Skoda revealed that 26 students at the Skoda Academy have managed to create the Skoda Atero, their very own dream coupé. Unique, fully functional, and based on the compact Skoda Rapid Spaceback, this model is the third 'student car' to have been built from the brand’s vocational school. Skoda Board Member for Human Resources Bohdan Wojnar shared that similar to the previous model, the Atero is able to highlight the high level of manual skills and technological expertise displayed by the students.
He adds that the company thanks those who have supported this project. Skoda Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus meanwhile added that the students worked with commitment and great zeal for this project. As with past experiences, the result remains to be an emotive, great, and distinct vehicle that everyone involved can be very proud of. By being able to create a fully functional vehicle, the brand continues the tradition, though one that is still at its early stage.
It was in 2014 when a group created the ultra-compact CitiJet convertible. A year later, another team of students built the FUNSTAR pickup. The ultimate goal of this project has always been to encourage students to showcase their creativity and expertise. The project to create the Skoda Atero started during the latter part of 2015 with the team composed of 4 women and 22 men. The development and implementation of this concept were done at the brand’s own academy located in Mladá Boleslav.
These students were able to come up with a unique unit with the support of the instructors, Production departments, and Technical Development department. Dan Voce, the team’s spokesperson, revealed that this was a unique opportunity for everyone not just to meet new people but also to make new friends. It was also a chance to test and put into practice all the theoretical knowledge learned. Overall, an estimated 1,700 working hours were needed to complete this project and the team was indeed proud to get this result, he added.
In terms of length, the two-door Skoda Atero measured 4.3 meters, proving it is indeed a compact. As such, it is difficult to think that this thing was based on the Skoda Rapid Spaceback. In fact, the conversion is said to be more comprehensive when compared to the two previous vehicles. For the Skoda Atero, the incline of the C-pillar was made sharper while the B-pillar was repositioned to the back.
The sloping roofline meanwhile starts at an earlier point while the window edge at the back of the doors are pointing upwards. Some of the other parts also experienced complex changes. Its doors have been extended while the addition of vents gives the bonnet its structure. Since the C-pillars have a new angle, the tailgate has been aligned to this.
There is now a long edge spoiler while even the tail lights have been improved. The exhaust has the large tailpipes which are surrounded by the rear bumper, which is from Skoda OCTAVIA RS. The front bumper meanwhile has a large air vent integrated to it. Further, the headlights come with LED technology and with the red backlights. While the team changed the color of the 1.41 TSI engine (92 kW/125 PS) and that of the DSG 7-speed gearbox, some modifications have been made to its chassis.
From the Skoda OCTAVIA, the students made sure to use the 18-inch wheels that come with the 'Turini' design. The wheels have been painted in a black color and have red stripes to it. At the back of the wheels on the front are the manually perforated brake discs. Painted in metallic Black Magic, the spoiler, wing, and sills of the Skoda Atero are in Corrida Red. Meanwhile the diffuser insert, air intake, and radiator, are enclosed with the red contours.
For the interior, the use of red lighting gives it that sporty atmosphere and the ambient lighting utilizes LED technology adding to its highlights. Inside are also 14 speakers with 1,800-watt audio amplifier. In the boot meanwhile is the 400-watt subwoofer. For this project, the Czech automaker wanted to highlight the high quality present in the vocational training that they offer. Founded in 1927, the brand’s vocational school offers a three-year and four-year training course in various technical subjects.
The aim is for students to get an apprenticeship diploma or leave school with a certificate that allows for university access. Overall there are a total of 14 vocational courses with around 900 full-time students, 14% of which are women. There are also an estimated 100 employees who are in the academy in order to improve their qualifications by undergoing additional training courses. Once they complete their training, all those who graduate will get a job offer from Skoda.