Concept Cicada by Li Wen, China

2007: Sharing the Road.

Drawings on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


Li Wen recently graduated from the Art Design School of Hubei University of Technology, China. A passionate automotive enthusiast, Wen was able to study the automotive industry in great depth while at the university. This knowledge has led him to have some understanding and insights into the future of automotive design. But he realizes that this education in not enough. Therefore, he has decided to enter many design competitions in order for further educate himself with the automotive industry and design.

Even though he has graduated, he plans on continuing his design education in the automotive industry by learning from the master designers of the world. Wen loves the industry and has set forth lofty goals to pursue. He plans on designing a vehicle for the public that is consistent with the future direction of design.


This vehicle is designed to better consider the safety factor, the main use of some special safety designs including indirect and direct measures of protection. In the front part of the vehicle, shape memory alloy is used in order to better protect pedestrians and reduce collisions in the post-threatening, which can absorb a large amount of metal collision energy. The latter part of the body-work uses the auxiliary force braking system which can reduce speed before the car accident.

The principle of how the vehicle works is when the driver discovers danger, he can push on the brake pedal. When the gangplank of power over a certain value, the auxiliary brake system behind the body-work will be automatically started to effectively increase resistance, reduce speed, and reduce damage to any person or things. Transmission agent design uses magnetic suspension technology and it can supply electricity power and energy conservation.

With regards to exterior design, the overall feeling is similar to a cicada which is mooing. Other design features include the types of Peking opera elements in the body-work in order to adapt to the market, the external appearance more suited to some young people. Internal design space vehicles used 1+1 seating layout design to be such a better use of space.