23 May 2014

Skoda apprentices build their dream car

This is the dream car built by Skoda apprentices in the Czech Republic which will premiere at VW Group's annual Worthersee Treffen in Austria, writes Trish Whelan.

Skoda 'Apprentice Car' is a sporty city two-seater sports convertible based on the Skoda Citigo. It was a project of 16 Skoda Vocational School apprentices working closely with Skoda Design and Production people which was six months in the making.

The young apprentices put their hearts and souls into this vehicle. Every little detail, no matter how small, was discussed, agreed upon and put into practice by the team.

The exterior features distinctive metallic paintwork in blue/white and racy, blue 16-inch alloy wheels. There's also a hand-made rear spoiler as well as a powerful exhaust with two tailipipes/ A 1.0 petrol engine with 75hp is under the bonnet. The sporty interior is based on that of the Citigo Sport special model. This includes the red-stitched, leather-lined, three-spoke steering wheel as well as the leather cover of the handbrake handle and gear knob. Seat covers and floor mats have a 'Sport' material design. The dash is painted white/red. A 300 watt sound system is also fitted. The interior has music-reactive LED lighting.

This is the first time that this kind of trainee project has been undertaken at Skoda.