500 Group is pleased to work together with the GrabCAD team to offer the community an incredible challenge to design the body of a supercar currently undergoing testing in the UK’s “F1 belt” and scheduled for a 2013 launch.
Developed under a General Motors special-projects supply agreement, the cars use all GM performance parts hardware and feature the GM V8 line of E-Rod LS3, LS7 and mighty 638hp supercharged LS9 engines.
Prizes include $3500 in cash as well as the possibility of additional work and invitations to select test locations in Europe, North Africa and the USA. Most of all this is an opportunity to help create a significant new automobile.
There are 2 body challenges. Members are encouraged to submit entries in both categories.
Challenge 1 / Street
• Design balance and an integrated appearance is the primary challenge for a street body along with a signature element. Street cars are a reflection of their owners. Customers must imagine themselves driving the car.
Challenge 2 / Track
• Think LMP, an opportunity to create a body sculpted by airflow and the track, be bold, submissions must remain street legal and practical
Questions may be submitted in the open forum here and we will try to answer all questions unless the question has been previously asked or the answer is considered confidential.
By downloading the contest files and or making submission(s) to the contest in order to be eligible for goods prizes and other consideration as stated under the terms and rules of the contest, contestant represents to be the sole author of the submission(s) and agrees that the submission(s) and any and all intellectual property contained therein are assigned to and becomes the property of the contest sponsor 500 Group Inc
Work from first principles, have a functional or visual justification for every curve and feature in your submission
Pay attention to Aero for speed and safety. These vehicles exceed 225mph / 360kph
Imagine how wind leaves the body, the purpose of the wind and how it moves through the car
Is your design timeless? Avoid styling elements that are short lived
Does your design have a visual ‘hook’? A subconscious element that define it and makes it memorable like a song
Visibility from the cabin is important especially the traditional supercar blind spot the rear 3/4
Styling cues closely associated with another manufacturers brand are to be avoided
Be practical, ground clearance is necessary at 4 ¾” / 120mm, imagine kerbs and parking lots
If necessary, the nose section, tail section, windscreen, mirror and wing may be modified although their general principle should be maintained
Lights and legalities may be mounted to the nose and tail sections
The windscreen and side window baselines do not have to be your baselines, although the beltlines are already reasonably high
The car is a targa convertible, i.e. the center roof panel is removable and this should be considered
This is a closed wheel design, no motorcycle style fenders for this submission please
Use simplicity and an overarching visual element for cohesiveness. Use detailing and subtle elements such as creasing to draw the viewers’ eye where you want it to go
Make it aggressive, clean and beautiful
Submit your solid model files
Submit Renders; minimally a front ¾ and a rear ¾ in both black and silver bodies to ensure parity between submissions. Employ a realistic perspective
Size your renders for print and review in 8 ½ x 11 or A4
All body submission must be on the chassis-in-white available for download
Winning design will be chosen by GrabCAD community by likes on the model
All the models have to be public
Team entries are welcome
You can submit several designs
Only models uploaded to GrabCAD library will participate in the competition
Tag your model with “supercarbodychallenge”
The Challenge starts 1st March 2012 and ends 9th April 2012 23:59 Last Time Zone
Models can be done in any CAD software as long as a Parasolid XT or IGES with original software files are provided
Competition winner will be announced in GrabCAD’s blog
Only models uploaded through this challenge page will participate in the competition
The private entries will be public after the end of deadline.
People are able to give ''likes'' 2 weeks after the end of competition until last time zone, 23.04.12
1000 USD FOR WINNER, TOTAL PRIZES 3500 USD
The winners of the Supercar Body Challenge will be chosen based on likes to the models by GrabCAD community that might be affected by the feedback given in http://grabcad.com/challenges/supercar-body-feedback-challenge People are able to give ''likes'' 2 weeks after the end of competition until last time zone, 23.04.12
500 Group Inc is an intellectual property company that engineers, patents and licenses new technologies to industry with total worldwide sales currently in excess of $420m