The Skoda Slavia is the Student-Built Concept We All Needed

Much like VW does when Worthersee comes around, Skoda has handed over one of its models to its apprentices and let them have at it. The result, the Slavia—a two-seat spider based on the Scala.

Essentially, the Scala the Skoda version of the Golf. The Slavia, though, draws its inspiration from the 1957 Skoda 1100 OHC, a slinky fiber-glass-bodied race car designed to go endurance racing.

The name is historical, too, and comes from something even lighter than the 550 kg (1,200 lbs). “Slavia” was the name given to the first Skoda ever built, which was a bicycle.

This is neither a bicycle, nor a fiber-glass endurance racer, but it is pretty rad and the result of letting 31 students go nuts with a factory. With the roof lopped off and speedster-style headrests.

Down from four doors to just two, the students deleted the rear seats and added a spoiler and 20-inch wheels to round out the look. The chassis was reinforced to keep the front and the back connected and to allow for a modified exhaust system.

And the bigger wheels aren’t just for looks, either, they help accommodate the bigger brakes stolen from an Octavia vRS.

Turns out the Czechs still like under lighting, too, because the Slavia has a programmable LED light system placed below the side sills. That means it can project a multicolor light show onto the ground as if the Slavia needed more attention.

The engine is… well, it’s still just a 148 hp 1.5-liter TSI engine hooked up to a 7-speed DSG transmission, so it’s not that exciting. That white shift nob really pops, though.

Since this is a student concept from the VW group, it also has a 2,250-watt subwoofer, but there’s also room in the trunk for a Skoda electric scooter, which is nice.