Skoda’s team of apprentice designers and engineers are readying their latest project – a roadster version of the Scala hatchback. It’s the seventh student-led concept vehicle the Czech company has produced - previous machines have included a Kodiaq-based pick-up and a convertible Karoq. Skoda’s annual student car has been a tradition since 2014.
The Scala Spider is being developed by a team of 20 apprentices currently training at Skoda’s Mlada Boleslav headquarters, with guidance from design chief, Oliver Stefani. Skoda engineers are giving advice to the team while the machine is constructed.
The Scala was launched in late 2018 and this is the first time the hatch has been used as the basis for a student car project. The students are given a standard version of the car and the design freedom to adapt it as they wish. Having decided on an open-top body style, design work has focused on making the car’s lines more prominent to give it added ‘visual dynamics’.
Hand-drawn design sketches offer our first glimpse at the concept’s styling. Judging by the images, the front of the Scala will remain relatively unchanged; the student’s efforts have been concentrated at the rear, where they’ve designed a new double-bubble tonneau cover, an aggressive new diffuser and a centre-exit exhaust.
Other alterations are likely to include a lowered ride height, a wider track, a more steeply-raked windscreen and a larger set of alloy wheels lifted from the company’s vRS catalogue. Plans for the Scala concept’s interior look fairly restrained, with the exception of a new sports steering wheel and a pair of racy bucket seats.
The finished Scala Spider is scheduled to be revealed in June and there is no production intent for the car.