The Skoda Karoq Velo boasts a washing machine. No matter which way you spin it, that’s a pretty neat feature to have onboard.
Developed and built by Skoda UK, the Karoq Velo is the result of a survey of 1,500 active cyclists who were asked to suggest ideas for the perfect support vehicle.
It’s like having your very own Tour de France race support team car for the Tour de Commute or the Tour de Weekend Ride With Your Mates.
Cycling spin cycle
Twenty-seven percent of the respondents told Skoda that returning to their car in damp cycling kit was a major downside of riding, which is why the Karoq Velo features in an integrated spin cycle washing machine.
Thirty-one percent said mechanical issues were a headache, so Skoda created a full tool kit and the equipment required to facilitate rapid puncture repairs.
Cleverly, the Karoq Velo has enough room for three bikes – two on the roof and one inside – with space for three passengers. Once inside, the cyclists can use the Karoq’s wifi hotspot to upload footage of their gruelling ride to YouTube.
Sadly, the Karoq Velo is not available for sale, which is shame, as we know of at least one person who would be first in the queue for the ‘perfect cycling support vehicle’. Motoring Research MD Richard Aucock is our resident cycling expert.
You can check out the Skoda Karoq Velo in full courtesy of this video featuring Keira McVitty and Laura Scott.
Skoda says that it “remains a one-off concept car for now”, which leaves the door slightly ajar for a future production version.
Unlike the majority of concept cars, we think the Karoq Velo would garner enough interest to make it a viable prospect, especially given the fact that 1.7 million Brits cycle every day.
The only thing we’d change is the car. Give the Skoda Superb the full Velo makeover and you could pretend to be driving a fully-staffed race support team car. Where do we sign? Or rather, where does Richard sign?