Cre­ate a light car and you could win R1,7 mln

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

LO­CAL Mo­tors’ lat­est chal­lenge asks par­tic­i­pants to cre­ate a light car con­cept for $150 000 in cash prizes — in­clud­ing $60 000 (over R1,7 mil­lion) for the win­ner and $10 000 (over R116 000) for sixth place.

The company ar­gues cars should not still weigh as much as they did in the sev­en­ties, as the ar­eas of safety, con­sump­tion and ac­cel­er­a­tion have at least dou­bled in ef­fi­ciency.

Lo­cal Mo­tors said in its YouTube pre­sen­ta­tion it is “look­ing for ideas beyond state of the art, ideas yet to be born” in weld­ing shops, on CAD screens, or in de­signer stu­dios.

There are no re­stric­tions on what ma­te­ri­als or tech­nolo­gies can be used, but the fin­ished prod­uct must be a stan­dard five-pas­sen­ger sedan, meet cur­rent safety stan­dards and use cur­rent roads.

Lo­cal Mo­tors is ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions un­til March 6, 2015. A panel of judges will re­view the en­tries and award. Visit https://lo­cal­mo­


The 3D car printed last year in a com­pe­ti­tion hosted by U.S. de­sign stu­dio Lo­cal Mo­tors.

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