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Skoda’s latest student-built concept car is a Kamiq-based rally car

Apprentices design a two-door Dakar competitor from the Czech crossover. Strong work

Published: 24 May 2022

Skoda has unveiled its latest apprentice-designed concept car, and this – the Afriq – might be our favourite one yet.

The Czech firm has been letting its Vocational School students design and build a concept since the 2013/14 academic year, and the 25 teens this year were apparently inspired by the Dakar Rally. They’ll go far.

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The Afriq is based on the dinky Kamiq crossover, but the students worked with Skoda Motorsport to create this glorious stripped-out, two-door iteration with big arches, a proper rear wing and many rally-spec spotlights. 

Around 2,000 hours of work went into creating the Afriq, chiefly because underneath there’s the engine, gearbox and four-wheel drive system from a 2.0-litre 4cyl Octavia 4x4. Nice. Apparently power sits at 187bhp, but the thing only weighs 1,350kg so it should get a shift on over any sort of surface. 

Inside there’s the dash, steering wheel and six-point harnesses from a Fabia rally car, as well as a full roll-cage, a proper adventure navigation system and a drinking water generator that extracts the stuff from humidity in the air. Very clever. 

What do we reckon, Internet? Fancy having a crack at giving this year’s students a grade?

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