Sunday, September 23, 2012

Car Body Design - Remote Explorer Design Contest

Car Body Design in partnership with CGMA is launching a new concept design contest. The winner will be awarded the “Vehicle and Mechs” 8-weeks online master class held by designer Paul Christopher and worth $599.

Following their first contest – for which they will soon publish some updates and an image gallery, they are launching a new competition in partnership with CGMA (Computer Graphics Master Academy), a leading provider of online digital art education aimed at entertainment designers, concept artists and illustrators.

The winner will have the chance to participate in the upcoming Vehicle and Mechs online Master Class organized by CGMA and taught by concept designer Paul Christopher.

The brief is to design a futuristic vehicle for scientific research and exploration on a remote region of Earth in the year 2100. Requirement is to submit a single design panel in digital format (PDF or JPG) including at minimum a clean rendering/drawing in 3/4 view showing the vehicle’s main shapes and features plus a cinematic shot aimed at “selling” your concept to a virtual “director”. Entries must be sent to within Sunday 7th October 2012 at 23:59 EST. Attachments should not exceed 10MB in size.

The contest is open to everyone – amateurs, design students and professionals – however the Master Class requires solid drawing foundations, good dynamic and observational sketching skills and creativity.


BMW - Local Motors Design Ideas Contest

BMW Group and Local Motors have announced a new design ideas contest asking the online community to identify vehicle features for the urban driving experience in the year 2025.
The BMW Urban Driving Experience Challenge, hosted by the Forge at Local Motors, will be a two-phase contest that engages participants in the a forward-focused challenge aimed at providing next-generation driving solutions to the world’s growing urban populations of “Mega-City” environments.

BMW is seeking designs that provide innovative solutions that strike a balance between global requirements and individual needs for the year 2025.

The first phase of the challenge will begin on September 25, 2012 and last until October 16, 2012.
A detailed design brief and video outlining specific goals and deliverables will be released on the Local Motors website on September 25. A second challenge will begin in mid-November.

In all, $30,000 in prize money will be awarded along with the opportunity for the top winners in each competition to travel to BMW headquarters in Munich to meet with the company’s director of research and development.


More Info at:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Car Body Design - Classic Motorsports Design Sketch Contest

Car Body Design is launching their first design competition, asking to sketch a sportscar from the 1950s-1960s. The winners will receive the “How to Draw Cars Now!” DVD set and a Amazon Gift Certificate and all participants will be the first to have their ready-made portfolio on Car Body Design.

Entries must be sent to and the submission deadline is Sunday 16 September 2012 at 11:59PM EST.

Source and more details at:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

LM - Domino's Pizza: Ultimate Delivery Vehicle Design Competition

Local Motors in partnership with Domino’s Pizza have launched a new design contest in five stages that asks to create a pizza delivery vehicle. More than $50,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Prize amounts will vary per competition. In all, more than $50,000 in prize money will be awarded along with the opportunity to see the top designs in each competition through to prototype.

Ultimate Delivery Vehicle Competition Stages

  • Design: Begins August 13 and ends September 23
  • Packaging: Begins October 30 and ends November 12
  • Interior: Begins November 27 and ends December 11
  • Surfacing: Begins January 8, 2013 and ends January 22, 2013
  • Rendering: Begins February 5, 2013 and ends February 19, 2013


iF - International Bicycle Design Competition

IBDC (International Bicycle Design Competition) will be staged as a project organized by iF DESIGN TALENTS GmbH. For the first time, the entries submitted by students and those submitted by young and talented designers will be evaluated separately from one another - this is a good and important step in the direction of providing for a more transparent, more fair comparison. Together with the Cycling & Health Tech Industry R&D Center (CHC), innovative, exciting, inspiring and amazing entries in this competition are expected. Starting in May and up until 15 September, students and young designers from all the different disciplines are invited to enter their concepts and designs in the IBDC 2013.

Registration Deadline: 15 September 2012

More Details at

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I DRAW CARS sketchbook makers have launched their first design sketch contest. The submission 
deadline is Wednesday July 25, 2012.

Participants must submit their works to
The entries will be included in the Facebook Album titled Summer Sketch Off, and the winners will be selected based on the number of Facebook likes.
The contest is open to anyone worldwide, and asks for original works only. Sketches can be created using any type of digital or analog media.
Three prizes are available:
  • 1st Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card, (1) I DRAW CARS Sketchbook, (1) I DRAW CARS T-shirt, (1) I DRAW CARS decal pack (1 black, 1 white)
  • 2nd Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, (1) I DRAW CARS Sketchbook, (1) I DRAW CARS T-shirt, (1) I DRAW CARS decal pack (1 black, 1 white)
  • 3rd Prize: (1) I DRAW CARS Sketchbook, (1) I DRAW CARS T-shirt, (1) I DRAW CARS decal pack (1 black, 1 white)
For more information visit

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge 2012

Dassault Systèmes and AutoDesign&Styling, supported by the civic association Czechdesign, announce the second edition of an international competition for young designers. The theme is very free, only restricted to the requirement that the idea should be in the form of a “scenario”. It is set in Prague as an important European city, an inspiring place with a rich history, and a potential seedbed of future trends.

Source & More Info at:

Friday, June 8, 2012

Local Motors - Peterbilt Truck Design Contest

Peterbilt Motors has teamed up with Local Motors to launch a new online competition, the Peterbilt Road Icon Generation 2 challenge.

The challenge is to design the next generation Peterbilt Icon, using existing elements of the cab to create a more aerodynamic, modern and stylish product. Designers will have the support and feedback of Peterbilt designers and engineers throughout the submission stage.

"This has been an exciting partnership," said John B. Rogers, Jr., President, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors. "We believe the community will create a truly amazing work of art for Peterbilt."

Participants must submit their work by midnight on 26 June, with voting beginning on 28 June and ending on 8 July. The winner will be officially announced on 23 July.

Peterbilt will award $15,000 in prizes, with the winner, selected by the Peterbilt team from the top 10 community-voted entries, receiving $7,500. The designers who are awarded second and third places in the community vote will earn themselves $2,500 and $1,500 respectively. Those who complete the top ten results will receive $500 each, also selected through a community vote.

Source: Car Design News
More Info at:

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Infiniti Curved Visions Digital Art Contest

Infiniti has launched a digital art contest that asks participants to create a digital interpretation of the curves that define the brand’s model line-up. The deadline is July 10, 2012.

The contest, which is organized in partnership with designboom and open for the next three months, challenges artists to define their digital interpretation of the curves which flow through Infiniti’s line-up of cars as well as the individual experience which they evoke. Participants can submit works in form of computer-generated sculptures, 2D or 3D video animations, or experiential cinema projections.

More Info at:

b'Twin Velomobile Bike Contest

b’Twin in partnership with Local Motors have launched the Velomobile Bike Design Competition, asking participants to create a lightweight trycicle with electric option. The deadline is May 15, 2012.

The first phase of this challenge is industrial design and will be followed by 2 subsequent engineering development challenges. The first three winners, to be announced on May 31, 2012, will respectively receive $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 cash prizes.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eco Bike Design Contest Consortium has launched a design competition that asks to submit ideas for an electric bike and a photovoltaic shelter. The submission deadline is June 29 2012.

The contest is organized by Politecnico di Milano’s and photovoltaic technology company Solsonica Spa and is patrocined by ADI (Associazione Italiana per il Disegno Industriale). Participants are asked to design an electrically-assisted bike and a shelter with photovoltaic panels for protecting and recharging the bike.

The first three winners will be respectively awarded with €4,000, €2,000 and €1,000 cash prizes. 

For more information visit the competition’s website


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bombardier YouCity Contest

Bombardier YouCity is an online competition about the evolution of mobility in fast-growing urban areas. "With more than two thirds of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, these commercial and cultural hubs urgently need to evolve in terms of improving the mobility of their populations and driving sustainable economic growth", says Martin Ertl, Chief Innovation Officer for Bombardier Transportation. "Our YouCity contest will provide innovators of the future a unique platform to demonstrate what smart urban mobility will look like on the horizon."

The online competition is open to students and professionals with a vision for the future of urban mobility from developed cities to emerging cities of the future.


01.03.2012: Registration to the competition is open
16.04.2012: Competition starts with Task 1
14.05.2012: Task 1 is closed. Launch of Task 2
10.06.2012: End of the online competition
July 2012: Jury meeting
01.08.2012: Announcement of winners on the website
17.09.2012: Bonus Task 3 held as an offline workshop: “YouCity Innovation Camp” starts in Berlin
20.09.2012: Final presentation and Award ceremony at InnoTrans 2012 in Berlin

More Info at

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Auto(r) - Electic Micro Vehicle Design Contest

From Auto(r) website:
Urban mobility market is booming. By 2015 thirty million scooters will be sold annually. People are buying them to move fast through urban traffic, to park where car can’t and to save on fuel. In the same time, many commuters don’t choose two wheelers because they’re neither comfortable nor driveable in all weather. This niche is so big that manufacturers started to create vehicles just for them. Motorcycle companies experiment with bigger and automotive with smaller vehicles. They all fight for same people. We challenge you to create the most desirable urban vehicle of them all.

Every project MUST include following:
- Ground-based vehicle – no flying saucers please
- Three or four wheels – since this is a microcar, perhaps you’d like to think trike a like?
- 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 won’t to get wet or cold, but that doesn’t mean open vehicles are not welcome, a long as they have roof, soft or hard
- Small boot capacity – what do you carry around city? Laptop, sport bag, shopping bangs…
- Electric vehicle – they’re just must have these days
- Excellent style – beside the fact this is design challenge, there is no excuse for bad design

Last Date: 15 April 2012

- Gordon Murray (Gordon Murray Design)
- Sébastien Stassin (Kiska)
- Frank Stephenson (McLaren)
+ Auto(r) 2012 speakers

More Details and Brochure at

Sunday, March 18, 2012

DYPDC Design Contest

India-based DYPDC Center for Automotive Research has launched a design contest open to students that asks to create original vehicles with four different briefs. The deadline is May 31 2012.

The competition organized by DY-PDC is open to students between 18 and 27 years of age, who are asked to submit sketches of an original design, based on one or more of the following briefs:
  • A futuristic car for a Bond Girl.
  • An iconic, eco-friendly public transport for India.
  • A 2-seater vehicle that can ply on the road and in the sky.
  • A F1-car inspired vehicle.
The submission deadline is May 31 2012, and the winners will be announced on August the 1st, 2012. The first three prizes are an iPad, a Samsung tablet and an iPod.

Details at

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Interior Motives Design Awards 2012

Registration for the 10th Car Design News-Interior Motives Student Design Awards is open. This is a chance to take part in one of the most important competitions in the design calendar, and to display your talent and fresh thinking to the world's top vehicle designers and the automotive media.

The Awards are open to anyone studying full time at a design school or college in any discipline (not just automotive or transportation).

More Details at 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Porsche NEXT Design Challenge

Think you can design something amazing inspired by the Porsche 911? If so, you might win a 911 for a year, or $20,000.

Challenge : Design an object smaller than a living room and bigger than a purse, which references three design elements taken from Porsche 911s of the past or present. (But not a car!)

Details at

Friday, February 24, 2012

GEN Y 2012 Car Design Competition

GEN Y 2012 Car Design Competition Liberty Electric Cars has launched a competition GEN Y 2012 Car Design Competition.

Liberty Electric Cars designs, develops and produces leading edge electric vehicle technologies and vehicles to serve growing demand for zero-emission transport solutions in markets around the world. We're looking for talented individuals to submit their ideas for the car of the future. The lucky winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 and a 6 month internship at Liberty Electric Cars, working on a proof of concept to prototype.

Official website:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

TI Cycles Design Contest

New design competition from TI Cycles of India to encourage fresh and innovative
design solutions.

Theme of the competition for this year is Bike for Indian Teenagers in
. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and professionals to
win a chance to learn and work with the designers at TI Cycles of India and
win a cool cash prize of INR 1,00,000 as well.

Last date of submitting the entries are 15 May, 2012.

More details at
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

New blog on Urban Transport Systems

Please check/follow and contribute to this blog if you are interested in urban transportation, especially in multi-modal and mass transit systems.

GM PACE Contest

Selected entries will present in Shanghai in July 2012. Details coming soon.

Core77 Design Awards

May be a Paid Contest, please go through the details.




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

local motor entries

we wish good luck to all the participants of LM. Please look and vote for the entries. Pratyush, Ashish, Anand, Bhushan