These are the cars of tomorrow?

Le Mans (France), 28 October 2016

Under the motto "Le Mans 2030: design for the win" was looking for the tyre manufacturer Michelin designs for the cars of the 24-hour race of Le Mans in the year 2030. The participation was overwhelming, the results can be seen.

Active participation in the competition

The jury made up of car designers and industry experts reached over 1,600 submissions from 80 countries. Three designs were awarded at the end of the design challenge. On the first place, the "Infiniti Le Mans 2030" ended up study of Tao NI from China. 2nd Daniel Bacelar Pereira from Portugal finished with his vision of the "Bentley 9 plus Michelin battery slick" and Kurt Scanlan from Portugal with the "Cierzo C1" secured the third place. Total managed ten entries in the finals of the competition.

Many good submissions

In addition ten other creations in addition to the Ten finalists were honored by the unusually high compared to previous design tasks number of high quality submissions, we have recorded in our picture gallery. Michelin exhibits beginning January 2017 all winning designs at the upcoming auto show in Detroit, the French tire manufacturer as personal guests to this event invites the top three finishers. Beyond 2017 presented the design at the 24 hours of Le Mans. All members of the winning teams get also access to an exclusive online community, which only the winners and jury members of the Michelin Challenge design is reserved.

Positive criticism by Michelin

"The winners of the Michelin Challenge design 2017 many highly innovative ideas presented for Le Mans by 2030." The quality of this year's entries was"really outstanding, says Thom Roach, Vice President of original equipment marketing for Michelin North and South America. "We congratulate the winners for their stimulating and visually fascinating designs for the world's largest endurance race, the 24 hours of Le Mans."

The next competition

Also the theme for now 18 competition 2018 have already been set: "mobility/utility/flexibility: Designing for the next global revolution". It's for participants therefore, a pickup truck or an open vehicle as it often found in agriculture, to design for use in the future. Manufacturer, automotive supplier, independent design studios, professional designers and design students and students can participate. Work by individuals and teams are allowed. (mf)

by Joe Fabrini

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