Ferrari crowned the winner of its latest Top Design Challenge recently… and it is not the one you would think!
Nor the one with the most votes online. The popular vote went to deEsfera, but the unanimous jury selection — MANIFESTO — came in fourth online.
MANIFESTO by ISD-RUBIKA out of France was the absolute winner of the challenge. The judges loved its fully-developed powertrain, cabin packaging and innovative inside-out appearance for the floating rear canopy. This giant space between the rear wheels and the inner chassis/engine compartment appears to have been the defining design element adored by the expert panel of judges Ferrari assembled to evaluate the nine concept proposals.
The rear-hinged clamshell doors up front were well-liked too, as was its continuity-style looks that are on-brand yet quite forward-thinking, in their eyes.
A special nod went to Roman Egorov’s deep-dive into just the cabin and drive experience via his FL concept. Even more striking, of course, is the FL passenger cell wrapped in his bodywork. This was a late addition to the challenge… but certainly shows great promise for Egorov’s place in the top echelons of automotive design.
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Posted by Car Revs Daily on Sunday, March 20, 2016
Alongside the six-pack of Franco-Belgian designers behind the winning MANIFESTO design, of course!
In reality, even working on an entry to the Ferrari Top Design Challenge is a dream-come-true for many designers. We wish them all the best of luck landing placements at the brands we know and love. Their first cars will certainly hit the road before the 2040 theoretical timeframe of the Ferrari challenge.
WINNER – Ferrari TDC 2015
Their decision, however, was unanimous: the “Gran Premio Assoluto” overall prize has been awarded to the Manifesto, a design by six students from the ISD-Rubika at Valenciennes, France: Frenchmen Michael Barthly, Grimaud Gervex and Jean Baptiste Epinat, and Belgians Michael Kalyvianakis, Stanislas Oleksiak, and William Stock.