The historic legend from 1957 and the white spider inspired by it in 2020 are cars that deserve huge admiration, albeit each wins your affection in a different way.
“In the 1100 OHC you can sense the history. You smell of petrol when you get out of the car. The OHC is light as a feather and you really feel its 92 horsepower. It’s a wonderful reminder of beautiful historic engines with a carburettor, and the racing car’s open exhaust pipe makes one hell of a racket,” the ŠKODA Motorsport driver says with a smile.
“The SLAVIA’s TSI engine also gives it real power and a full-throated roar, but in technological terms it’s a lot more advanced, of course. The sports seats in the student car and its sports steering wheel are absolutely fantastic. The driver is more protected from the elements than in the OHC, but being in touch with your surroundings is still intoxicating,” says Kopecký, describing his impressions of the design created by ŠKODA Academy students.
The experienced driver regards the student car project as a unique opportunity the students don’t get anywhere else. “It’s a great project: the students have no previous experience but pick up a lot while they work on the car. The combination of the traditional and modern, ambitious youngsters and experienced consultants from the carmaker is great,” he says.
He adds that he wouldn’t mind becoming a consultant on a project like this. “Maybe next time the academy students could build a proper little racing car,” Kopecký suggests with a smile. “I’d love to help them with that,” adds professional driver and 2018 WRC 2 rally world champion.