The latest design in Skoda’s ongoing rendering series, “Icons Get A Makeover,” was inspired by a movie star. The Ferat Vampire first hit the big screen 40 years ago and one of Skoda’s designers reinvented it for the modern world.
The 1972 Skoda 110 Super Sport started out as a one-off concept car, but when director Juraj Herz needed a car for his 1982 film, “Ferat Vampire,” the car made the cut. case. Or, it almost matched the bill. Czech painter and graphic designer Theodor Pištěk gave the 110 Super Sport a red and black paint job, new front and rear lights, and the massive spoiler which it’s hard to imagine the car without.
The film centers on a Doctor Marek, who is dismayed that his nurse is leaving to become a rally driver with the foreign car manufacturer “Ferat”. It turns out the car may be running on human blood (yes, really).
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In reality, the car was just running on gasoline, but not a lot. The engine, a 1.1-liter four-cylinder, produced only 72 hp (73 hp / 54 kW). Its wild design, however, inspired Skoda’s Baptiste de Brugiere.
“About three years ago I had the opportunity to visit the ŠKODA Museum repository for the first time. This is where I first saw FERAT, which I found fascinating. So when I heard about the Icons Get a Makeover project, I immediately volunteered to create a modern take on it, ”de Brugiere said in a statement.
As he relates, he first tried to draw the car from memory, to keep only the essence of the impact it had on him, and then to fill in the details. To make sure it accommodates modern tastes, however, it exaggerated some features, like the wing, and massaged others, like the pointed front end.
The nose of the original is “something that won’t necessarily look good in today’s perception of dynamic design,” said de Brugiere. “Today, the desired dynamics of a car’s appearance are modeled as a ready-to-jump beast, hence today’s muscular lines with a more muscular rear.”
Among the more modern details are the X-shaped headlights which, according to the designer, are a reference to the fangs of the vampiric car. Once he sorted out all the details, however, drawing the final sketch was relatively easy.
“I only worked on the computer in the later stages, especially in the coloring phase,” adding that maintaining the red and black color scheme was an absolute must. “The resulting illustration was pretty quick, but it only came after hard work. “
Unfortunately, these renderings and others like them are just a design exercise that Skoda does not intend to put into production. So we will never have the opportunity to find out if the modern car really runs on human blood!