40 years ago, in 1981 Vampire from Ferat, a Czechoslovak horror film debuted in local movie theatres. However, movigoers were more fascinated by a “mechanical hero” than all the actors! The car in question was the Škoda Ferat Vampir RSR coupe, which we have already covered. See our previous article HERE.
The first concept of the car is even older than the movie itself – it was designed in 1969.
Recently Baptiste de Brugiere, a young French designer fell in love with the Škoda 110 Super Sport, known from the Czech sci-fi horror Vampire from Ferat. And he came up with a modern interpretation of the car.
When the Frenchman, working in the carmaker’s design studio, saw it in a Škoda storage facility, he immediately fell in love with him. And it didn’t just stay as a platonic relationship.
“About three years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Škoda Museum depo for the first time. Ferat immediately enchanted me. So when I found out about the Icons in a New Coat project, I immediately signed up to propose a modern interpretation of it,” says Baptiste. He got the chance, among other things, thanks to the fact that the Czech carmaker is a partner of this year’s Czech Comic-Con, the festival of comics and sci-fi, during which Ferat will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of its premiere on a silver screen. In the modern “bloodthirsty” special, Baptiste tried to capture the first impression that the car left in it. “It’s half a second before your brain starts analyzing the design. At that point, you’re impressed by some of the elements I was trying to preserve.”
He believed the basic proportions with a low body height, a pointed roof, and a giant rear spoiler were significant. “I took some of these elements to the extreme so that I could give the car other modern elements,” says Baptiste. But it was not easy. One of the things he chose to keep was the descending profile lines. “It’s something that may not work well in the current perception of dynamic design. Today, the beast is ready to jump as a model of dynamics. That’s where today’s muscular car rear lines come from,” explains Baptiste. The result is impressive. Sharply cut shapes refer to the original, but at the same time, the design looks like a supersport car of the future.
“It wasn’t until I was able to put these basic proportions together that I started working on more details,” Baptiste explains. For example, also in parallels with the current Škoda. You can see it, for instance, on the front mask or the bonnet moulding. The four LED headlights, in turn, refer to vampire’s teeth. Interestingly, Baptiste worked mainly with the classic pencil. The computer came to the fore in the finals. It took about two weeks. The introductory sketches and the search for suitable shapes and details took the most time. “The resulting illustration was a matter of time,” says Baptiste.
Whether the car will actually built is a different matter. It is unlikely but not ruled out. Škoda, for example, created an actual model of the Laurin & Klement eVoiturette studio as part of the Icons in a New Coat project, which was a celebration of the carmaker’s first model from 1905. The result is worth it, even though we can’t look into the interior yet. We will see what the future holds for this radical redesign of the Ferat.