Skoda has taken the wraps off the Atero Coupe concept at its headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic. Being based on the compact Škoda Rapid Spaceback, it is being built by a group of 26 students at the company's vocational school. The fully functional, unique vehicle is already the third ‘student car’ from Škoda Academy. Measuring 4.3 meters in length, the work on the Atero two-door coupé concept started at the end of 2015 by the students.
“Just like its predecessors, the ŠKODA ATERO highlights our students’ high level of technological expertise and manual skills. Our thanks go to everyone who has supported the project,” said ŠKODA Board Member for Human Resources, Bohdan Wojnar. Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production, added, “This project demonstrates what our students are capable of. The young people work with great zeal and commitment. Once again, the result is a great, emotive and unique vehicle that the colleagues involved can be very proud of.” Inside the cabin, red lighting creates a sporty atmosphere; ambient lighting with LED technology adds highlights. A 1,800-watt audio amplifier powers 14 speakers. Located in the boot, the subwoofer alone has a 400-watt output.
The team of 26 from the ŠKODA vocational school in Mladá Boleslav – four young women and 22 young men – developed and implemented the concept together with the support of the instructors, Technical Development, Design and Production departments. “This was a unique occasion for everyone to meet new people, to form new friendships across all professions, and to test and put theoretical knowledge into practice,” said the spokesman for the student team Dan Voce, adding “This project took about 1700 working hours to complete, and we are all very proud of the result.” The Atero is painted in metallic Black Magic color, while the accessories (wing, spoiler, sills) come in Corrida Red, followed by the radiator grille, air intake and diffuser insert, which are also surrounded by red contours.
Speaking of the innovations carried out by the students, the B-pillars have been moved to the rear, while the C-pillars’ incline is sharper. The sloping roofline begins at an earlier point, whilst the window edge behind the doors points upwards. Other components have also undergone complex alterations. Vents add structure to the bonnet and the doors have been extended. The tailgate is aligned with the new angle of the C-pillars and sports a long edge spoiler; the tail lights have also been modified. The rear bumper surrounds the large tailpipes of the exhaust system, which comes from the Škoda Octavia RS. A large air vent is integrated into the front bumper. The Škoda Atero’s headlights feature LED technology with red backlights. Under the hood, there is the 1.4L TSI petrol engine which churs out 123bhp, while linked to the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.