when the first automobiles were open-top vehicles. A classic spider is all about wild and free motoring. With its commitment to open-top enjoyment, the ŠKODA Slavia departs from convention and embodies a spirited, youthful and carefree attitude.




“Opting for the Slavia name shows that our trainees had their eyes not only on their own Student Car project, but also kept the entire company and its history in mind. By doing so, they’ve added a valuable and unique aspect to the ŠKODA anniversary year, and, as a result, become themselves part of our continuing success story,” says Jaromir Bátora, Development coordinator for the ŠKODA vocational school.



Ludvík Arazím, the electrician from the Azubi Car team, explains, “As this year marks ŠKODA’s 125th anniversary, we all agreed pretty quickly that we wanted to use our Student Car to pay tribute to the company’s origins and the early days of motoring. As an uncompromising spider, the Slavia follows in the footsteps of the open-top cars that defined the pioneering days of the automobile. Using the first brand name chosen by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement perfectly complements this homage.”




Traditional Student Cars underscore the quality of training at the ŠKODA Academy


Founded in 1927, the ŠKODA vocational school in Mladá Boleslav is known for its excellent standard of training. Since then, more than 23,000 students have graduated from the school. The current, 900-strong student body, is being taught in 13 different technical courses.




Each successful graduate of the school is offered employment at ŠKODA AUTO. In 2013, the vocational school became part of the ŠKODA Academy and established a new tradition in the form of the Student Car project. This annual project enables young talent to design an original vehicle and then build it themselves. The first such vehicle was the CITIJET in 2014, a two-seater version of the ŠKODA Citigo.



For the trainees, participating in the Student Car project represents a unique opportunity to apply and improve the skills they have learned in a practical context. The current student team were once again eager to interact with experts from all ŠKODA departments. They received valuable tips in the Development department, and during a visit at ŠKODA Design, department head Oliver Stefani and his team personally assisted the students with the creation of their first design sketches for the ŠKODA Slavia. The Production department provided recommendations for suitable materials and technologies such as 3D printing.




“The Student Car project provides our trainees with an intensive behind-the-scenes look at all development and production departments at ŠKODA. Learning from ŠKODA experts in various areas is a very enriching experience for our students. Sadly, this year’s coronavirus pandemic and the resulting social-distancing measures and plant closures have hampered this exchange to an extent.



It’s also had an impact on how the trainees could work together during the final construction phase of their vehicle. Nonetheless, their boundless enthusiasm, exemplary discipline and adherence to comprehensive hygiene and safety standards helped our students to come up with an impressive vehicle,” says Ivo Vollman, instructor at the ŠKODA Academy.




First precursors dating back to the 1970s




The students’ creativity and craftsmanship are increasing almost every year. The CITIJET was followed 12 months later by the FUNSTAR pick-up based on the ŠKODA Fabia, and then came the ATERO, a coupé take on the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback. 2017 saw the students return to the ŠKODA Citigo, this time with the all-electric ELEMENT.



The fifth Student Car, presented in 2018, was the SUNROQ convertible based on the ŠKODA Karoq, and in 2019 students transformed a ŠKODA Kodiaq into the impressive MOUNTIAQ pick-up. Early versions of the Student Car project date all the way back to the 1970s.



Following the construction of several small tractors and, later on, a ŠKODA 120 pick-up, 1975 saw trainees at the ŠKODA vocational school produce four exemplars of the ŠKODA BUGGY Type 736 by hand. One of these prototypes was carefully restored in 2017, again by trainees from the ŠKODA , and is now on display at the ŠKODA Museum in Mladá Boleslav.







Hermann Prax- photos Skoda





Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/skoda-slavia-student-concept-car---209409.html

21.07.2020 / MaP

More News

Ford introduces Active Range to Tourneo and Transit Connect with fresh style and capability to tackle outdoor adventures
21.07.2020
    Distinctive new Tourneo Connect Active people mover and Transit Connect Active van offer adventurous private and business customers improved rough-road capability and bold style    Enhance more >>
Update makes Mercedes-Benz G-Class even more desirable
15.07.2020
- Iconic off-road vehicle with more equipment and scope for greater personalisation available to order nowThe G-Class is continuing its over 40-year success story: From the manufacturing date 1 September 2020, the standard equipment for the iconic off-road more >>
Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series fact sheet
15.07.2020
  Drive and driving performances    4.0 litre V8 biturbo motor with dry sump lubrication, identification code M178 LS2    537 kW/730 hp max. output at 6700-6900 rpm    800 Nm max. torque at 2000-60 more >>
The new Mercedes AMG GT Black Series - The absolute pinnacle of the AMG GT Family
15.07.2020
The most powerful AMG V8 series engine of all time, the most expressive design, the most elaborate aerodynamics, the most intelligent material mix, the most distinctive driving dynamics: For the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (combine more >>
The Audi SQ7 and Audi SQ8 with V8 TFSI engine
15.07.2020
    4.0 TFSI engine for superior performance: 0–100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 seconds       Sport air suspension and all-wheel steering standard    European market launch beginning in autumn, more >>
All-New 2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door and First-Ever Four-Door Models
14.07.2020
Built Wild SUVs with Thrilling 4x4 Capability, Ready for Fun    Built Wild™: Ford Bronco returns as the flagship of a new all-4x4 family of rugged SUVs, with a classic two-door and a first-ever four-door; both are engineered with Built Wild Extreme D more >>
Family car: from the SEAT 1430 Estate to the all-new Leon Sportstourer
09.07.2020
    50 years after the SEAT 1430 5-door was born, SEAT celebrates the launch of the all-new SEAT Leon Sportstourer    In 1970, the SEAT 1430 received an estate five-door body, a vintage crossover, a saloon with van-like a more >>
Meet the Mercedes-Benz S-Class DIGITAL – first insights into the new luxury saloon
06.07.2020
Mercedes-Benz launches the new S-Class communication with digital specials on Mercedes me media   Mercedes-Benz is expanding its digital information platform w more >>
"Le MANSORY"
01.07.2020
MANSORY presents the complete conversion "Le MANSORY" based on the Ford GT - the cult super sports car from America, which became a legend through the film "Le Mans Under the motto "One car per decade", "Le MANSORY", which is limited to only 3 copies worldwide, forms another special edition on the occasion of MANSORY's 30th anniversary in 2020. more >>
The new BMW M3 Sedan and the new BMW M4 Coupé on the racetrack
01.07.2020
Final sprint on the way to the first row of the starting gridDriving dynamics tests on the new high-performance sports car under racetrack conditions deliver decisive insight into the ideal harmonisation of drive and transmission technology &ndash more >>
Eagle launches Ultimate E-Type - The legendary lightweight comprehensively re-engineered for the road
25.06.2020
    The most comprehensively upgraded E-Type ever built    8,000 hours of craftsmanship    Intoxicating blend of E-Type character with modern reliability, comfort and performance more >>
Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake R and Arteon R-Line world premiere
24.06.2020
One becomes two: world premiere of the new Arteon1 and Arteon Shooting Brake1 The vehicles are near-series prototypes. Fastback and Shooting Brake – there will be two versions of the Arteon in future   more >>
Life just got that much more exhilarating with the New MEGANE R.S. 300 TROPHY
24.06.2020
The New MEGANE R.S. 300 TROPHY is the ultimate fusion of exceptional design and heart-racing performance.The Trophy versions are renowned for their thoroughbred efficiency combining performance and accuracy, and the newest Renault MEGANE R.S. 300 TROPHY certainly lives up to this legacy. more >>
Lotus celebrates the Exige with sensational 20th anniversary Special Edition
24.06.2020
    Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary celebrates two decades of the critically acclaimed and thrilling two-seater    Uprated models feature enhanced exterior and interior spec, with a higher level of stand more >>
New Bentayga is first car of Bentley’s Beyond100 business strategy
24.06.2020
    Bentley to reveal new Bentayga at 17:00 BST on 30 June    Pinnacle SUV benchmark to be raised even higher    Bentayga to continue to have the widest brief of any car on sale more >>
Lamborghini SCV12: Squadra Corse hypercar ready to hit the track
23.06.2020
    Track-only limited edition hypercar world première is scheduled for summer 2020       The engine is the most powerful V12 from Lamborghini to date    Aerodynami more >>
The New CUPRA Ateca 2020
23.06.2020
The new recipe for the brand’s high-performance SUV    Updated exterior design to add an even more purposeful, confident look to the high-performance compact SUV    Interior design upgrades the cabin with a mo more >>
The new BMW M5 and BMW M5 Competition with photos
17.06.2020
  The arrival of the new BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km [26.6 – 26.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 242 – 239 g/km) and BMW M5 Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km [26.6 – 26. more >>
The new BMW M5 Competition
17.06.2020
• High-performance saloon fuses sports car driving dynamics with everyday usability.• Powered by a 625hp 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology.• Chassis tuned for on-track performance with the addition of new dampers.• Introduction of M Mode and larger 12.3-inch Central Information Display powered by BMW Opera more >>
Return of the Mach! Limited-Edition Mach 1 is Pinnacle of Mustang 5.0-Liter V8 Style and Performance
16.06.2020
    480 horsepower limited-edition Mach 1 sets a new standard of 5.0-liter V8 track-ready performance in the Mustang lineup while celebrating original model’s aggressive aerodynamic and handling enhancements    Six-speed manual transmission from Ford Performance and an available 10-speed automatic transmission provides capabili more >>
New SEAT Ateca 2020: reinvigorating the success story
15.06.2020
    The new SEAT Ateca 2020 brings a design evolution to the compact SUV thanks to its more emotional exterior design language and its updated interior       The SEAT Ateca becomes fully connected integrating in-car c more >>
All-electric Lexus UX 300e heralds new milestone in Lexus silent revolution
15.06.2020
    New urban crossover boasts class-leading noise, vibration, harshness (NVH) levels    Serenity of cabin environment pays tribute to the very first Lexus    All-electric drivetrain, advanced aerodynamics and extensive sound insulation contribute to a near-silent ride more >>
New Peugeot 308 Range
12.06.2020
The PEUGEOT 308 was named ‘Car of the Year’ at launch and since then over one and a half million vehicles have been sold. Now, the multi-award winning PEUGEOT 308 is being updated for the 2020 collection.  A new "Vertigo Blue" colour and two new alloy wheels will be available, whilst inside, the dashboard is equipped with a 100% digital PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® as well as a more >>
Mitsubishi Triton goes Xtreme
11.06.2020
•    R100 000 value package at only R40 000 more than current model - South Africa•    Xtreme package boasts a host of interior upgrades, including Android Auto / Car Play•    Bold looks fitting an adventurous and extreme lifestyle with unique external features including new bumper and grill combo more >>
New Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible - the perfect summer grand tourer
11.06.2020
    First full summer of global deliveries for new Continental GT V8 Convertible, joining W12-powered sibling       Beautiful and elegant design with the roof open or closed  more >>
Lifestyle estate in its 3rd generation: The new SKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT
10.06.2020
› Boasting off-road virtues, the new-generation OCTAVIA continues the SCOUT models’ success story› Multifunctional lifestyle estate with a rugged appearance and 15 mm more ground clearance› Even more spacious and the first OCTAVIA SCOUT with front-wheel drive on request more >>
Iconic Mustang Color Cyber Orange Now Offered for 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT
10.06.2020
What’s in a color? When it comes to orange, one of the most popular colors for Ford Mustang, a lot.Ford is introducing Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat for Mustang Mach-E GT – a bold, eye-catching premium exterior color designe more >>
Reservations open for all-electric new Fiat 500 Hatchback
09.06.2020
    Reservations for the New 500 ‘la Prima’ hatchback open    No deposit required to reserve New 500 ‘la Prima’ hatchback    Features include a  panoramic glass sunr more >>
E-Ducato, the new model from Fiat Professional: “100% Ducato, 100% Electric”
09.06.2020
    “World Environment Day” is the ideal opportunity to focus on Fiat Professional’s environment-friendly offering, now expanded with the E-Ducato, the electric version of the best seller.    Since its presenta more >>
New Ateca 2020: SEAT’s reinvigorated SUV success story is coming
08.06.2020
    The new SEAT Ateca 2020 brings a design evolution to the compact SUV thanks to its more emotional exterior design language and its updated interior    The compact SUV offers a fully connected user experience for customers    The new SEAT Ateca 2020 brings another levels of comfort and safety to the segment more >>
Bentley Bentayga - 20.000 pinnacle luxury SUVs
05.06.2020
    20,000 examples of the benchmark luxury SUV now built    Bentayga defined and has grown luxury SUV segment since launch    Four years of extraordinary adventures    Power, agility and record breaking performance    First step on Bentley’s journey to more >>
The new Audi A6 50 TFSI E Plug-in hybrid
05.06.2020
Compelling performance and advanced quattro drive combine with ample scope for near-silent electric-only driving in new Audi executive class efficiency champion    New plug-in hybrid A6 50 TFSI e Saloon now available priced from £52,790 OTR    Choice of Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung specification option more >>
New Toyota Hilux - More capable and more stylish
04.06.2020
    Striking new design for greater prestige and on-road presence    New 2.8 litre powertrain with improved on- and off-road performance    Enhanced on-board instrumentation and multimedia technology    Range-topping Invincible grade for dual-usage and leisure customers more >>
Initial facts about the new VW Arteon 1: preview to the virtual world première on June 24th
03.06.2020
First preview towards the new Arteon Shooting Brake and the Arteon. The vehicle is a near-production concept car. Dynamic four-door fastback to be updated and additionally launched in second body type as the Arteon Shooting Brake more >>
All-new BMW 4 Series Coupé Model variants
02.06.2020
BMW 420i Coupé:Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.Capacity: 1,998 cc, output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,max. torque: 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at 1,350 – 4,000 rpm.Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 7.5 seconds,top speed: 240 km/h (149 mph).Fuel consumption, combi more >>
The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé overview
02.06.2020
         The new BMW 4 Series Coupé is ready for launch. The latest generation of the sporty two-seater for the premium midsize segment underscores its distinctive character profile with both a vehicle concept focused squar more >>
All-New 2021 TLX Elevates Acura Sedan Performance with Turbo Power, Dedicated Platform and Expressive Styling
28.05.2020
    2021 TLX delivers on the muscular design and proportions previewed in the Type S Concept with a wide stance, low roofline and stretched wheelbase    With a standard 2.0-liter Turbo, TLX offers top of class power with 66 more horsepower and nearly 100 lbs.-ft more torque than the outgoing entry engine   more >>
Honda all new Jazz e:Hev creating- the most comfortable car in its class
27.05.2020
    New mat-structure seat design to boost driver and front passenger comfort    Enhanced lumbar and pelvic support increases body stability and reduces fatigue on longer journeys    Rear passengers also benefit from increased support, thicker seat padding and extra legroom    Focus on more >>
Introducing the new Citroen C1 JCC+ Special Edition
27.05.2020
- inspired by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac    Following the colourful E-Méhari Art Car in May 2018 and the Citroën C3 JCC+ in September 2018, it is now time for Citroën’s C1 to lend its lines to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's imagination. more >>

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright