As Aymeric Chertier tours the magnificent 130 RS model at the ŠKODA Museum, he can’t hide his admiration. “This car was made with one clear purpose radiating from it. It was supposed to be fast, so it was designed and constructed accordingly. Everything is subordinated to that purpose: the shape of the body, wheels, seats, the entire layout of the interior. Everything was created with that in mind, to make this car the fastest, ”he describes. It is obvious that he likes cars that have a clearly defined purpose and function, and that the contribution to the project “Icons get a new look” and the work on the 130 RS model was of great importance to him.
“It’s the essence, the purpose that I tried to convey in my modern interpretation of the 130 RS,” explains Aymeric. He learned to think carefully about the essence of the product during his university days. “The industrial reality is a little more pragmatic. Our products are the result of compromise and respect the risk posed by large investments in them. The investment simply has to pay off, ”he says, describing the principles of his daily work. With his modern interpretation of the 130 RS, he managed to take the shackles out of his imagination and create a car that was everything: safe, a car that evokes passion and sportsmanship, just like the legend of the 1970s.
His study of the 130 RS is more than just a modern car that wants to be followed by a retro design inspired by a successful racing model. “At one time, the 130 RS was a car that broke down many obstacles and was completely unusual,” says Aymeric, perhaps unaware that his statement is true in every sense. This is because 130 RS, a product of the then communist Czechoslovakia, broke out of the framework of the communist bloc. The international success of the car was provided by the nickname “Porsche from the East”.
The exterior design of the study is based on the original model. “I wanted to refresh the original car, not change it. I kept its essence and characteristic lines and added certain details that we know from modern WRC cars “, says the designer, explaining the retro feeling combined with the recognizable muscular shapes of his car.
Although its 130 RS remains true to tradition on the outside, it is innovative on the inside and breaks down barriers. Aymeric has designed a completely new lever that forms part of the car’s basic structure. “It’s not a safety cage, but an integral part of the chassis. The construction holds the entire interior, supporting the instrument panel, seats, doors and gearbox, ”he says. “I was not interested in showing a beautiful and exotic interior with my design. “From the very beginning, I created something with a function and a clear purpose,” he emphasizes.
The second part of the concept is the innovative instrument panel, which is basically one large screen with three different information zones. In front of the driver is a set of data on speed, rpm and other key parameters. The middle zone contains more detailed information, such as the temperature of the liquid in the car and the performance of the engine or navigation data. And on the right, in front of the passenger seat, there is a zone for additional information, such as a picture from the rear camera of the car.
ŠKODA 130 RS
One of the most successful ŠKODA race cars is based on the ŠKODA 110 R coupe. The 130 RS model has undergone many modifications. The ŠKODA 130 RS regularly won races in its engine class, but also finished in the highest positions in the overall qualifiers at rally events and circuit races. His greatest achievements include winning his class at the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally and becoming the brand that won the European Touring Car Championship in 1981. From 1975 to 1980, about 200 models of ŠKODA 130 RS cars were made.
It took Aymeric a few hours to put together a basic design concept. This was followed by work on the details. “I’m a bit old school: I do everything with pencil and paper. I quickly sketch the base lines and then fine-tune the proportions and individual lines, ”says Aymeric, describing his modus operandi. In this case, he addressed his computer only in the last phase. “I’m adding colors to the project on the computer to make it easier for the general public to understand,” he says, adding that he basically knows what it will look like in the end. If something doesn’t turn out exactly as he imagined, or if his bosses want to rework something, he goes back to pencil and paper. “It may be less efficient, but that’s the way I know how to think and create,” he laughs.
Aymeric remains realistic about the fate of his study. “Although my bosses and I like the vision, it will remain a vision. The ŠKODA design studies we present to the public always have something to do with something we are preparing, ”he says, explaining why he accepts the fact that his modern ŠKODA 130 RS will remain on paper. “But it would be fun if I could get away from reality again and at least make a model of this model,” Aymeric dreams.
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