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 vehicle… » 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 nightmare,… » 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 as… » 12/13/05 12:08pm 12/13/05 12:08pm