New Skoda Slavia student car is one-off Scala roadster
21 July 2020 - autocar
Skoda's seventh car designed and built by vocational students has been revealed, said to be inspired by 1957 speedster prototype
Skoda's well-established Student Car project has produced its seventh unique model: the Scala-based Slavia roadster.
Though not intended as a series production model, the Slavia is the flagship project of the Czech brand's vocational school in Mladá Boleslav, which trains students in various disciplines to embark on a career within Skoda.
The students are invited annually to design their dream car together, with previous examples including last year's Mountiaq pick-up and Atero coupé. The Slavia was built by a team of 31 trainees who elected to turn the existing Scala hatchback into a 'sporty spider'.
Named after the bicycles produced by Skoda's founders, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, the Slavia features a body design inspired by Skoda's 1100 OHC sports prototype of 1957 - an open-top two-seater weighing just 550kg and built for endurance rallies.
Taking a Scala hatchback, the students reinforced the underbody, removed the roof and welded the rear doors in place. The two-door model became a two-seater with a bespoke rear seat cover featuring speedster-style twin humps, which combines with a new bottled and rear spoiler.
The Slavia also uses 20in alloy wheels from the Kodiaq vRS, as well as an Octavia vRS brake system and wheel hubs, alongside a modified exhaust. A three-layer White Crystal Blue pearlescent paint finish features neon blue accents, while programmable LEDs in the sills bathe the car in the three colours of the Czech flag.
Inside, there are four-point seatbelts and Sparco racing seats with a perforated leather finish. Additional leather trim features across multiple elements of the interior, including a two-tone steering wheel. Finally, there's a black leather parcel shelf featuring two embroidered lions that hide two bass speakers giving a subwoofer output of 2250W.
"The students have managed to imbue their vehicle with its own individual character while mastering the engineering challenges involved in turning a closed-body vehicle into an open-top spider," said Zdeněk Stanke, team leader at the Skoda Academy.