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AUTO(R) 2012 DESIGN CHALLENGE: CREATE URBAN ELECTRIC MICRO VEHICLE.

The urban mobility market is booming. By 2015 thirty million scooters will be sold annually. People are buying them to move quickly through urban traffic, to park where cars cannot and to save on fuel. At the same time, many commuters avoid purchasing two wheelers because they’re frequently uncomfortable and only drive well in nice weather. This niche is so big that manufacturers are starting to create vehicles just for this demographic. Motorcycle companies are experimenting with larger and more feature-filled motorcycles while automotive companies are shrinking their vehicles. These companies are all fighting for the same consumers.

We challenge you to create the most desirable urban vehicle of them all.

WINNERS FOR PREVIOUS CHALLENGES:
2011 Design Challenge: New car body type for transition economies in 2020
Young designer category: Mirko Vujičić
Professional designer category: David Olsen (USA)
Entries: http://www.automotivedesignconference.com/design-challenge/2011-2/

2010 Design Challenge: Automobile for senior citizens
Young designer category: Zdenko Vukoja
Entries: http://www.automotivedesignconference.com/design-challenge/2010-2/

2009 Design Challenge: Automobile for generation born 1990
Young designer category: Elvis Tomljenović
Entries: http://www.automotivedesignconference.com/design-challenge/2009-2/

Urban mobility is a hot topic right now, but traffic jams have been around since Babylon. One hundred years ago Peugeot hired Ettore Bugatti, then a young Italian engineer, to create a small car for mobility in Paris. After WWII, the average European could not afford a car, so in the 50s and 60s many budget microcars, nicknamed “bubble cars” emerged. Now, microcars are coming back!

Requirements

  • Ground-based vehicle - no flying saucers please

  • Three or four wheels - but remember that this is a microcar!

  • Small footprint - easy to move around and easy to park is essential in big city

  • Single seated or tandem (1+1 or 2 seats) - 90% of commuters ride alone, but people like to have possibility to give someone a ride

  • Enclosed cabin - nobody wants to get wet or cold. Open vehicles are welcome, so long as they have a roof, either soft or hard

  • Small boot (trunk) capacity - what do you carry around city? Laptop, sport bag, shopping bags...

  • Electric vehicle - it just makes sense

  • Excellent style and design

Rules

  • Project submission deadline is 15 April 2012 at midnight by CET

  • Participants are divided in two categories, according to their work experience:
    1. Professionals – one who works or have worked in automotive industry, including
    internship
    2. Young designers – one who never worked or obtained internship in automotive
    industry

  • Submission has to contain: project title, short description in English, authors name and surname. When submitting your work state category you apply for (1. or 2.)

  • Responsibility for branding is upon contenders

  • Presentation has to be submitted on one B1 portrait format in digital form, ready for print

  • The competition is open to everyone

  • Team entries are welcome

  • You can submit several designs

  • Tag your entry with “electric vehicle” to make it easier to find

  • Privately uploaded entries will be made public after the competition deadline. Access needs to be shared to daniel@scuderiazagreb.com and kaspar@grabcad.com

  • Competition winner will be announced at Automotive Design Conference and here on this challenge page.

Prizes

Prize

The best projects get worldwide promotion and GrabCAD motivation packages.

About the jury?

Winner will be chosen by automotive design experts and speakers at Auto(r) 2012 Automotive Design Conference.

List of the jurors:
1) Frank Stephenson, Design Director, McLaren

2) Gordon Murray, renowned designer of Formula One race cars and the McLaren F1 road car, (Gordon Murray Design)

3) Peter Stevens, 2002 Automotive Designer of the Year by AutoCar Magazine, (Peter Stevens Design)

4) Sébastien Stassin, (Kiska)

5) Automotive Design Conference speakers

About Automotive Design Conference

First staged in 2009, Auto(r) is one of the world's most important automotive design conferences and the biggest one in Europe. This is world's only event where automotive designers address people who are not professionally connected with automotive industry. This mass orientated conference mission is to promote automotive design as part of industrial design and to popularize automotive culture in general. Number of visitors is constantly growing and event itself became automotive think-tank. The event offers unique networking opportunity and is proven as a place where new ideas are born.

www.automotivedesignconference.com

40 comments

  • Doug Davey

    Doug Davey over 2 years ago

    Is this a concept design or must all detail be added, eg enging suspention ect

    Doug Davey has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 389 comments.
  • Doug Davey

    Doug Davey over 2 years ago

    Is there somewhere where we can see past entres

    Doug Davey has uploaded 41 CAD models & has left 389 comments.
  • Lauri Poldre

    Lauri Poldre over 2 years ago

    Doug, it is just concept design so no such things as suspension etc.
    Have added links to past entries above.

    Lauri Poldre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 120 comments.
  • Manolis Theofilos

    Manolis Theofilos over 2 years ago

    Nice!!!!!!

    Manolis Theofilos has uploaded 85 CAD models & has left 596 comments.
  • Tobias Mattsson

    Tobias Mattsson over 2 years ago

    Really nice, i hope i have the time to make atleast one concept for this one!

    Tobias Mattsson has uploaded 79 CAD models & has left 1016 comments.
  • Marcus

    Marcus over 2 years ago

    Nice ...

    Marcus has uploaded 128 CAD models & has left 480 comments.
  • Joshua Shepherd

    Joshua Shepherd over 2 years ago

    what is a "GrabCAD Motivation Package"?

    Joshua Shepherd has uploaded 4 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
  • Lauri Poldre

    Lauri Poldre over 2 years ago

    Joshua, its T-shirt, stickers or some memorabilia

    Lauri Poldre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 120 comments.
  • Ghioca Claudiu

    Ghioca Claudiu over 2 years ago

    Do we have to use a 3d software or it can be done with pencils and paper....i like the second bether....i like to draw

    Ghioca Claudiu has uploaded 73 CAD models & has left 181 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    @Ghioca Claudiu. It must be done in 3D software. You can team up with other members that might be able to help you out with the 3D design.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Ghioca Claudiu

    Ghioca Claudiu over 2 years ago

    To much work for such a small prize....my oppinion...our designs can be used to make a real city car....they get the money and fame and we get the "motivation". But i will get into the challenge just for exercise.....

    Ghioca Claudiu has uploaded 73 CAD models & has left 181 comments.
  • Hardi Meybaum

    Hardi Meybaum over 2 years ago

    Chioca, take this is a ticket to impress amazing jury:

    1) Frank Stephenson, Design Director, McLaren
    2) Gordon Murray, renowned designer of Formula One race cars and the McLaren F1 road car, (Gordon Murray Design)
    3) Peter Stevens, 2002 Automotive Designer of the Year by AutoCar Magazine, (Peter Stevens Design)
    4) Sébastien Stassin, (Kiska)

    Hardi Meybaum has uploaded 6 CAD models & has left 1808 comments.
  • FPF Design

    FPF Design over 2 years ago

    Hello all!

    I have two quick questions. Me and my friend will enter this competition as a team. I am new to this site so I wonder how we go about doing that. My other question is in what category we will end up. I, the designer has not yet worked in the automotive industry and my modeller teammate is currently working in the industry. What will happen?

    FPF Design has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Daniel Tomicic

    Daniel Tomicic over 2 years ago

    @FPF We welcome teams, so feel free to work together on this project. Since one of you have experience from automotive industry you'll enter pro category.

    Daniel Tomicic has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • FPF Design

    FPF Design over 2 years ago

    Thank you for the anwser @ Daniel Tomicic!

    FPF Design has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • daad9144

    daad9144 over 2 years ago

    wow hope i can get something in and the supercar challenge !

    also, is there a specific time in the future for this vehicle, 5 years, 10 yrs etc?

    daad9144 has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 33 comments.
  • Emil Pop

    Emil Pop over 2 years ago

    how do I add here a car that I already loaded in my profile a while ago, but that fits this contest?

    Emil Pop has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 117 comments.
  • Emil Pop

    Emil Pop over 2 years ago

    Grabcad has serious technical problems, here is the standard message:
    Sorry, but something went wrong

    We have been notified about this issue and we will take a look at it shortly. Try again in a minute!

    This is coming up 20 times a day when pushing the button to upload a model, or to load a review, or the upload button itself after selecting the file to be loaded, or simply trying to see somebody's profile or project.
    How can people participate in contests or upload models if the site itself is broken?

    Emil Pop has uploaded 21 CAD models & has left 117 comments.
  • joost

    joost over 2 years ago

    does someone know how to create a B1 format presentation (microsoft publisher doesn't work)

    joost has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    The upload problem has now been fixed. Sorry about that and thank you for your patience.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • joost

    joost over 2 years ago

    Hello does someone know how to create a B1 format presentation

    joost has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Stoycho

    Stoycho over 2 years ago

    Hello!
    I think that B1 Presentation is actually a panel with dimensions: 707/1000 mm (portrait format). But I have another question: how do I upload a project for the competition? By e-mail, sending my B1 presentation, or uploading here, on the webpage? What does "Privately uploaded entries" mean? Let's say I want to upload B1 presentation privately... Thanks :)

    Stoycho has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • daad9144

    daad9144 over 2 years ago

    Does this contest require a 3D Cad model?

    daad9144 has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 33 comments.
  • peterr

    peterr over 2 years ago

    Hi There,

    I am wondering in regards to this competition, what is the promotion like in order to further our careers, has anyone been 'discovered' through these types of contests? also do we have any protection over our ideas?

    thank you much!

    peterr has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 2 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    @Stycho please upload the B1 format as "Cad file" to our library. Privately uploaded entries mean that your design will be seen only by people you share the CAD file with. For example on this challenge you need to share model with daniel@scuderiazagreb.com and kaspar@grabcad.com

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    @peterr terms and conditions can be found from the following page: http://grabcad.com/challenges/terms

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Daniel Tomicic

    Daniel Tomicic over 2 years ago

    @peterr You'd be surprised how many people from automotive industry follow this kind of contests. There are designers who event got employed in this way.

    Daniel Tomicic has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Daniel Tomicic

    Daniel Tomicic over 2 years ago

    @joost For B1 presentation use Adobe Ilustrator, Photoshop, Corel Draw or some similar project.

    Daniel Tomicic has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 25 comments.
  • Rasa Ahnkrep

    Rasa Ahnkrep over 2 years ago

    for this challenge, i would need to submit 1 3D model and 1 2D model in B1 format, is that correct? i learned about this challenge just now, can i make a basic undetailed 3D model and finish up the rest in my 2D?

    Rasa Ahnkrep has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 1 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    @Rasa yes you can as long as 3D CAD files are attached.

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Kaspar Kiis

    Kaspar Kiis over 2 years ago

    Thank you to all the participants. Can everybody please make sure they have their entries listed: http://grabcad.com/challenges/urban-e-v/entries If no, please send me an e-mail to kaspar@grabcad.com

    Kaspar Kiis has uploaded 3 CAD models & has left 1175 comments.
  • Branko Stokuca

    Branko Stokuca over 2 years ago

    It's all good. My car is there.

    Branko Stokuca has uploaded 117 CAD models & has left 1005 comments.
  • Guillaume Cabandé

    Guillaume Cabandé over 2 years ago

    little question...do you know date of result ??????

    Guillaume Cabandé has uploaded 16 CAD models & has left 47 comments.
  • Lauri Poldre

    Lauri Poldre over 2 years ago

    Thank you to all participants! Winners will be announced at the Automotive Design Conference on 5th of May http://www.automotivedesignconference.com/

    Lauri Poldre has uploaded 1 CAD models & has left 120 comments.
  • Guillaume Cabandé

    Guillaume Cabandé over 2 years ago

    ...

    Guillaume Cabandé has uploaded 16 CAD models & has left 47 comments.
  • Thilina

    Thilina over 2 years ago

    may I know the winners please

    Thilina has uploaded 42 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Thilina

    Thilina over 2 years ago

    may I know the winners please

    Thilina has uploaded 42 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Thilina

    Thilina over 2 years ago

    any details on winners?

    Thilina has uploaded 42 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Thilina

    Thilina over 2 years ago

    any details on winners?

    Thilina has uploaded 42 CAD models & has left 22 comments.
  • Daniel Tomicic

    Daniel Tomicic almost 2 years ago

    Daniel Tomicic has uploaded 0 CAD models & has left 9 comments.
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