Design Concepts of the Day: Michelin Challenge Design winners

January 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

e-linkdolphinpoly_plusThe theme for the 2013 Michelin Challenge Design was “Half! Lightweight with Passion” – looking at the relationship between design, light weight and fuel efficiency – and three winners have been selected from over 900 entrants. Jorge Biosca, a design consultant and freelance modeller (with an MA in automotive design from the University CEU San Pablo, Valencia, and a degree in mechanical engineering, came up with eLink, a six-passenger vehicle with adaptive camber control. Liu Shun and teammates Gao Zhiqiang and Chen Zhilai, students at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, created Dolphin, powered by maglev DC motors and constructed of transparent glass and carbonfibre. And Song Wei Teo (an industrial design graduate from Singapore, now studying automotive design at Coventry University) developed his PolyPlus concept around the use of affordable, tough and easily-moulded vacuum-formed plastics. These three concepts, and the work of 12 other finalists, is on display at the Detroit Auto Show. More on the Michelin Design Challenge 2013 here, plus a nice picture gallery at Car Design News.

  • Debate of the day – road pricing and tolling (and trolling, too, inevitably). A group of academics has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to argue the case for pay-as-you-go driving, and that spending money on new roads will only increase congestion. More at the Telegraph. All particularly pertinent at the moment – in my corner of the world, anyway – given the ongoing campaign to save Combe Haven from destruction by the ill-thought-out Bexhill-Hastings link road.

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