Skoda has revealed the Slavia Idea, a student-built one-off idea automobile that’s primarily based on the Scala. Skoda reveals one in every of these ideas yearly, with the automobile designed, engineered and constructed by Skoda’s vocational college college students, overseen by their tutors.

This yr, the scholars have taken inspiration from the Skoda 1100 OHC prototype revealed in 1957. The mannequin was designed as a potential open-top two-seat racer for specialised use in endurance rallies such because the Mille Miglia. The low, open glassfibre physique helped the racer preserve its weight down to simply 550kg. Powering that authentic prototype was a 1.1-litre four-cylinder engine with 91bhp.

The Slavia idea shares the notion of a two-seat open-top physique (if little else), however does so moderately convincingly, wanting like a geometrical tackle a Renault Wind. Whereas there’s no roof, the angular tonneau and impressively resolved integration of the quick rear finish, contemplating the Scala’s close to wagon-like silhouette, is spectacular to say the least.

In typical idea automobile trend, the Scala rides on large wheels and tyres – on this case a set of 20-inch models from the Kodiaq vRS – with underbody and in-wheel lighting (that’s a brand new one), in addition to illuminated badges entrance and rear. For max ‘impact’ (this can be a automobile designed by youngsters, in any case) the Slavia’s grille particulars, forefront of the clamshell bonnet and principal character line are additionally very subtly illuminated.

The rear additionally options just a few bespoke parts, together with a contrasting wing atop the additionally bespoke rear decklid offset by a novel dual-exhaust decrease bumper. The inside is all Scala, with just a few high-end finishes, bucket seats and the brand new Octavia’s two-spoke steering wheel to boost the usual design.

The powertrain beneath the brand new pores and skin is unchanged from that of a manufacturing Scala, utilising the 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that tops the vary. It powers the entrance wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. To make up for the discount in structural rigidity, the scholars did add strengthening helps on the ground, in addition to listening to element finishes such because the welded rear doorways, forefront of the A-pillars and that new rear decklid.

Whereas the probability of a Scala roadster is skinny, to say the least, it does at the least show that the youth of right this moment nonetheless know roadsters exist.


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