New Skoda Slavia student car is a unique Scala roadster

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The well-established Skoda student car project produced its seventh unique model: the Slavia roadster based on Scala.Although not intended as a mass 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 careers at Skoda.

Students are invited each year to design their dream car together, with previous examples including last year’s Mountiaq pickup and the Atero Coupe. The Slavia was built by a team of 31 trainees who chose to transform the existing Scala hatchback into a ‘sporty spider’.

Named after the bikes produced by Skoda founders Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, the Slavia features a body design inspired by the 1957 Skoda 1100 OHC sports prototype – an open-top two-seater weighing just 550kg and built for endurance rallies.

Taking a Scala sedan, 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 two speedster-style bumps, which combines with a new bottled rear spoiler.

The Slavia also uses 20-inch alloy rims from the Kodiaq vRS, as well as an Octavia vRS brake system and wheel hubs, as well as a modified exhaust. A three-coat Crystal Blue White Pearl paint finish features neon blue accents, while programmable LEDs in the sills bathe the car in all three colors of the Czech flag.

Inside there are four-point seat belts and Sparco racing seats with a perforated leather finish. Additional leather trim is present on several interior elements, including a two-tone steering wheel. Finally, there is a black leather parcel shelf with two embroidered lions that hide two bass speakers giving a subwoofer power of 2250W.

“The students managed to give their vehicle its own character while mastering the technical challenges of transforming a closed body vehicle into an open roof spider,” said Zdeněk Stanke, Skoda team leader Academy.

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