Approaching the five-metre-long car, you’ll be drawn to the orange paintwork, the hulking frame and winch, the lighting in the radiator grille and the light-bar on the roof. The colour, Sunset, was designed by the car’s makers themselves, students from the ŠKODA AUTO Secondary Vocational School of Engineering.
Getting inside is just as easy as slipping into an SUV, helped by a sill reinforced with a shiny metal guard. The MOUNTIAQ’s ground clearance is 29 cm, a full 10 cm higher than that of the ŠKODA KODIAQ SUV, which served as inspiration for the students. You can adjust the seats, featuring the model’s own logo, electrically. Once you’ve made yourself comfortable at the orange-trimmed wheel, you can explore the interior.
There are details galore inside. The orange gear knob stands out, while the storage compartments hold items important for any trip into the wild. You can grab a blanket from the door compartment, spread it on the grass and enjoy a picnic.
If you decide to stay in the country overnight, you’ll benefit from the torch and sleeping bag stowed behind the seats, right next to the customised audio system. Your other outdoor gear can be carried on the body.
The brand’s winged-arrow logo gently glows on the black ceiling like a constellation in the night sky. Incidentally, this effect incorporates 233 diodes.
Number-crunching the MOUNTIAQ
When you start the car – using the starter button as you would with any other ŠKODA – you hear the rich sound of a two-litre petrol engine. Pressing the accelerator pedal amplifies the sound in parallel with the increasing engine speed. The MOUNTIAQ clearly has the design and power to handle any terrain and trips that go beyond the limits of the everyday.
The MOUNTIAQ is the sixth student car. Take a look at its predecessors.
ŠKODA CITIJET, 2014
The first project and the first open ŠKODA competition after many decades. The “Little Bruiser” as it was called, had to win its place in the sun and create the Azubi Car project’s good name in ŠKODA. And that’s what it did.
The students decided to build a stylish convertible based on the base model CITIGO. Inside, two seats; outside two colors - blue and white. Blue alloy sports wheels were also painted in blue and the car featured a hand-manufactured rear spoiler and a two piece exhaust. This sporty treasure ran its 1.0 MPI gas engine at 55 kW of horsepower.
ŠKODA FUNSTAR, 2015
The second year is perhaps a difficult position to be in, because the year was full of expectations that the second year’s result would outperform the first’s. Students did the best they could however, when they created an entirely new car. Courageous, original and playfull, the FUNSTAR took breathes away.
A courageous design study, a fierce and unconventional sports car. Experts and journalists were profuse with their praises, and unanimously proclaimed that coach builder pickup really did suit the FABIA. The icing on the cake was the sound system which performed famously at 1,400 watts. The ŠKODA FUNSTAR became a hit on social media sites.
ŠKODA ATERO, 2016
The third apprentice vehicle in line could not afford any hesitation - the apprentices spent an unbelievable 1,300 hours on the ATERO model. The over-4 meter coupe was based on the RAPID SPACEBACK model and the rebuilding was slightly larger than the previous two vehicles.
Since the roof of the car sloped earlier than the original model, it was necessary to remake both the B and C pillars, or alternatively, the size of the doors. But the result was worth it. The ATERO is fantastic, very emotional coupe which radiates every passion for cars that is in the ŠKODA brand. It must be said that the concept of dreams wasn’t even lost on the market either.
ŠKODA ELEMENT, 2017
The ŠKODA ELEMENT is based on the smallest model offered by ŠKODA, the CITIGO, and is powered by an electric motor.
It allows 100% relaxation in the countryside or at the beach. The ELEMENT also has a refrigerator as well as a 108 cm (diagonal) TV, which is located on the lid of the fifth door.
ŠKODA SUNROQ, 2018
The fifth Azubi Car fuses the popularity of SUVs and the sense of freedom you get from driving with the top down. You can almost smell the sea and feel the sun and beach every time you look at it. Welcome to the SUNROQ, the student-built convertible based on the KAROQ.
The SUNROQ keeps to the KAROQ’s length, width and wheelbase and even retains the powerful four-cylinder 1.5 TSI engine. The body, however, has been transformed almost beyond recognition.