Yes it’s finally here, our follow up to the immensely popular 500 Group and GrabCAD supercar body Challenge. Here is your opportunity to contribute to the design of a real, working supercar that is fast approaching production, get yourself noticed, see your design come to life and possibly join our team as others have done.
This is the same car that conquered Nurburgring last year with Le Mans driver Tim Schrick piloting. It's not surprising with 692hp and weighing only 2200lbs.
The next body is scheduled to be on our 1000+hp twin turbo roadster that is headed back to Nurburgring.
This is your opportunity to get on the world stage, kickstart your automotive design career and win $4000 in total prizes. The top 20 finalists selected by our judging panel will then be assembled for a worldwide vote for best body.
Please note there is no limit on the number of different bodies you can enter, if you see several solutions or are inspired to try different ideas, GO FOR IT and let the world see you work.
1. Body street
2. Body track
1. It’s a street super car! It should be aggressive without being absurd, it’s should look fast without looking like it escaped a racetrack.
2. Above all else it must be beautiful with timeless appeal to everyone of any age or gender.
3. Supercars are a celebration for everyone to enjoy not just the lucky few who get to own them bear that in mind when critiquing your own work, will non-car people and non-racers love your design?
4. Reminder, don’t overdo the styling for this design, you have that opportunity in #2 below.
• Here is a chance to go a little crazy, take your #1 design and heavily modify it for the track, this one is for the car guys and hardcore racers
• Shape: examples, reduce the 4” ride height to 2”, maybe put some helmet bumps on the roof, maybe an LMP fin to replace your motor canopy or a giant wings out back, or big air scoops top and side, let you imagination go wild.
• Graphics: color and graphics make a car, maybe a body wrap with giant graphics or some awesome color combos.
• Make use of as many uninterrupted ‘belt’ lines from front to back as makes sense.
• Make use of ‘cross lines’ the lines of a car should never dead-end (i.e. they should run into other lines.)
• Work from 1st principles, do you have a justification for every curve and feature?
• Is your design timeless? Avoid styling elements that are popular now as they will be short lived.
• Styling cues associated with other manufactures are prohibited, create a signature look.
• The ‘ribbons’ you see over the wheels and windscreen are suggestions for body terminations, you do not have to use them
• Pay attention to avoiding blind spots in the rear and ¾ rear views. (not relevant for body #2)
• This is a closed wheel supercar design no motorcycle style fenders. (not relevant for body #2)
• Extra points if you successfully use the existing bumpers as the bumpers for your submission
• Fascia’s can be inserted into and under the front and rear bumpers
• Extra points if your lights fall within the front and rear bumper box areas.
• This car is a convertible be sure to make both couple and convertible versions.
• You may use our roof, build from it or create your own roof shape completely.
• Use the supplied door opening but you doors may open however you wish, scissor, traditional, gullwing, suicide etc
• Uses the chassis provided and use the existing glass canopy, wheels and brakes, no modification to the chassis are permitted with the exception of the roof.
• Pay attention to aero these vehicles exceed 200mph.
• These engines consume massive volumes of air; make sure the radiators located in front of the rear wheels are very well fed.
• From the middle of the car back try to avoid angles greater than 18-20 degrees, this is the critical. angle beyond which air delaminates from the body and creates unnecessary drag at high speed.
• Your submissions must include the graphic banner supplied on your renders.
• Minimally you must upload your solid model file and produce renders from different angles, show your car as a coupe and convertible and if you’ve done something special with the doors show it off. We also like to additionally see a white render from a couple of different angles to not be distracted by color.
• Size your renders for print 11x17 or A3 paper size,
• It is recommended you post up work in progress early, you will get extra points for this and you can solicit opinions from both us and the GrabCAD Community in the comments, below. It has been our experience that those entries that followed this path where the most successful.
Please post your questions in the comments section below and review past comments to make sure your question hasn’t already been asked.
You must include:
- Solid model CAD file.
- STEP or IGS version.
- Renders from different angles:
..........Car as a coupe and convertible.
..........Show off special features (i.e. gull wing doors.)
..........White render multiple angles.
- Size your renders for print 11x17 or A3 paper size.
The competition is open to everyone. Multiple entries are acceptable. Team entries are welcome - prize will be transferred to team leader. Participants may only win one prize per Challenge.
Tag your entry with “SUPERCAR2013” when uploading to GrabCAD. If you submit through the "Submit entry" button, this should be added automatically. Only entries with valid tag will participate. Only entries uploaded to GrabCAD through the "Submit entry" button on this Challenge page will be considered an entry. Private entries are not eligible.
By entering this competition, you
1. Warrant that the work is your original work.
2. To the best of your knowledge, it is not, and has not been in production or otherwise previously published or exhibited.
3. Neither the work nor its use infringes the intellectual property rights (whether a patent, utility model, functional design right, aesthetic design right, trade mark, copyright or any other intellectual property right) of any other person.
If you think an entry may infringe on existing copyrighted materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement for any costs. The applicant’s participation shall not constitute employment, assignment or offer of employment or assignment.
The sum of the Awards is the total gross amount of the reward. The awarded participant is solely liable for the payment of all taxes, duties and other similar measures if imposed on the reward pursuant to the legislation of the country of his/her residence, domicile, citizenship, workplace, or any other criterion of similar nature. Only 1 award per person.
Only public entries will be considered. Any private submissions will be made public at the Challenge deadline.
We will release the finalists before the final announcement to give the Community an opportunity to "vote" for their favorites in the comments. The jury will take these into consideration when picking the final winner. This new addition is based on feedback from you!
Winning designs will be chosen based on the rules and requirements. This Challenge ends on January 13, 2014 (11:59pm UTC). Winners will be announced by February 13, 2014.
Void where prohibited.
$4,000 in cash prizes + GrabCAD swag
$2,000 cash + GrabCAD swag
$1,000 cash + GrabCAD swag
$500 cash + GrabCAD swag
$500 cash + GrabCAD swag
Up to 20 finalists will be selected for a worldwide vote for best body via a popular publication.
Meet our panel of judges expertly equipped to select winning entries:
- Greg Overton, Curator of the Discovery Channel’s Gateways Auto Museum www.gatewayautomuseum.com
- Tim Schrick, a professional race car driver and media celebrity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Schrick
- John Waraniak, Vice President of Vehicle Technology at SEMA www.sema.org
- Dawn Golden, Account Manager at General Motors www.gm.com
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.