› 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
› First precursors of the traditional annual Student Concept Car date back to the 1970s
Mladá Boleslav, 20 July 2020 – The seventh ŠKODA Student Concept Car, designed by 31 students attending the renowned ŠKODA vocational school, links the past with the present: the uncompromisingly 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 students, among them five women – have chosen the ŠKODA SCALA as the basis for their personal take on a dream car, turning the compact hatchback 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, exciting 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.