Mountiaq: Skodas student concept car

Students and the Mountiaq

The Mountiaq is Skodas sixth Student Concept car – a model designation which perfectly embodies this combination of a modern lifestyle vehicle and the great everyday usability of a pickup. The project participants chose to base their Student Concept Car on the Skoda Kodiaq SUV. For eight months, 35 apprentices at the Skoda Vocational School in Mladá Boleslav, among them six women, put all their efforts and creativity into this traditional project –investing a total of over 2,000 working hours along the way. As in previous years, the committed juniors were actively supported by Skoda experts from the Technical Development, Design and Production departments.

“The name Mountiaq perfectly conveys a sense of adventure and the unique off-road properties of this powerful pickup. I am incredibly proud to have been given the opportunity to participate in this unique project,” said Petr Zemanec, one of the trainees.

Aged between 17 and 20 years, the apprentices began work under supervision of the teachers on the Mountiaq in September 2018, with practical implementation starting in January. The first step consisted in reinforcing the body before removing the roof of the Skoda Kodiaq and fashioning a rear panel and side windows for the cab. The driver and front passenger doors were shortened as well as widened. The apprentices also developed a special mount for the winch at the front of the Skoda Mountiaq that is able to withstand the enormous stresses it experiences in off-road use. The integration of a fully functional tailgate at the end of the load bed was one of the project’s greatest challenges. The vehicle uses Skoda lettering at the rear, as introduced on the Skoda Scala and Skoda Kamiq, the first European production models to come with this feature.

To ensure supreme off-road usability, the apprentices increased the ground clearance of the almost five-metre-long pickup by around ten centimetres over that of the Kodiaq SCOUT. They achieved this in part by using 17-inch Rockstar II wheels and tyres with a particularly deep off-road tread.

This concept car’s wheelbase is 2,788 millimetres. The vehicle is powered by a muscular 2.0 TSI petrol engine delivering 140 kW (190 PS).

Article posted by Matt Sumner
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