Terra Prix 2085: Race the World!
The year is 2080.
Oil is scarce. The world is almost 4 degrees celsius warmer than it is now. Most of the coral reef has died off and several oceans have been declared disaster zones due to high acidity and over-polution. Ecosystems are rapidly changing and weather systems around the world are almost completely unpredictable. Common materials are becoming difficult to get and extremely expensive, and recycling is becoming cheaper. Landfills are now a source for materials and are being scavenged to recuperate plastics, metals, and other materials that could be re-used and incorporated in modern devices.
The world population has just surpassed 9.1 billion people. Most of these citizens live in huge Mega Cities, and are connected by vast networks of roads, super-highways and high speed train systems. Transportation around cities is close to zero emissions, and most civilian vehicles have incorporated a cradle to cradle design methodology to them. Electricity and super-capacitors power most vehicles, and most of the electricity comes form thorium based nuclear reactors which are cleaner, less risky and more efficient than uranium-based reactors built in the 20th century. Within these “megalopolises” driving systems are almost completely automated and a powerful satellite based system drives your car for you (if your lucky to own your own vehicle), relinquishing control from your vehicle. Computers are now trusted more than humans.
Nano-technology has seen rapid advancements and is now part of almost everything people use on a daily basis. Organs can be re-built in a matter of days. Life expectancy in developed countries has now doubled, and the aging process has been slowed dramatically thanks to break-thorughs in bio-technologies. Cell-Phones are now a chip inserted just behind your ear, and computers are the size of a hearing aid with a monitor built into one contact lens and a motion sensing system built into the other contact lens. Controlling certain systems is a matter of making a simple motion with your hand or arm.
Outside of the Mega Cities are vast areas of abandoned land. Most city dwellers have never seen the countryside or experienced nature due to the difficulty of leaving the megalopolises. These citizens are simply part of a huge system that is hard to escape. Because they are so shielded from the environment and nature, they have very little knowledge about what is out there, and their actual impact on the environment.
While there have been many technological and biological breakthroughs in the past 70 years, the world is still facing an environmental crisis on a massive scale.
In an effort to raise awareness for the environment and test several new technologies that could be incorporated into long distance transport vehicles as well as environmental research vehicles, the Terra-Pax Organization has joined forces with the International Prototype Racing Federation(IPRF) to organize Terra Prix 2085: A race around the world traversing all 7 continents and involving nearly every terrain imaginable.
Terra-Pax and the IPRF have given race teams 5 years to design, engineer, build and test their race vehicles and support crafts.
Terra Prix - The Race:
There have been races around the world in the past, but Terra Prix is a completely new kind of race. Terra-Pax and the International Prototype Racing Federation are challenging teams to build 1 race vehicle and at least 1 airborne support craft that can make the voyage around the world - A voyage of almost 51,000 miles (82,000Km). There will be a total of five checkpoints where teams can stock up on supplies and parts. Other than those checkpoints teams must be self sufficient and carry enough provisions to complete the race.
There will be five main stages to the race:
1. Africa to Russia: Cape Town, South Africa to Moscow, Russia. (Checkpoint 1: Moscow, Russia)
2. Russia To America: Moscow, Russia to Anchorage Alaska, USA, (Checkpoint 2: Anchorage, Alaska.)
3. The Americas: Anchorage Alaska, USA to Rio Grande, Agentina (Checkpoint 3: Rio Grande)
4. Antarctica to Australia (Rio Grande, Argentina, through Antarctica, to Sydney, Australia (Checkpoint 4: Sydney, Australia)
5. Australia to the Finish- Sydney Austrailia to Johannesburg, South Africa.
(Note: Local Motors has updated the Race Route, so it is slightly different than the route previously uploaded. Now the race route goes through New Zealand, and after traversing northern India goes north through Kazakhstan, russia, Ukrane, and then south through Romania and Greece. These changes were made due to requests from the community.)
Within these five main stages there will be multiple smaller "sub-stages" -- these are the stages that are able to be completed on a daily basis. Some substages will last two or even three days depending on the terrain and complexity of the stage - thus the ability to have quick driver changes is important for these multi-day races. These substages are intended to test multiple aspects of the racing vehicle -- some will be about endurance, others will be about top speed, while others will be about performance over challenging terrain.
If at any point in the race a race team is not able to repair their race vehicle, it must be loaded onto the support craft and taken to the next checkpoint.
Terra Prix is won by the the amount of ground traveled in the least amount of time. This means that if a race vehicle breaks down, it can be repaired either on the ground or on the support craft, but any distance it travels in the support craft does not count as distance traveled.
To qualify as a race team for Terra Prix your team must consist of at least 15 people:
1 Team leader
4 Race Vehicle Drivers/ Navigators
6 Pit Crew/ Mechanics
4 Support Craft operators/ pilots.
You may have more members, but keep in mind each additional member is one more person you must provide provisions for on the support craft.
The Vehicles and their Requirements:
The Race Vehicle:
The race vehicle must have at least three points of contact with the ground -- hovering is not allowed.
All propulsion must be mechanical and physical i.e. wheels powered by electric motors, internal combustion motors which transfer power to the wheels/ tracks. The use of jet engines/ turbine motors which produce thrust to propel the vehicle is not allowed, however a turbine engine which produces electricity for an electric motor is allowed.
The race vehicle must contain a cockpit for two people: Driver and Navigator. Layout is up to you, but keep in mind both the driver and navigator must be able to clearly communicate with one another. It also must accommodate a high powered lighting system for racing at night or in bad weather.
The main body of the race vehicle which contains the cockpit, cargo bay, and main energy source (electric or fuel) cannot be altered during the race. However to cope with multitudes of terrain, the race vehicle can have different modules that attach to it (Caterpillar tracks, skis, paddle tires, etc. for example)
Your Race vehicle must have a cargo bay that can fit required items: extra parts and tools in case of a break down, First Aid Kit, ice picks and shovel, fire suppression and 500ft (150m) of rope, as well as enough water for two people for two days.
It also must have four points on the main hull from which the race vehicle can be picked up by IPRF aircraft in the case that your vehicle is in danger or could cause danger.
Finally, your vehicle must be able to fit in a IPFR cargo container measuring 50 feet (15m) long, by 15 feet (4.57m) wide by 15 feet (4.57m) tall. When fully assembled it cannot exceed these dimensions.
The Support Craft:
The support craft is your airborne home away from home. It is a crucial vehicle in the success of each Terra Prix team. Essentially your support vehicle must carry everything necessary to keep the race team happy, and to keep the race vehicle driving.
Your support craft must be able to carry the entire crew of at least 15 team members and enough provisions between checkpoints, plus the race vehicle.
In addition to this, it must be able to carry tools, extra parts, and the various modules (if you have them) that are changed on your vehicle for different terrain. It also must carry enough 'fuel' for the race vehicle, AND the support craft to keep both moving between the 3 major checkpoints.
Other than this, you are free to be as creative as you would like to be regarding the support craft. There is no size restriction but it must fly -- keep in mind the bigger it is, the slower it is-- and in certain parts of the world weather may be extremely rough on the flying craft. If you choose to design more than one support vehicle, please make sure it is included on your design boards.
Here is what will be accepted (Deliverables):
Please submit at least 3 design boards consisting of:
Race Vehicle Board:
1 3/4 Front view
1 3/4 Rear view
1 view of your choice
1 view showing how it would fit into the cargo container
Main Support Vehicle Board:
1 profile view
3 views of your choice showing the different areas of your support vehicle (living quarters, cargo area etc)
Mise En Scene Board (Scenic Rendering board)
1 view of your race vehicle in it's elements -- this is more of a final rendering akin to the inspirational imagery.
You can do up to 10 design boards, but the three above are the required deliverables.
A New Selection Process:
We are excited to announce that Terra Prix will the first Local Motors design competitoin that will incorporate a panel of judges to choose a winning design in addition to the winning design chosen by the design community.
We are even more excited to announce who those judges are!
We have invited none other than:
Harald Belker (http://www.haraldbelker.com/) --
Syd Mead (http://www.sydmead.com/) --
Scott Robertson (http://www.drawthrough.com/) (http://drawthrough.blogspot.com/)
Daniel Simon (http://www.danielsimon.net/) (http://www.cosmic-motors.com/main.html)
All four of them graciously accepted our invitations and they will be the judges for Terra Prix 2085! No pressure ;)
Check out their bio's in the Bio Tab above.
In addition to being the first Local Motors competiton to incorporate a judging panel, we will also be giving away a total of 10 prizes.
• 1st Place prize selected by the Judging Panel
• 2nd Place Prize selected by the Judging Panel
• 3rd Place Prize selected by the Judging Panel
• 1st Place Prize selected by the Local Motors Community (you)
• 2nd Place Prize selected by the Local Motors Community
• 3rd Place Prize selected by the Local Motors Community
• 4th Place Prize selected by the Local Motors Community
• 5th Place Prize selected by the Local Motors Community
• Best Design for entrants under eighteen (Junior Prize)
• Wildest and Wackiest concept/ Design
Dates for this competitoin:UPDATED!
Launch: May 10th
Submission Window Opens: May 31st.
Submission Window Closes: June 14th.
Voting Begins: June 14th.
Voting Ends: June 21st.
A few other changes to this competition:
We have listened to your feedback from the previous competiton and in additon to having an incredibly prestigious judging panel, we have put in place a few more changes:
• Voting will not start until all entries are submitted.
• There will only be one week for submissions instead of three, but more time for checkup and feedback.
• Your checkups will be threaded to your entries, so viewers will be able to see how your entries progressed during the checkup phase.
• We have implimented a "Voting Dashboard" that will allow you to see an overview of how you have voted and what entries you have voted on.
• We have a competition specific forum right below this Design brief where you can ask questions related specifically to this competition.
And lastly: The Header
Since Terra Prix was a competitoin developed by you, the community, in co-creation with the Local Motors design team, I thought I'd give you something fun to do-- this is your competitoin, so why not have the header come from the community as well. As you may have noticed, if you design a better header, I will enter you into a drawing for a book from DesignStudioPress.com. I hope that the header will change soon-- whichever one is used will live on forever on the Local Motors website! Send the header proposals to Nyko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Luck everyone! Go Local!
Race Vehicle: The Race Vehicle must have at least three points of contact with the ground. Hovering is not allowed. 1LM1Race Vehicle must be mechanically driven. Fan and turbine thrust propulsion are not allowed. 1LM1Race Vehicle Must contain a cockpit suitable for two people: Driver and Navigator. 1LM1Your Race vehicle must have a cargo bay that can fit required items: extra parts and tools in case of a break down, First Aid Kit, ice picks and shovel, fire suppression and 500ft (150m) of rope, as well as enough water for two people for two days. 1LM1Race Vehicle must accommodate a high powered lighting system for racing at night or in bad weather.1LM1Finally, your Race Vehicle must be able to fit in a IPFR cargo container measuring 50 feet (15m) long, by 15 feet (4.57m) wide by 15 feet (4.57m) tall. When fully assembled it cannot exceed these dimensions. 1LM1Support Craft: Must be able to carry and entire crew of 15 personnel and provisions for the crew between checkpoints. 1LM1Must be able to carry tools extra parts and other modules that may be applied to the race vehicle. 1LM1Support Craft must be able to carry enough fuel to make it between each checkpoint.
Your Race Vehicle will encounter every climate and terrain imaginable on the earth Consider innovative ways to tackle these challenges. 1LM1Try to base your designs off of emerging science and back up your claims behind any conceptual ideas. 1LM1
Please submit at least 3 design boards consisting of:1LM1Race Vehicle Board: 1 3/4 Front view 1 3/4 Rear view 1 view of your choice 1 view showing how it would fit into the cargo container1LM1Main Support Vehicle Board: 1 profile view 3 views of your choice showing the different areas of your support vehicle (living quarters, cargo area etc)1LM1Mise En Scene Board (Scenic Rendering board) that includes:
1 view of your race vehicle in it's elements -- this is more of a final rendering akin to the inspirational imagery.1LM1You can do up to 10 design boards, but the three above are the required deliverables.
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