Underlining the high standard of vocational training at Skoda, 26 students have built a compact coupe based on the Skoda Rapid Spaceback. Named as the Skoda Atero, the fully functional car is the third student car from the Skoda Academy. Highlighting the top-level technological expertise of the students, the new concept follows the ultra-compact CitiJet convertible and Funstar pickup developed in the last two years.
In 2015, the group of students from the Czech automaker’s vocational school in Mladá Boleslav started working on the Atero concept. The four women and twenty two men team developed the concept in consultation with the expert instructors in technical, production and design departments of Skoda and the whole project took about 1,700 working hours.
The Skoda Atero is a two-door compact coupe that measures 4.3 metres in length and the design language is influenced by the Rapid Spaceback concept revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The inclination of the C-Pillars is sharper while the B-Pillars are moved to the rear. The sloping roofline starts earlier than what can be found on the production Rapid and the window edges are upwardly pointed.
The doors have been extended as well so as the air vents integrated into the front bumper with the tailgate aligned with the newly angled C-Pillars. The LED headlamps have red backlights to ass visual appeal. The sleek spoiler is sporty while the tail lights received changes as well in shape. The aggressive rear bumper and the large exhaust system are derived from the performance-based Octavia RS.
Mechanically, the Skoda Atero concept has the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine as the power source which produces a maximum power output of 125 PS and is paired with a seven-speed DSG transmission. The students have made considerable changes to the chassis alongside making the car sit on 18-inch Turini designed alloy wheels taken straight from the Skoda Octavia. They have been coloured in black with red stripes and the stopping power is determined by the manually perforated and ventilated disc brakes.
The Skoda Atero concept gets a metallic Black Magic paint scheme while the spoiler, sills and wing are adorned with Corrida Red. The red contours can be seen in air intake, diffuser insert and radiator grille as well. To complement the exterior, the cabin comprises of ambient lighting with LED technology, a 1,800-watt audio amplifier with 14 speakers and a boot-located subwoofer alone responsible for 400 watts.
The Škoda vocational school was founded in 1927 and provides training courses in technical subjects. As of now, almost 900 full-time students are enrolled in 14 vocational courses. All graduates completing their respective courses will be offered with a job at Škoda.