Škoda students take inspiration from Dakar for latest design project

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The 25 students enrolled at Škoda’s vocational training school have drawn inspiration from the Dakar rally for their latest student project car, the Afriq. They made this choice to commemorate the rally and recognize that Škoda is now responsible for all VW Group activities in Africa.

This year, for the first time in the history of the traditional training project, the students are working alongside Škoda Motorsport, using the Kamiq City SUV as a basis for their car. Despite the motorsport operation’s involvement, the students will be solely responsible for developing the handmade one-off themselves. The vehicle will have an overall length of 4,362mm and a wheelbase of 2,649mm, and the students are planning to incorporate a variety of novel design features.

Zdeněk Stanke, team leader at the Škoda Academy, commented, “It’s great to see how much enthusiasm and creativity our apprentices bring to this project. In collaboration with the specialist teachers, who are totally dedicated to our students and work diligently with them on the details, the project participants come up with ideas every year that surprise even the experts. The apprentices always manage to give their very own dream car a unique character.”

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