In recent years, Skoda has developed a habit of modernizing some of its classic models by presenting sketches created by the design team. Recent examples include tributes to the 200 RS, 110 Super Sport and 1203 vans. Now is the time to revitalize the 1100 OHC, a sports car introduced in 1957 and produced in just five examples: three spiders and two coupes. Its 2022 equivalent is based on an open-top model but with an electric twist.
The Vision GT is described by Skoda as a single-seater machine designed specifically for the circuit with a low-slung body featuring an overly sharp and roofless design. It’s painted red like its forefathers and boasts a flat-screen bar that doubles as a windshield. The steering wheel is made of carbon fiber and is leveled at the top and bottom. We were also notified of the head-up display project info directly to the driver’s helmet visor.
The technical specifications are unimaginable because the Skoda concept is not real. However, that (hypothetically) has active aero technology as well as an “active cockpit with flexibly suspended seats designed to optimally compensate for G-force.” The overall look also takes inspiration from current Formula E cars, which are inspired by the two-piece wing at the rear.
The Vision GT follows Skoda’s launch of a completely reconstructed 1100 OHC Coupe in February. The Czech automaker took about seven years to complete the aluminum-bodied sports car and took some components from the first of just two coupes built a few months ago. The cars were sold to private owners and then crashed. To fill the gap in its legacy, the 1100 OHC Coupe was reborn. Now, the spider version is ready for 2022 and beyond, at least in the digital realm.
You can view official sketches at the “Design and Transformation” exhibition at the Design Museum in Brussels until January 8, 2023. The Vision GT is part of Skoda’s “Icons Get a Makeover” series, which also includes modern interpretations of Felicia and Monte Carlo Popular.