Cylon Raider wins BMW design award. Er, ditch Chris Bangle

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I think the winners of BMW’s design contest are breathing down the neck of Chris Bangle, to take his place as the Chief designer of BMW. What a way to do it ! Their design looks awesome even when standing still…On the downside, if BMW descides to produce it at all,  you may have to wait till 2015. It is called BMW ZX-6.

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During the first phase of the project students were involved in the research of a product and a style projected towards the future, for their subsequent application to actual scenarios of a close tomorrow.

BMW ZX-6 Concept by Jai Ho Yoo and Lukas Vanek
BMW ZX-6
BMW ZX-6

Initially, students’ concept work focused on individuating wishes, needs, tastes and life style of an individual (man or woman) meant to turn 35 years old in 2025.

As to shapes development, they were asked to find an inspiration source looking both into natural elements like the sun, the sea, the wind or the earth and in forms of expression such as music, painting or arts in general.

BMW Vela Concept by Andrea Corona, Alex Mastinu and Yim Sumi
BMW Vela Concept by Andrea Corona, Alex Mastinu and Yim Sumi
BMW Vela
BMW Vela

For the second phase of the project, young car designers had to use the project essence and formal language individuated in the previous stage to develop both the interior and exterior of an actual car suitable to fit in an hypothetical 2015 life context and able to generate emotions while also identifying the BMW profile.

BMW Africa
BMW Africa

The 35 students involved were subdivided into 18 teams, all coordinated by Fulvio Fantolino, Coordinator of the Transportation Design – car design Course and owner of F&F Design Studio.

BMW Africa
BMW Africa

Students were also followed throughout the internal stages of project development by a BMW Commission including Thomas Plath, Director Model Techniques and Process Management, and Anders Warming, BMW Exterior Design Director, under the supervision of Chris Bangle, Chief of Design for BMW Group.

BMW Snug

The proposals elaborated by all student teams were later evaluated with the selection of 12, out of which 8 were developed in 1:4 models, in collaboration with Cecomp, and the remaining 4 turned into virtual models.

“Working with BMW following the concept requirements and quality standards of their trademark has always been a goal and an excellence milestone aimed at by the Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin – states César Mendoza, IED Turin Director.

BMW Snug
BMW Snug

Achieving such objective is a huge satisfaction for both the School and our students and we are delighted to share the results of all our efforts with all car-lovers”.

Projects particularly appreciated by the commission included: “Africa. decompose concept.” by Raphael Laurent and Mihaï Panaîtescu and “Snug” by David Raffai, Kevin Schlaepfer, Andrea Torchia and Alberto Usai.

Source : Car Body Design

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