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DoMiNo
09-04-2007, 06:09 PM
<IMG SRC="http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9148/enviroew9.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Sometimes the most beautiful things are also the most mundane. The most stunning forms, vibrant colors, and interesting textures are all too often right under our noses--in the natural environment around us. Contemporary design has alternately shunned and embraced Nature; your task here is to use it to your fullest advantage. Find your inspiration in an element of nature and design a vehicle around it, taking care to balance the high technology of tomorrow's automobile with the natural integrity of your inspiration object. This is the perfect chance to explore the boundaries of your creativity and to expand the common perception of what constitutes a "car." Remember to blend form and function; use the innate beauty <I>and </I>practicality of nature to your benefit. <p>This contest will close on <B>September 18th</B>. Good luck designers! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

driven by design
09-04-2007, 06:20 PM
Wow, you went from concept to execution with kakapoopie's contest idea in no time flat, Domino. Nice contest logo too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>The variety of designs on this one will be very interesting. Good luck to all!

DoMiNo
09-04-2007, 08:53 PM
Thanks man.<p>Question for my own clarification; are we including animals here or just inanimate objects?

knihc2008
09-04-2007, 09:12 PM
I assume nature is everything not man made.<p>Though I guess this contest would be infinitely harder if we excluded animals haha

Mr. Burns
09-04-2007, 09:15 PM
hmmm interesting. This comes at an excellent time, I'm currently working on my portfolio and I think this idea will contribute nicely. Though no renders from me this time.

kakapoopie
09-05-2007, 06:43 AM
No animals. I was thinking more elemental types of themes<p>Great job on the brief Domino!

DoMiNo
09-05-2007, 07:29 AM
Thank ya <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>That settles it then: <B>no animals</B>!

Mr. Burns
09-05-2007, 08:23 AM
What about animal shaped rocks?

mrfdesign
09-05-2007, 09:49 AM
guys i think he means : Water, Earth, Wind, Lightning etc . . . (captain planet hint hint)

VexedandGlorious
09-05-2007, 12:52 PM
Im in...Element:Water<p>

Mil
09-06-2007, 09:45 AM
I should be in...school just started and im busier than ever.<br>I'll try my best to get an entry in. Hopefully completely rendered this time.

PRODIGY
09-18-2007, 09:10 AM
This contest has completely stumped me.<p>I did a sketch of a car that had a leaf as an inspiration for the styling, but then I thought "Well, it's still a car and it hasn't got any environmental credentials"<p>I thought of doing something revolutionary, but my mind is too messed up at the moment to contemplate things like that.<p>I may just submit my 'leaf' - just please don't laugh!

kid
09-18-2007, 09:51 AM
go for it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
09-18-2007, 12:02 PM
<B>** Contest extended until September 25**</B>

Mil
09-18-2007, 01:26 PM
I will get an entry in NO MATTER WHAT <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0">

mrfdesign
09-19-2007, 09:42 AM
wow such poor participation!!

PRODIGY
09-19-2007, 09:45 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mrfdesign</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">wow such poor participation!!</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Yeah, I think that people aren't quite sure what to come up with. I'm having headaches with my 'leaf' car, and i'm glad the contest has been extended. Hopefully this thread will be buzzing with new nature inspired cars soon!

AXIS
09-19-2007, 06:03 PM
I guess I'll get the ball rolling...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><B>Precursor to Axis CUV to debut at Tokyo</B> <p><IMG SRC="http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/hellospaceboy/Aegis.jpg" BORDER="0"><br> <br>09-19-07 -After launching the Aeon and Aeon<B>2</B> next spring, the next model to be spawned from the Signet II architecture will be a CUV. The Axis Aegis Concept serves as a design exploration, experimenting with shape and technology some of which will trickle down to the forthcoming model.<p>An aegis is defined as being a shield. The exterior of the Aegis is made from 100% <br>recyclable polycarbonate thermoplastic polymer ( widely known for its temperature resistance, impact resistance and easy moldability.) The exterior design was inspired by elements of nature such as; tree bark, turtle shells, rock formations and foliage, these cues are translated in the form of the complex surfacing seen on the Aegis.<p>Power will come from the new family of Hy-Tech diesel/electric engines currently being developed at Axis and is expected to put out as much as 300hp. The Aegis as well as the Aeon<B>2</B> will make their debut at the 2007 Tokyo Autoshow.</TD></TR></TABLE>

VexedandGlorious
09-19-2007, 06:20 PM
blame school

Mr. Burns
09-19-2007, 07:37 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AXIS</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I guess I'll get the ball rolling...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's a fantastic entry! I love the concept, and the shapes! dang why didn't I think of tree bark <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Execution wise I have one tip, your wheels need to be rotated clockwise about 20-30 degrees.<p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

kakapoopie
09-24-2007, 05:50 PM
oh boy this is really horrible participation although i really like that entry by axis. I havent done anything and my excuse is school also...bad timing i guess :/

Mil
09-25-2007, 01:29 PM
This is soo annoying.<br>WHY CAN'T I HAVE TIME?!<br>Starting GCSE's is a bit difficult I guess <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
09-25-2007, 07:06 PM
Thanks for the wonderful entry, AXIS, I'd hate to think you spent all this time on that just to be declared winner "by default." Shall I extend it again? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

MarioBro88
09-26-2007, 04:35 PM
I think the reason for practically no entries was the difficulty. The 'no animals' restriction probably was a bad idea, since there are several animals that could be inspiring.

Mr. Burns
09-26-2007, 04:59 PM
we could have at least allowed animal shaped rocks...

2o6
09-26-2007, 07:19 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mr. Burns</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">we could have at least allowed animal shaped rocks...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>And have you enter that entry from Speedanddesign!? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
09-26-2007, 10:03 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MarioBro88</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think the reason for practically no entries was the difficulty. The 'no animals' restriction probably was a bad idea, since there are several animals that could be inspiring. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah but that's so obvious. The point of these contests is, at least in part, to challenge your creativity and expand your imagination. And there was plenty of <I>initial </I>interest in the topic.

VexedandGlorious
09-27-2007, 04:25 AM
there is nothing difficult about this at all, if anything this is the easiest, just expand the deadline into october...I should have some time this weekend to sketch somethings up...<p>and so noone gets bored waiting for this to die, start another small, short contest to pacify their urge to start another contest.

mrfdesign
09-27-2007, 10:51 AM
I can get something in this weekend too. I've just been very busy with school!!

phoenix7
09-27-2007, 02:53 PM
I've been a bit busy with school, but I have been working on a leaf car since I found out the contest wasn't over a few days ago....extend it until Monday.

DoMiNo
09-27-2007, 02:57 PM
<B>***CONTEST EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY, OCTOBER 1***</B><p>At which point, regardless of whether or not there are more entries, I'll close it. Hopefully this will encourage some more participants; looking forward to your entries.

phoenix7
10-02-2007, 05:59 AM
<A HREF="http://img223.imageshack.us/my.php?image=scanxw2.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/5903/scanxw2.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>alright here it is.<p>Its the Leaf Car concept from GM set to be unveiled at the NYIAS. It uses the latest solar technology to power itself, producing the equivalent of 80 hp. It uses no complex hybrid system with electric motors and gasoline engines, and you dont have to worry about filling up the tank. <br>You think driving at night will be a problem? Well, the Leaf Car can store up to 6 hours worth of energy in its batteries.........<br>Okay i have no idea what I'm talking about so I'll stop now. <p>I know the sketch is far from perfect...so don't scrutinize it too closely. <br>And it's not really very original is it? I mean, I'm surprised no one posted a leaf car thingy already.

2o6
10-02-2007, 06:29 AM
I forgot about this contest.........<p>Lack of entries due to school.

DoMiNo
10-02-2007, 06:58 AM
Thanks for the entry, Phoenix7 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Come on guys, can we get at least one more entry so that the voting works better?

MarioBro88
10-02-2007, 02:28 PM
NYIAS 2010: Introducing the Earth-inspired 2010 EI-C. It is a hybrid minicar that gets 70 mpg city, 65 mpg highway, and rivals the Smart ForTwo and Toyota Yaris. The EI-C would be priced in the $5,000-$8,000 range. The grille is reminiscent of the United States. Several nature elements were included to develop the car, such as wood, plastic, tree bark, and recycled rubber.<p><A HREF="http://imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/7100/scan702010eicearthinspilz6.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br>

emotive
10-02-2007, 04:27 PM
Hey Dom, Im so sorry but can you wait a bit to close this comp cos my bro said that we need a new lamp or sumfin for our scanner <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> so were getting it this afternoon hopefully... if not then ill jus post it in the automotive design section <p>btw i have everything ready... except its also a leaf... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0">

phoenix7
10-02-2007, 04:39 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Opp-Lock</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey Dom, Im so sorry but can you wait a bit to close this comp cos my bro said that we need a new lamp or sumfin for our scanner <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> so were getting it this afternoon hopefully... if not then ill jus post it in the automotive design section <p>btw i have everything ready... except its also a leaf... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.worldcarfans.com/CSS/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>haha I knew someone else would come up with a leaf too! <br>well, let's see your take on it

DoMiNo
10-02-2007, 08:48 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Opp-Lock</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Im so sorry but can you wait a bit to close this comp </TD></TR></TABLE><p>How long do you need?

emotive
10-03-2007, 02:56 AM
Tomorrow at the latest... it'll definately be up by then.<p>Sorry for this everyone!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0">

emotive
10-04-2007, 07:02 AM
After being unable to make it to Frankfurt, Vector Precision Motors has invited members of the press to a secret location within Germany for the unveiling of the new brand with the Vector Leaf Concept. A Rear wheel drive mid engined coupe is expected to debut in the next few days.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Vector Precision Motors AG, Germany</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <p>We are very excited and proud to bravely break out of our history of custom or coach building cars for private customers by releasing our design, engineering and technologies to the world. Benchmarked on the Ariel Atom, the "Leaf Concept" features aerodynamic efficiency with smooth surfaces. Combined with a supercharged 1.8L I4 engine pouring out 293bhp, this beast runs from 0-100km/h in an astonishing 2.6 seconds to match the Atom. The 7hp difference between the Atom and the Leaf is compensated by a lighter and more aerodynamic body made of 80%% carbon fiber, 10% lightweight aluminium and 10% plastic.<p>Getting in and out of this two seater cabin is made easy by a fighter jet style glass panel which surrounds the whole cabin and slides up at the touch of a button.<p>Steering is also a major part of the Leaf's identity. Don't let the name fool you, because this car doesn't use leaf springs. In fact, the complex F1 style front suspension and the equally complex multi link rear suspension paired with extra sticky Pirelli tires gives this car the ability to create well over 1G of force during cornering.<p>However, no car inspired by nature would go without minimising harmful impacts to it's inspiration. Combined with lightweight body, a small engine and a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed dual clutch automatic(RSG - Rapid Shift Gearbox), it manages to minimalise harmful emissions and has earned a PZEV rating in some states. These stats also reward the driver by kepping the running costs down at a very low 7.8L/100km (combined city/highway).<p>More information will be available at the launch of the Leaf early next year. These exact specs are expected to make it into limited production as is the design. Other names are also being reviewed for the production car.<p><IMG SRC="http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/1464/vectorleafconceptht1.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Now you can close the contest... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
10-04-2007, 09:01 AM
<B>***CONTEST CLOSED***</B><p><br>Thanks for the entries, all.<p>I'm at work but I'll put up the voting this afternoon. Start thinking of your votes :D