We usually don’t show sketches and computer images from design schools or design contests because they lack any reality. It’s usually just an art student who fantasizes about an odd design, then slaps a on badge of his/her favorite company and describes the car as powered by some engine that isn’t even chemically possible (for some reason no one teaches art students smiles and dreams cannot be converted into combustible fuel.)

This wasn’t even the winner of Volkswagen Brazil’s design contest (probably because it looks a lot like the Kia Kee,) but designer Daniel Gerzson made a pretty cool video so at least we can post it.


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  (35) posted on 12.14.2008

Fair enough, i agree with you. I’ve just finished a group project developing a new mass transit system for our city and the emphasis was really on package drawings, ergonomics and anthropometrics and generally proving your designs would work. We had to research the type of motors used and the dimensions of them, the type of bogies used and the dimensions of those and show all this in our designs.

I think any decent design course shouldn’t just teach their students how to draw or use alias, they need to teach the budding designers some engineering theory too!

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 12.14.2008

If you’ve got cool designs that that provide real solutions please submit them. I have a lot of outrageous designs come across my desk (which are fine because designs are supposed to be new and exciting), but many forget to create a functional engine bay.

My standpoint is that a design that is waiting for engineering to catch up to it is incomplete. When I read synopses where someone has left out the engine or has filled it with vague oxymorons (like: powered by a lightweight, powerful, small, hybrid engine that runs on hydrogen and is capable of 200 mph), just means an actual engine didn’t factor in the car’s design. Anyone who designs cars for a living can’t forget about the engine.

I have real respect for a design study the pushes the envelope, but keeps a foot in reality.

Myles_Kornblatt  (35) posted on 12.14.2008

"for some reason no one teaches art students smiles and dreams cannot be converted into combustible fuel."

As an automotive design student at Coventry University, i can confirm that they do in fact teach students that your designs have to be feasible from an engineering point of view, not just flights of fancy!

Myles_Kornblatt  (19) posted on 12.11.2008

Well they didn’t want to harm VW image, as an old people’s brand, that’s why u won’t see it in production or as a concept.

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