Skoda Slavia Concept
This is rather impressive – the Skoda Slavia concept, designed by 31 trainees attending the Skoda vocational school in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic.
Students of the school have been churning out concepts for the past seven years – projects designed to demonstrate the high standard of Skoda’s in-house training – and this one is very tidy indeed.
A spider variant of the Skoda Scala hatchback, the Slavia concept shares much of the Scala’s underpinnings – the 1.5 TSI 110kW petrol engine, seven-speed DCT, 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.
However, the students performed numerous modifications to the car’s body. They reinforced the underbody, removed the roof, and welded the rear doors in place, turning the compact hatchback into a two-door two-seater. To redirect the airflow over the vehicle, they developed a special cover with twin speedster humps behind the seats, which blends into a new boot lid featuring an integrated rear spoiler. 20-inch alloy wheels from the Skoda Kodiaq RS add to the concept’s tastily sporty look. The brake system and wheel hubs come from the Octavia RS. The redesigned underfloor area houses a modified exhaust system.
Other nice touches include the white high-tech paint finish – consisting of three layers that results in a pearlescent effect – and the programmable LEDs, positioned below the side sills and behind the alloy wheels, that provide user-configurable exterior ambient lighting.
The sporty feel reaches the interior too where there are four-point seat belts and SPARCO racing seats. Black leather features throughout with white contrast stitching and the black leather parcel shelf features 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. A nod to the future of mobility sits in the boot – the Slavia boot accommodates two Skoda electric scooters.
You have to say that if this is the sort of thing students are designing today, then the future looks like it will be filled with cars we’ll all want to drive. Nice stuff.
17 August 2020