Savio also helped to design the ŠKODA KAMIQ shape and has drafted dozens of wheel designs at ŠKODA Mladá Boleslav. One of them, supplied with the ŠKODA FABIA MONTE CARLO, even bears his name.
SAVIO wheels – One of the wheel designs available for the ŠKODA FABIA MONTE CARLO is named after the designer Antti Mikael Savio.
He says he is not one of those designers who are able to come up with a complete design in one go. “Sometimes I draft a sketch, leave it for a couple of months and then come back to it. Only with the benefit of hindsight can I see the mistakes I have made,” says the graduate of Royal College of Art, London, where he studied car design. “Sometimes I have a sudden idea that I have to immediately sketch, even if it’s on a napkin,” he explains.
Finnish designer Antti Mikael Savio at work
The look of the wheels is influenced by the crystalline design, which is central to ŠKODA’s overall design strategy. “We were inspired by the rich tradition of Czech glassmakers,” says Jiří Hadaščok. The current designers work with all kinds of technologies, including virtual reality, which helps them to look at the car from different angles and to project it in movement. “The design of a spinning wheel is just as important as that of a wheel at standstill,” says Hadaščok, who has worked at the design department for over twenty years.
If a sketch makes it through the first round, a 3D model is then used as a point of reference and a sample is created. The sample is either milled or printed out using a 3D printer, which is the faster option. Approved design models are sent to the Class-A (aka Strak) Department, which is responsible for correctly and flawlessly rendering models of all the surfaces you can see on the car. The Assembly Department fills in the technological and assembling requirements specific to each draft design. These are then carefully integrated into the final model so that the appearance of the wheel matches the approved sketch. This phase is very challenging and demands perfect cooperation from the designers, the Class-A Department and the Assembly Department so that the way the various requirements are handled results in an immaculate final product.
The wheels of the VISION iV show car were designed with backlit ŠKODA lettering.
“Design is all about personal taste, which is why we always come up with multiple drafts. When people choose our wheels, we are quite flattered. We design them specifically for each model with the aim of accentuating its character,” says Hadaščok as he sums up on behalf of the team.
The design team members tasked with designing ŠKODA exteriors are responsible for the look of the wheels. From left, the designers Radim Lísek, Jiří Hadaščok and Antti Mikael Savio