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A royalty on every vehicle sold.
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$2,500
3rd
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Track Car Design Brief

Design Brief:

Design a conceptual guide for a stripped-down track car version of the Sports Car platform we are developing.

Challenge Updates: Aug 03 2014: New Ignition Kit uploaded. Please download under the requirements tab to get the latest files and assets to work with. 

The Problem:

The 1990’s are history, and their remaining champions in the automotive world are dwindling in number. Gone are the days of a cornucopia of affordable rear wheel drive 5-speed coupes, all with so much potential when given the right vision.

Now, today if you want a car for driving there are certain hurdles that stand in your way: Poor drive-by-wire systems retard your throttle plate. “Sports coupes” weigh in at numbers approaching 4000 lbs. TCS (traction control), ABS (antilock brakes), and other three-letter monstrosities stand between you and the raw machine that you love, like a shaggy animal-print steering wheel cover; numbing, and tasteless.

There are of course models fighting back, but in a sick twist of fate, these minimal offerings of stripped-down driving delight often come with maximal price tags. Playing off the growing rarity of simple cars that focus only on driving well, they position themselves as high luxury items, allowing only a few enthusiasts to enjoy them and narrowing the niche.

In this project, we find our way back to the pride of adept and unedited interaction between driver and machine, and we try to do it in such a way that it is priced less exclusively.

Inspiration:

Three points: Performance, looks, and affordability. These are the elements to bring together on this latest challenge. This car, in its stripped down version, is created to remind people about pure driving experience. It is not expected to do this with paddle-shifting, auto-revving transmissions and the latest traction control, leaving you feeling as if the car believes it knows better than you. A capable manual stick transmission, balanced handling, and your talent as a pilot are what dictates your success on the track, and also make it so that a person can afford one in the first place. The character of this car should be competitive, capable, but approachable.

An important aesthetic aspect of the Track car version of the platform is that the structure can play a large role in the overall aesthetics. Bodywork can be used on the Track version, but remember, more body panels usually translates to weight and higher cost! Our greatest desire in having a track and a street version is that the track version will be as minimal as possible in unnecessary features, and that it will remain affordable to the broadest audience. Thus many more people can join in! So just always ask yourself, “What is the cost of this feature I am adding”. In some ways, that is what makes this challenge one of the more difficult ones. Looks are of course the point, but everything has a cost.

The Ariel Atom, the KTM XBow, Exocet, and the Caterham 7 are all examples of what it means to have a track toy. While these are excellent executions of the genre, the goal is to simplify even more. While they come as full bodied cars, think of the Elise, Miata and the 240sx. These cars do not cost much, but are widely known for their handling and potential. Vintage, modern, the choice is up to you, but above all, this car should allow the driver to get back to the roots of why it is thrilling to pilot a machine well.

Features:

The Track car is a 2 seater made to enjoy and focus on the act of driving. Keeping this simple is what this is about, thus there will be no doors or a roof on this, however roll hoops and a windscreen are required. In addition, minimal use of body panels it is strongly encouraged to let the frame show through, and highlight the mechanical abilities of the machine. There is no need for audio or air conditioning. On the other hand, one should be able to live with this car. Features like cargo storage help to make this a more livable design. This car should be capable of going on the road as well as the track, so typical elements required such as lights and rear view mirrors should be included.

The car should feature an inboard suspension design, at least in the front, where the shocks and springs are mounted inboard, and wheel forces are controlled using a push-rod or pull-rod. The car does not need to be open wheel, but open wheel would definitely show off the lack of outboard coilovers.

The car should have the ability to have a full roll cage installed, for the ability to participate with various club races. The designer has the option of including a view of the car in full race kit.

Judging:

1st place will be decided by a panel of judges, influenced by community vote. The judges are Jay Rogers, Matt Jackson, Michele Abbate, and Aurelien Francois

2nd and 3rd place will be decided by the community vote.

Prizes:

1st Place: $7500

The 1st place winner will have contributed the conceptual guide that will begin to define this vehicle, and will receive a guaranteed 20 influence points for the project.

2nd Place: $2500

3rd Place: $1500

Requirements:

Requirements are what the Local Motors team uses validate an entry. If the following criteria is met, then an entry will be considered valid. Not meeting any of the following criteria may result in an entry being disqualified. 

  • Design should use a 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. This platform calls for the engine to be located forward, with a center mounted transmission, and rear drive.
  • Two seats, side by side configuration
  • Track Width: Centerline of tires must be between 1295mm (51 inches) and 1549mm(61 inches) apart, side to side
  • Wheelbase: Distance between wheel axes front to rear must be between 2270mm (89 3/8 inches) and 2570mm (101 1/8 inches)
  • No Doors, no roof, climb in for ingress
  • Roll Hoop(s) behind passengers
  • Windscreen that passes at least the height of the eyes of the driver while seated
  • 4 Wheels, 17-18 inch diameter rims
  • Design should include fenders over any open wheels.

Guidelines: (Strongly recommended but not required) 

Guidelines are elements we would like to see and meeting the following criteria is strongly advised. However guidelines are NOT used to validate an entry so if any of the following points are not met, an entry can still be considered valid. Following guidelines will help you have a design that has a better chance of being considered by the Jury as many points won't have to be re-designed. 

  • Vehicle weight for the stripped down version should be as light as possible, preferably under 1600 lbs (726 kg).
  • This car will be the basis for a platform, so there will be full bodied cars designed on this chassis in the future.
  • Track variant base model shooting for in the range of $30k (American) build cost or less.
  • Should be able to handle a large range of driver sizes comfortably
  • Car should have functional features such as cargo storage (define cubic feet of space)
  • Design should include 3 rear view mirrors, left, right, and center.
  • Independent suspension front and rear
  • Tires are 225/40R18s or 225/45R17s, depending on wheel size chosen, 17” or 18”. 457mm
  • Minimum ground clearance is 4”
  • Existing OEM headlights and taillights encouraged
  • Design includes a view showing adherence to the provided H-point diagram
  • Headlights, Taillights, Front and Rear turn signals should be shown in concept slides
    • Headlights must be at least 22” from the ground and symmetrical
    • Turn signals must be at least 15” from the ground
    • Rear turn signals must be same height as front turn signals
    • Taillamps must be at least 15” from the ground.
    • Center High mount brake light must be at least 34” from the ground.
  • Cargo space of at least 40 gallons is encouraged.

Deliverables:

Deliverables are what you upload to the website. They are what you "Deliver" for your entry. The following views are REQUIRED in order to have a valid entry. Any entry that does not have the following views will be considered invalid. 

The following deliverables can be done as 2D or 3D concept art, but all entries must include the following boards:

  • Side profile View (separate from the package view)
  • Front ¾ View
  • Rear ¾ View
  • 1 Technical Package board displaying the following (This is separate from all other views and cannot be combined with other views)
    • Side profile view that conforms to the required dimensions, and includes the 95th percentile oscar (base of this is provided in the ignition kit.
    • Front View (display track width)
    • Top View (display track width)This board is included in the downloadable ignition kit and is a required deliverable. Entries that do not include this, and do not display dimensions will be disqualified.
  • 1 view showing the inside of the cabin (encouraged but not required)
  • 1 optional view showing the car in full race kit
  • Up to 4 optional additional views of your choice (optional, not required) 
Go check out the requirements for additional information.

Ignition Kit File Downloads

Requirements

Requirements are what the Local Motors team uses validate an entry. If the following criteria is met, then an entry will be considered valid. Not meeting any of the following criteria may result in an entry being disqualified.

  • Design should use a 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. This platform calls for the engine to be located forward, with a center mounted transmission, and rear drive.
  • Two seats, side by side configuration
  • Track Width: Centerline of tires must be between 1295mm (51 inches) and 1549mm(61 inches) apart, side to side
  • Wheelbase: Distance between wheel axes front to rear must be between 2270mm (89 3/8 inches) and 2570mm (101 1/8 inches)
  • No Doors, no roof, climb in for ingress
  • Roll Hoop(s) behind passengers
  • Windscreen that passes at least the height of the eyes of the driver while seated
  • 4 Wheels, 17-18 inch diameter rims
  • Design should include fenders over any open wheels.

Guidelines

Guidelines are elements we would like to see and meeting the following criteria is strongly advised. However guidelines are NOT used to validate an entry so if any of the following points are not met, an entry can still be considered valid. Following guidelines will help you have a design that has a better chance of being considered by the Jury as many points won't have to be re-designed. 

  • Vehicle weight for the stripped down version should be as light as possible, preferably under 1600 lbs (726 kg).
  • This car will be the basis for a platform, so there will be full bodied cars designed on this chassis in the future.
  • Track variant base model shooting for in the range of $30k (American) build cost or less.
  • Should be able to handle a large range of driver sizes comfortably
  • Car should have functional features such as cargo storage (define cubic feet of space)
  • Design should include 3 rear view mirrors, left, right, and center.
  • Independent suspension front and rear
  • Tires are 225/40R18s or 225/45R17s, depending on wheel size chosen, 17” or 18”. 457.2
  • Minimum ground clearance is 4”
  • Existing OEM headlights and taillights encouraged
  • Design includes a view showing adherence to the provided H-point diagram
  • Headlights, Taillights, Front and Rear turn signals should be shown in concept slides
    • Headlights must be at least 22” from the ground and symmetrical
    • Turn signals must be at least 15” from the ground
    • Rear turn signals must be same height as front turn signals
    • Taillamps must be at least 15” from the ground.
    • Center High mount brake light must be at least 34” from the ground.
  • Cargo space of at least 40 gallons is encouraged.
Additional Deliverables

Deliverables are what you upload to the website. They are what you "Deliver" for your entry. The following views are REQUIRED in order to have a valid entry. Any entry that does not have the following views will be considered invalid. 

The following deliverables can be done as 2D or 3D concept art, but all entries must include the following boards:

  • Side profile View (separate from the package view)
  • Front ¾ View
  • Rear ¾ View
  • 1 Technical Package board displaying the following (This is separate from all other views and cannot be combined with other views)
    • Side profile view that conforms to the required dimensions, and includes the 95th percentile oscar (base of this is provided in the ignition kit.
    • Front View (display track width)
    • Top View (display track width)This board is included in the downloadable ignition kit and is a required deliverable. Entries that do not include this, and do not display dimensions will be disqualified.
  • 1 view showing the inside of the cabin (encouraged but not required)
  • 1 optional view showing the car in full race kit
  • Up to 4 optional additional views of your choice (optional, not required) 

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