How Students Make Their Dream Car

How Students Make Their Dream Car

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A unique car, the MOUNTIAQ, has been built in Mladá Boleslav, the home of ŠKODA, by a team of select apprentices from the local vocational college. This vehicle is all their own work, from the initial design down to the last detail.

27. 5. 2019

It all started at the end of last year, when apprentices involved in the sixth annual student concept car Azubi Car Project met to create a unique vehicle, the likes of which had never been seen before. They decided to use the ŠKODA KODIAQ as a base and transform it into a pick-up on massive wheels.

“We wanted the car to stand out instantly from all the other Azubi Cars there had been, so we opted to build a large truck that could cope with unpaved services and expeditions. The range of equipment will include a winch. We were the first project team to devise our own logo, which will even be stitched into the seats,” say the logistics team’s Melanie Grmolenská and Adéla Karvánková.

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Adéla Karvánková
apprentice, logistics team
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Melanie Grmolenská
apprentice, logistics team

The vehicle development itself begins with sketches. The team then get together to consult all the sketches and incorporate features from each design into the final form of the car. This year, ŠKODA chief designer Oliver Stefani helped the apprentices to deal with this stage. The youngsters then pitched the resulting design to the ŠKODA Board of Directors. This means that, right from the beginning, apprentices learn the important skill of being able to sell and defend their ideas. Once they get the green light, they can take the design off the paper and into the workshop.

Apprentices studying various fields worked together on the project. They included car mechanics, car electricians, body builders and painters. Nor was the important role of logistics overlooked. The apprentices ’ participation is entirely voluntary, and their acceptance into the team is viewed as a major achievement. Let’s see how well this year’s team performed.

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The logistics team was responsible for the dates of meetings and consultations, and kept an eye on all deadlines. “It is our responsibility to schedule meetings and ensure that everyone comes along. We need to check that the plan is being followed. During our pitch, members of the Board of Directors explained that keeping to the schedule and deadlines is of paramount importance. When the car is finished, it is up to us to showcase it to the public,” explain the logistics unit’s Adéla and Melanie.

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Tomáš Harasim worked on the car in the body shop. “I’m doing a welding course, but the student concept car Azubi Car Project is a whole different kettle of fish. On my welding course, we weld two pieces of sheet metal together. In this project, I get my hands on a real car. At first it was daunting, but after I made my first cut into the body, the nervousness disappeared,” he explains. He also notes that big changes have been made to the KODIAQ bodywork.

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Tomáš Harasim
apprentice, body shop
David-Bernard
David Bernard
supervisor, body shop

An integral role is played by the team of teachers, who ensure the quality and smooth progress of the work. In the body shop, Tomáš and the others were able to draw on the expertise of supervisor David Bernard. “I try to encourage pupils to do as much work as they can themselves. But they still need guidance to build the car to the highest quality we expect. It’s no easy task, but, speaking for the body builders, I think we’ve all done a great job,” says Bernard as he praises the work.

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At the same time as further work was being carried out in the paint shop, the functionality of accessories such as the winch was tested in the mechanics’ workshop. “What you see here is just a model that we can run all the tests on. As soon as the car comes out of the paint shop ready, we will install the accessories we have tested,” explains teacher Aleš Zíta. Massive wheels were ready and waiting to be mounted in in the workshop. This is where they ultimately breathed life into the car by installing all its features. They also worked hard on the electrical wiring here.

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Aleš Zíta
teacher, mechanics' workshop

“We have invented gadgets that had never occurred to anyone in previous years. For example, we have backlit the radiator grille and illuminated the engine and deck. The car’s external lighting has been customised. After all, an off-road vehicle needs a lot of light,” explain Miloš Přiklopil, studying to be a car electrician, and supervisor Zdeněk Krézek.

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Miloš Přiklopil
apprentice - electrician
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Zdeněk Krézek
supervisor, electrician

All the teachers agree that the greatest challenges are to get the car built by the deadline and to instil in apprentices the ability to think not only about the work itself, but also to realise that the time factor plays an important role in the project. 

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Dominik Dědina
apprentice, mechanics' workshop

“It has always been my dream to build a car. The student concept car Azubi Car Project has helped that to come true, and it’s an incredible feeling,” sums up future car mechanic Dominik Dědina.


HOW TIME FLIES
WITH AZUBI CAR

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Citijet

ŠKODA CITIJET, 2014

The first project and the first open ŠKODA competition after many decades. The “Little Bruiser” as it was called, had to win its place in the sun and create the Azubi Car project’s good name in ŠKODA. And that’s what it did.

The students decided to build a stylish convertible based on the base model CITIGO. Inside, two seats; outside two colors - blue and white. Blue alloy sports wheels were also painted in blue and the car featured a hand-manufactured rear spoiler and a two piece exhaust. This sporty treasure ran its 1.0 MPI gas engine at 55 kW of horsepower.

Funstar

ŠKODA FUNSTAR, 2015

The second year is perhaps a difficult position to be in, because the year was full of expectations that the second year’s result would outperform the first’s. Students did the best they could however, when they created an entirely new car. Courageous, original and playfull, the FUNSTAR took breathes away.

A courageous design study, a fierce and unconventional sports car. Experts and journalists were profuse with their praises, and unanimously proclaimed that coach builder pickup really did suit the FABIA. The icing on the cake was the sound system which performed famously at 1,400 watts. The ŠKODA FUNSTAR became a hit on social media sites.

Atero

ŠKODA ATERO, 2016

The third apprentice vehicle in line could not afford any hesitation - the apprentices spent an unbelievable 1,300 hours on the ATERO model. The over-4 meter coupe was based on the RAPID SPACEBACK model and the rebuilding was slightly larger than the previous two vehicles.

Since the roof of the car sloped earlier than the original model, it was necessary to remake both the B and C pillars, or alternatively, the size of the doors. But the result was worth it. The ATERO is fantastic, very emotional coupe which radiates every passion for cars that is in the ŠKODA brand. It must be said that the concept of dreams wasn’t even lost on the market either.

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ŠKODA ELEMENT, 2017

The ŠKODA ELEMENT is based on the smallest model offered by ŠKODA, the CITIGO, and is powered by an electric motor.

It allows 100% relaxation in the countryside or at the beach. The ELEMENT also has a refrigerator as well as a 108 cm (diagonal) TV, which is located on the lid of the fifth door.

ŠKODA SUNROQ

ŠKODA SUNROQ, 2018

The fifth Azubi Car fuses the popularity of SUVs and the sense of freedom you get from driving with the top down. You can almost smell the sea and feel the sun and beach every time you look at it. Welcome to the SUNROQ, the student-built convertible based on the KAROQ.

The SUNROQ keeps to the KAROQ’s length, width and wheelbase and even retains the powerful four-cylinder 1.5 TSI engine. The body, however, has been transformed almost beyond recognition. The students not only removed the roof, adjusted the doors and redesigned the A and B pillars, but also

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