Some of Britain’s best young designers took part in the 29th Pilkington Vehicle Design awards, with a self-sustainable car coming out on top in one of two competitions.
Held annually at the Royal College of Art, the students are given the chance to showcase their original works, with their remit being that they deliver insight into some of the innovative trends that are sculpting our automotive future.
Nominated students competed for two awards: Best Design Interpretation and Best Use of Glazing.
Patrick Carton won the latter award, while Javier Garcia-Gallardo won the former.
Glimpse Into The Future
Scouts from a clutch top automotive manufacturers attended the award ceremony, which gave the students the chance to impress key industry players with their design.
Thrive, Patrick Carton’s winning design, aims to transform the idea of rural mobility.
When put under mechanical pressure, his self-sustainable car relies on piezo-electric materials to ignite an electric charge.
The car is then able to generate power from the elements, such as wind, rain and sunlight, and can function independently of an electric charging point.
Hydrophobic coated glass was used in its design.
Mike Greenall, one of the competition judges, said: “It’s so encouraging to see how these young designers are pushing the boundaries of innovation.
“The next decade represents a pivotal time for the automotive industry with new technology and sustainability concerns likely to exert a significant influence on industry trends. On today’s evidence, these student will be at the forefront of this evolution.”
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