The 21st century carriage is a futuristic autonomous car and is signed by Skoda

The futuristic reinterpretation eVOITURETTE has been created within the framework of the Skoda “Icons are reinvented” series. Yuhan Zhang, the author of the design, has been based on the iconic Voiturette A from Laurin & Klement with the idea of ​​creating a particular autonomous carriage for tourists.

This minimalist design with reduced dimensions and featherweight has taken more than 400 hours of work and has already become one of the centerpieces of the permanent exhibition at the Skoda Museum, located in the place where it was born. Ferdinand Porsche.

Skoda eVoiturette: a futuristic design inspired by the past

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The “Icons are reinvented” projects try to answer the question of what the brand’s legendary cars would be like today if they were made by contemporary designers. Thus, from the hand of the young Chinese designer Yuhan Zhang, a particular reinterpretation of the Voiturette A by Laurin & Klement has been born.

The Voiturette A was the first car made in Mladá Boleslav, in 1905. It was a small car with two seats, of which only a total of 44 units were produced. It had a V2 engine with 5 kW (7 hp), rear wheel drive, and reached a top speed of 40 km / h.

This jewel caught Yuhan’s attention when he saw it for the first time in the Skoda Museum exhibition, for being a very simple car “but with many beautiful details, even artistic ones”. Plus, he was inspired by the comfort of sitting on it.

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The eVOITURETTE that resulted from Yuhan’s early sketches has a lot in common with the original model and at the same time is a world apart. It measures just 688mm long, 355mm wide and 325mm high and weighs only around 10kg.

Zhang wanted to preserve the original spirit of the car with his design, which is why the eVOITURETTE has a very distinctive shape thanks to its pronounced hood and elevated position, so that passengers can feel like they are on a kind of sofa. However, the designer’s vision is slightly hunched and stretched compared to the original model.

In the first sketches, the car was blue because for Yuhan “it is the color of the future and a symbol of sustainability”, although in the final vision of the model the combination of red and white has prevailed “which reinforces the link between past and future of the brand ”, as recommended by the museum experts. The details that it incorporates in gold, are a nod to the historic car.

Furthermore, the need for quality and durability of the eVOITURETTE convinced the designers to use a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Thus, the body was carved in “artificial wood”, while some components were manufactured using 3D printing.

An autonomous carriage designed for the city

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The vision of the young Chinese designer is a kind of modern two-seater carriage and has a very specific purpose: to take tourists autonomously through Prague in a future “that still seems distant to her,” according to her statements.

Yuhan, wanted to establish a connection between the history of Skoda and the beauty of Prague with the eVOITURETTE. For this reason, its creation has a large screen designed to show the description of the views of the city as it progresses “which could also show passengers the history of Skoda”, he says.

The fact that the radiator grille and the wheel rims are LED screens is also related to the idea of ​​connection that its creator wanted to convey, since “it is about the way in which the car could communicate with its passengers” .

What began as a sketch of the vision of a vehicle of the future, has now been transformed into a real model that can be visited in the permanent exhibition of the Skoda Museum, located in the birthplace of Ferdinand Porsche in the city of Liberec (Czech Republic ).

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