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This is a Skoda Fabia pickup

Published: 29 Apr 2015

Good news! A bunch of 17 and 18-year-old students from Skoda's vocational academy have managed to pull themselves away from Snapchat and the Bruce Jenner hashtag to come up with a crazy creation. It's called the Funstar and it's brilliant.

Based on the new Fabia, it's a diddy pickup concept that's Skoda's showpiece for the upcoming VW Wörthersee meet that takes place annually in May. It's also the first mini load-lugger from the Czech Republic since the Felicia Fun - a Top Gear cult hero.

The most obvious change is that they've lopped off the rear end of the standard hatch to make room for a small flatbed, which currently appears to be all of the rage. But, to our great disappointment, there aren't two retractable seats that can pulled out like its pickup predecessor. We're sure they can work something out for a production version.

Under those monstrous bonnet nostrils sits Skoda's 1.2 TSI kicking out 121bhp to the 18-inch wheels borrowed from its bigger Octavia RS brother. But to make sure the car doesn't collapse on itself like a soggy soufflé, the B-pillars have been widened while the suspension at the rear has been tweaked to accommodate the lighter rear end.

Given its creators, there have also been a number of yoof-ful flourishes. These include an ASBO-inducing 1400W sound system and 200W subwoofer for yo' choons, a sporty interior complete with hip-clamping seats, and, making a return for the first time since 2004, pea puree green neon accents complete with undercar lighting kit. Brap.

Unfortunately, like the academy's last project - the CitiJet, a two-seater sports convertible based on a Citigo - there are no plans for the car to make production. Which is a great shame as Car World needs a successor to the epic Felicia Fun. So, come on Skoda, have a think and make this a reality.

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