In this years AZUBI project 31 students from the ŠKODA Academy were tasked with designing a concept car based on the mass-produced models on offer. 2020 was unique with links to the present and past of the car brand. This open-top concept was given the name SLAVIA, in reference to the first bicycles made by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement in 1895.
The SLAVIA was based on the SCALA and creates a fresh, modern and striking design. With a throwback to the early days of motoring, when most cars had a an open-top. The SLAVIA offers sharp lines and defined edges giving an exciting, sporty look. Weighing in at 1,210kg, the car’s liveliness is guaranteed by the 1.5L TSI engine, delivering 110kW of power. Coupled with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
“This is the seventh time in a row that the students have shown how high our company academy’s bar is set – from planning and design to the construction of an exciting concept car. We give them the chance to design this car of their dreams and get a taste of what it’s like to work with professionals from the company’s departments. One outcome of this is that they get an insight into the company’s workings while they are still students. Later, when they leave school and begin their career with us, they can put that to good use,” says Alois Kauer, who took charge of the ŠKODA Academy in February this year.
The exterior of the SLAVIA got a three-layer white paint job with a mother-of-pearl effect and the programmable LED segments beneath the side sills and behind the wheels – their lights can be controlled to switch between blue, red and white, the colours of the Czech flag (or the NZ flag). Equally striking is the ŠKODA wordmark on the across the boot cover, glowing red as standard, switching to white when reversing.
The interior of the concept car boasts SPARCO sports seat with four-point harnesses. The interior is complete with a 320-watt audio system including a 2250-watt sub-woofer. With the instrument panel, virtual cockpit and the infotainment system of the SCALA including ambient lighting.
“The students do everything themselves, but with a lot of invaluable support from their teachers and experts from the company’s design, production and technical development departments. This year’s project, the seventh, provides impressive proof of our academy’s high tuition standard. For the students it is an amazing experience that will certainly help them in their careers,” concludes Bohdan Wojnar, ŠKODA board member responsible for human resources.