Toyota Dealership Helps Special Needs Students With Job Training

When we were in school we learned a lot of things, but for most of us the most important lessons were outside of the classroom in the real world. For the past twelve years, a Utah Toyota dealership has partnered with a local school to give special needs students an opportunity to work, and learn valuable job skills. » 3/07/15 2:35pm 3/07/15 2:35pm

Tonight's Frontline Is About West Philly High School Gearheads

In the PBS Frontline documentary that airs tonight, a group of kids from a gritty urban high school in west Philadelphia are talking trash. They've built two hybrid cars designed to get 100 mpg and compete on the track, something they say automotive engineers haven't done so much of. » 7/17/12 6:00pm 7/17/12 6:00pm

Nine Banger!

I guess we're not the only ones with a sick sense of engine-building humor. Thomas Johansson, an engineering graduate student at Sweden's Lule university of technology, created the engine some of the Jalops proposed last week in conversation — a W9. Why, we asked, couldn't someone create an engine with three rows of… » 1/16/07 8:35am 1/16/07 8:35am

Put Your Pencils Down: McLaren Design Contest Winners

A few months back, McLaren commissioned students from Italy's Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin to imagine the next McLaren F1. That is, a mid-engined super sports car capable of 200 mph that offers "the technological excellence of Formula 1 for the road, with unparalleled dynamic and aerodynamic performance" (a… » 9/20/06 10:00am 9/20/06 10:00am

Son of F1: Students Imagine Next McLaren Supercar

Those who've been pining away for the erstwhile McLaren F1 may want to take note. McLaren Cars recently commissioned students from Turin, Italy's Institute of Design to undertake a design study exploring themes for the F1's successor. The young scribblers worked up a range of concept models, which were subsequently… » 8/30/06 8:35am 8/30/06 8:35am

Stick Your Fossil Fuel, Eh? Canadian Students Build 3,145-mpg Car

Students at the University of British Columbia handily trounced competitors in this year's SAE Supermileage Competition, using their superior engineering kung-fu to achieve over 3,000 mpg in a car they designed and built. The competition pits smartypants against propellerhead to see who can best expand the efficiency… » 6/23/06 10:36am 6/23/06 10:36am

One Word, Kid, Plastics: Royal College Designers Create Concepts

Anyone wondering where the plastics economy is headed (c'mon, we know you're out there) need only check out what students from London's Royal College of Art's Vehicle Design program have been up to. The smarties across the pond recently completed a GE-sponsored project, PLASTicon, in which they created prototypes… » 5/23/06 8:20am 5/23/06 8:20am

Interiors: Students Design Future Inside Nissans

No, it's not some kind of futuristic Nissan bike / sled / Body by Jake appliance. It's a conceptual interior — one among nine winning entries from Germany's Pforzheim University, in a design challenge by Nissan Design Europe. The students, from the university s Transportation Design program, were bid to create… » 3/24/06 8:21am 3/24/06 8:21am

Diva Fever: Design School Unveils Concept in Geneva

Talk about managing expectations. Last week, the Espera Sbarro design school released a sketch of a concept it planned to unveil in Geneva today. We got a long look at the concept in three dimensions, and it's not even close. While the drawing looked less like a car than a cubist's sketch of a post-absinthe… » 2/28/06 5:47pm 2/28/06 5:47pm

Turin Design Students Show Alfa Prototype in Bologna

Students of the Institute of Applied Design in Turin showed off their scale-model prototype for a new Alfa Romeo B-segment car at the Bologna show earlier this month. The conceptualists-in-training drew inspiration from Alfa's 8C concept and late-sixties GT Junior for the project, which was contracted by Alfa Romeo… » 12/13/05 12:08pm 12/13/05 12:08pm

Winners Named in Ferrari Design Competition

Ferrari president and CEO Luca di Montezemolo and Sergio Pininfarina picked four concepts to win Ferrari's New Concepts of the Myth design competition — dashing the hopes of our in-house design team and its "coffee cup riding on a chassis of pencils and Scotch tape rolls." The winning designers, students at three… » 11/23/05 8:25am 11/23/05 8:25am

Design Students Rock the Ferrari Concepts

Students from four of the world's top auto design schools have been working since January to create new concepts for Ferrari as part of a contest sponsored by Ferrari and Pininfarina. The students from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Tokyo Communication Arts, Coventry University School of Art and Design,… » 11/09/05 1:10pm 11/09/05 1:10pm

Design Students Create Jeep Prototypes

Like many brands, Chrysler turned to design students to explore concepts for a 2015 model-year Jeep product. The apprentices were challenged to break Jeep's rusty cage and run (thanks, VH1 classic) with an eye toward expanding the Jeep brand to encompass new types of vehicles. The students, from the Cleveland… » 8/29/05 11:12am 8/29/05 11:12am