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The Challenge for 2013:

HALF! Lightweight with a Passion

As consumers and governments push for dramatic gains in fuel efficiency, the automotive industry is looking to design and develop lightweight next-generation vehicles.

Designers create the inspirational forms that drive desire for vehicle ownership, but they will also contribute to lightweight vehicle development through materials choices and using the most effective manufacturing techniques. Successful design relies on closer cooperation between design, engineering, manufacturing and planning than ever before.

Participants are asked to explore lightweight vehicle development by designing a family vehicle capable of transporting between four and six people, meeting consumer demands for safety and comfort, usable on the current road infrastructure, and production feasible using materials, powertrain solutions, or manufacturing solutions that are in use today or in development for use in the foreseeable future.

Michelin is looking for exciting and passionate designs that employ innovative vehicle architecture for weight reduction, without compromising safety or comfort. The vehicle's lightweight characteristics must extend to the tire/wheel assembly, including dimensional specifications and visual detail of the tire/wheel assembly.

Deliverables:

  1. 2D renderings/drawings/sketches illustrating vehicle architecture from a minimum of three perspectives—at least one with context of people and intended driving environment.
  2. 2D renderings/drawings/sketches illustrating the tire and wheel assembly from a minimum of three perspectives, including dimensions and specifications.
  3. Description of materials or manufacturing process enabling the innovation.
  4. A brief (200 word) essay on the envisioned targeted usage and benefits, as well as expected trends for the size of wheels and tires in the future.

DESIGN PROPERTIES TO BE DISPLAYED:

  1. Concept models, in scale and full-size form
  2. Concepts in two dimensions
  3. Sketches, computer-generated renderings, engineering drawings

PARTICIPANTS:

  1. OEM design studios
  2. Independent design studios
  3. Individual designers
  4. Academic Transportation Design students and teams
  5. Automotive suppliers

JURY EVALUATES ENTRIES ON FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

  • Relevance to the theme
  • Concept originality
  • Design value and quality
  • Developmental potential
  • Design displayability

2013 Michelin Challenge Design Registration/
Entry Form begins October 1, 2011.

Registration and Design Image Submissions

Entry Portal

  • Registration/Entry Form available from October 1, 2011 through June 1, 2012.
  • Design Image Submission available from October 1, 2011 through June 1, 2012.

 

 
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