Seventh Skoda Student Concept Car Taking Shape
by Becky Harrison |
posted 27 March 2020
The countdown is on for the seventh SKODA student concept car. With 20 students from the SKODA Academy involved in the ambitious project this year, they have decided to design and build an open-top Spider version of the new compact model SKODA Scala.
For the seventh time in a row, the hands-on project underlines the high standard of training at the SKODA vocational school, which was established more than 90 years ago.
Throughout the project, the up-and-coming talent will receive support from engineers and experienced employees from the areas of technical development, design and production at SKODAs headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. Designing a concept vehicle and then building it by hand is the highlight of all apprenticeships.
“We are all delighted to be part of this project. As a student, where else do you get the chance to put your own ideas and vision into designing a car and then actually build it yourself? Drawing our first sketches was lots of fun, and we learned a lot from Oliver Stefani and his team,” says Vojtech Špitálský.
The apprentices will be using the new compact model Scala, which was introduced at the end of 2018, and which plays an important role in the Czech manufacturer’s product range. The students have expressed a wish to make the car’s clear lines and emotive shapes more prominent in the spider version to emphasise the vehicle’s overall dynamics.
In creating their first drafts and sketches the students received help and valuable tips from all SKODA Design employees and they won over the professionals with their enthusiasm and receptiveness.
“From the beginning, all the participants showed great enthusiasm and determination. Their sketches are very impressive, I really like the concept,” says Jirí Hadašcok, exterior design coordinator at SKODA .