Solid by Nikita Gutsalenko, Russia

2008: Smaller. Safer. Better.

Drawings on Display at Michelin Challenge Design™


Nikita Gutsalenko, 22, was born and raised in Russia. He is currently a fifth year Product Design and Transport Design student at Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts, Russia. He received his BA in Industrial Design from the same university in 2006.

Gutsalenko currently is a freelance animation and graphic designer. His previous work experience includes working for Delrus Company as a Medical device designer and N-line Company as a designer of glass furniture.

Besides being a finalist for the 2008 Michelin Challenge Design, other achievements include: 2007 Finalist for the Interior Motives Design Awards and 2006 Finalist for the New Material Design, MateialConnexion contest.

Gutsalenko also enjoys playing the piano, snowboarding, biking, power lifting and all athletics.


The Solid vehicle not only has a standard means of protection, such as safety-belts and airbags, it has two special elements installed in front and in the back of the car. These elements turn round and provide additional maneuverability. These elements also are very strong in if a crash occurs. They take the damage on itself and save the booth.

The Booth has a frame ring which prevents the deformation. A display is installed in the interior which creates a panoramic view. Airbags installed in wheel of the car will operate at the side.

The car has an approach sensor, which turns on the auto brake system. The Image of the car is associated with specialized machines (for example, a loader or tractor) and creates the sensation of reliability.