500 Group's Supercar body challenge is officially over! Results have been tallied and $3500 will be handed over to the winners today.
In one of our most exciting challenges yet, around 200 unique concepts for the body of a predetermined chassis from 500 Group were submitted (check out an unlisted sneak peak video of the naked chassis racing around a track... it needs a body!). To determine the winners, approximately the top 25% of designs were selected for screening based on community “likes". From here, each entry was carefully reviewed in terms of challenge requirements. The top 3 submissions from each of the 2 categories (street and track) were then listed from 1st to 3rd place in their original “like” order. Because the challenge yielded an extraordinarily high volume of quality entries we have additionally called out a number of engineers below for an honorable mention. Again, congratulations to all engineers and designers who participated!
500 Group will contact several engineers from the challenge to work together to bring one (or more) of these concepts into reality. Selected engineers will then have the opportunity to help with future 500 Group projects. Without further ado, we are proud to announce...
Comment (from 500 Group): This entry has the complete package, a dynamic mature shape that is not too extreme, great physical balance, deep signature side vents and a great adherence to working with the supplied chassis, including the front and rear boxes. Darren finished his submission by selling it well with phenomenal action renders.
Comment: Taking a slightly more classic approach, the subtlety of Luis’s submission could easily get overlooked if not for the detail renders that realistically portray how the light would reflect off this body. The slight forward stance and muscular rear fenders give this car a great deal of silent power, an instant classic.
Comment: this last podium position was a very close race. Marius won it by choosing a more organic solution in this submission and showed a great balance with restraint yet still giving the overall form integrity and a singular feel. This would be best appreciated in full scale. Presented very well with great renders.
Comment: Here is an opportunity to be outrageous and Sylvain grabbed it. From the singular and innovative jet tail to the questionable mini nose wing and playful graphics, this submission comes to life and is impossible to ignore. As with all the better entries the renders are superb and in this case a nice multimedia artfully put together from stills.
Comment: Working within the constraints of the LMP brief we felt Andrey’s entry most closely captured the feel of this breed of car while working with the different proportions of the supplied chassis. The nose is especially successful and although the lines could have been integrated a little better in some areas the overall standard is terrific including the renders which show a great deal of detail and great deal of thought.
Comment: Despite a lack of development in both form and renders, Colin’s submission has a singular style that is completely memorable and impossible to ignore. Developing the LMP form to an angular conclusion is innovative and gives a great deal of latitude for incorporating aero further into the body. We especially liked the none-too-subtle jet reference and the body is still very coherent as a targa. Perhaps more than any submission the entry yells “Supercar”
Honorable mentions (we're going to send each of you a GrabCAD T-shirt!)
The Supercar body feedback challenge is also over. We found this to be a neat way to encourage discussion and helpful collaboration during the challenge. Congratulations to the feedback challenge winners who will each receive $50 USD!
Feedback challenge winners