The SSC (Shelby Supercars -http://www.shelbysupercars.com/) design team would like to create an exciting challenge opportunity for the auto-enthusiast design engineer out there. They need an interior design that has an appearance and feel that is cutting-edge, semi-futuristic, elegant, purpose built and follows the already completed exterior body design of the Tuatara.
Here is a narrative to describe the Tuatara: The SSC Tuatara is unadulterated adrenaline created to produce the ultimate driving experience. It is powered by an ultra-high-revving twin turbo V8, and generates 1350 hp at a maximum speed of 275 mph. With a compelling purpose, the SSC Tuatara beautifully balances soft, sensual volumes while taking its inspiration from prototype race cars and the innovative spirit of the American aerospace industry. The teardrop shaped canopy suspended atop the fuselage-like body and vertical stabilizing fins distinctly reflect its fighter jet influence. The use of light weight exotic materials throughout the design are featured externally by the cutting edge technology encompassed in the one-piece carbon fiber wheels by Carbon Revolution. This technology acts as the foundation for strength, beauty and extreme performance of the Tuatara. Please see the attached photo's to direct your imagination. At this point of the design process, we only need design concepts (not detailed component drawings) and we love the idea of having the imaginations of numerous engineers working on the early stage of this important part of the process. Please download the attached specification that will provide the general design space parameters for this challenge.
The Ultimate Aero interior photo's were not provided to guide your imagination (we want to obtain a completely different style/design), they were only provided to offer visual perspective for steering wheel placement, deep foot-wells, and radical slope of the windshield.
Interior must have A/C- Heater Vents
Interior must have display instruments (Could be one display or many individual instruments) Normally would include Speedometer, Tachometer, Water Temp, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, Horsepower Gauge, Transmission Temp, Fuel Level, Turn Signal indicators, etc.
Design should feature a centrally located, large touch screen to control everything from A/C- heat controls, Navigation, Power Windows, Power Mirrors, Sound System, Full Time Rear View Camera. This is not mandatory but can be utilized in the design.
The Tuatara comes standard with a 7-speed H-pattern shifter (centrally mounted on the console). But SSC also offers an optional steering wheel mounted paddle shift for the clutchless customer. Use the H shifter if only doing one version.
Shelby would like to see 3D models as well as photo realistic renderings for visualization purposes
Dimensions given in the DWG are general dimensions just to base some interior concepts from. SSC will be shifting dimensions slightly during the passenger ergonomics study, but they need to make a decision on a basic concept to get started.
SSC is looking for a conceptual design for the interior package, including: Seats, dash, console, instruments, door panels, A/C-Heater Vents. The design doesn't have to be finalized.
Winning design will be chosen based on the appearance and feel, design and elegance of the interior.
The competition is open to everyone
Team entries are welcome. In case of team win, prize money will be transferred to team leader who is solely responsible for splitting it among team members
You can submit several designs
Only models uploaded to GrabCAD library will participate in the competition
Only models uploaded through this challenge page here will participate in the competition
Tag your model with “tuatara” to make it easier to find.
You may upload a private model but you need to share access to email@example.com
Privately uploaded models will be made public after the competition deadline
Models can be done in any CAD software as long as a STEP or IGES files are also uploaded
Competition starts: 21st of October, 2011
Competition ends: 3rd of November, 2011
Competition winner will be announced in GrabCAD’s blog no later than 10th of November
Winner will also have the potential opportunity to be hired as a consultant for the project to work in conjunction with the body engineers to carry their interior design concept all the way through the design steps to the final manufactured components.
Design panel from SSC will be formed to select the top six candidates with a little help of team GrabCAD
SSC (http://www.shelbysupercars.com) is an American supercar company founded in 1999 by automotive enthusiast, Jerod Shelby. SSC's headquarters in Tri-Cities, Washington, is also the hometown of Mr. Shelby and home to his dream. Fueled by his passion for racing and automotive culture SSC's success is a true representation of the American Dream.
SSC was created with the company goal of creating a world class automotive manufacturer. Seven years of development culminated in 2007 with the production of the Ultimate Aero. A major step in accomplishing the company goal was made on September 13th 2007 when the Ultimate Aero became the World's Fastest Production Car as verified by Guinness World RecordsTM.
Competing with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg (to name a few), SSC has and continues to exponentially accelerate in its development and production of world class supercars. SSC will soon release a next generation supercar that will up the ante on all levels.