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The 'Slavia' Is A Skoda Hatchback Transformed Into A Roofless Speedster

The latest project from students at the Skoda Academy involved lopping the roof off a Scala in tribute to the old 1100 OHV racer

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Being a student at the Skoda Academy looks like ridiculous fun. Want some proof? Last year apprentice engineers created the Kodiaq-based ‘Mountiaq’, which has just been followed up by the Slavia.

Inspired by the Skoda 1100 OHC racer of the 1950s, the Slavia uses the Scala hatchback as a starting point. The roof has been ditched and replaced with two huge buttresses, and the rear doors have gone too.

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To further spruce up the exterior, the students liberally pilfered parts from a variety of Skoda models. Those 20-inch wheels are normally found on the Kodiaq vRS, while the brakes are straight off an Octavia vRS. The side skirts meanwhile are a Scala part - they’re fitted to the ‘Monte Carlo’-trimmed version of the hatchback. The Slavia’s multi-colour neon lights aren’t currently available on any production Skoda models though, nor is the backlit badging on the boot - sorry.

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There are more aftermarket bits inside, in the form of a 320-watt sound system and a ground-shaking 2250-watt sub. While poking around in the cabin, you’ll might also spot the new steering wheel and the leather bucket seats.

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As fun as it might be to lob a powerful 2.0-litre ‘EA888’ inline-four turbo under the bonnet, the Slavia retains the more modest 1.5-litre unit available in the standard Scala. It develops 148bhp, and powers the front wheels via a ‘DSG’ twin-clutch automatic gearbox.