First Škoda Student Car developed on the basis of the 100% electric SUV Enyaq iV. Following the new motto ‘Explore More’, the Enyaq iV will be transformed into a mobile camper van office. The students involved are working on the first sketches
Verona, xx March 2023 – The ninth Škoda Student Car will be more electrifying than ever and will embrace Škoda’s new Explore More spirit of exploration and discovery. The 29 trainees are building a multifunctional vehicle for camping and with mobile office functions based on the 100% electric Škoda Enyaq iV SUV. Their dream car will live up to the needs and expectations of modern explorers. Supported by the Škoda design team, the students recently developed their first design sketches for the Škoda Student Car.
Oliver Stefani, Head of Škoda Design, says: “We at Škoda Design are very happy to be able to give the young talents such a tangible insight into our daily work as part of this fantastic project, and to inspire them. The Student Car project combines three of Škoda’s great strengths: the can-do attitude, the practical approach and the enormous team spirit. We at Škoda Design are already looking forward to the moment when we can admire the finished Student Car.
Designing a mobile home
Since 2014, the move to Škoda Design has been one of the first stages of the students’ journey. Working with Škoda Design manager Oliver Stefani and his team, the students first develop sketches of the exterior and interior of their dream car, which they will then build themselves, from initial concept to finished product. The ninth Student Car will be a multifunctional mobile office camper van based on the Škoda Enyaq iV, Škoda’s first production model built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.
‘Explore More’ through the eyes of students
In their sketches, the students have already defined the personality of their dream car. As an office camper van, with battery-electric drive, the first student car based on an Enyaq iV is intended to be the ideal travelling companion towards new horizons. A personal space for experience and discovery, which also underlines Škoda’s commitment to electric mobility.
As is typical for the brand, the next student car will make use of the iconic ‘Simply Clever’ features and cutting-edge technology, while also incorporating a wide range of sustainable materials. The aim of the car is to enable its owner to become a digital nomad, working without being tied to a desk, free to move wherever and whenever he or she wants. It is a perfect match for the new Škoda Explore More approach, the perfect vehicle for contemporary explorers and adventure seekers.
Jiří Hadaščok, Exterior Design Coordinator at Škoda, says: “The students at the Škoda Vocational School are doing an amazing job. Personally, I always enjoy being involved in the project, supporting the apprentices and also benefiting from it. It is nice to look at the design process from a different perspective and explore new approaches. The way in which our students are translating the Explore More concept into concrete ideas, and seeing how they put them into practice, is really impressive”.
Agáta Fraňková is a painter in her second year of apprenticeship. Her sketches so impressed the Škoda Design team that she became the first participant since the start of the Student Car project to be offered an internship in the department. Agáta adds: “The Škoda Student Car is an extraordinary project. At the beginning we were particularly enthusiastic about the support from Škoda Design. I’m really happy to be part of this team and I’m looking forward to getting to know the designers’ work closely – learning the different techniques of modern design and developing my skills further.
Škoda Student Car – special projects since 2014
Since 2014, Škoda Vocational School students have designed an outstanding concept car every year, which they then built themselves. The first Student Car, in 2014, was the Citijet, based on the Škoda Citigo. This was followed by the Funstar, a pick-up version of the Škoda Fabia, and the Atero coupe, based on the Rapid Spaceback. In 2017, the apprentices completed their first electric car, the Element, two years ahead of the production model of the electric Citigoe iV. The 2018 Sunroq was a convertible version of the Karoq SUV, followed a year later by the spectacular Mountiaq pick-up concept, based on the Škoda Kodiaq SUV. In 2020, the students presented the Slavia Spider, derived from the Scala. In 2022, after a one-year break due to the pandemic, Škoda Motorsport entered the project for the first time by supporting the creation of the Škoda Afriq, a car built for rallying and based on the Škoda Kamiq City SUV.
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