• Mar 4, 2011
Official rules and deadlines for the Grassroots Motorsports/Factory Five design contest are in. The contest asks entrants to design the body of Factory Five's upcoming Subaru WRX-powered roadster.
The chassis for the car is almost through the development stage, so Factory Five is asking would-be designers to focus solely on the look and shape of the car, keeping within the specified 95-inch wheelbase dimensions.

Entries have to be submitted as either a JPG or PDF file to the company by June 1, 2011. The company will accept hand-drawn design ideas, but they have to be scanned and converted to one of the specified document formats. No old-fashioned pencil and paper designs will be accepted through snail mail.

To submit your designs, send them as attachments in an email to contest@grassrootsmotorsports.com. The overall winner of the competition will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the satisfaction of having their design rendered in fiberglass as the new Factory Five roadster.

The planned car itself is a mid-engined, WRX-powered roadster that Factory Five says can be ordered and completed for less than $15,000. Thank you to everyone for the tips!

[Source: Grassroots Motorsports]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm so excited to see how this turns out. June seems like a loong time away though. Cant wait to see it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish I were good at drawing that stuff. I have it in my head.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I started playing with Stratos-themed ideas, but recently, I've been playing with the idea of a neo-XT, detailed from the Impreza Design "Concept" - simply from a standpoint of showing Subaru that a proper 2+2 could be done off the current design language. Thing is, something so "production" probably isn't what will win here - it's FFR looking for something cool, not FHI looking for the next Impreza variant.

        I'll probably go back to Stratos themes, trying to avoid any Fiero disasters.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really don't see a problem with this approach at all. How is it any different from a DARPA project? Offer a million dollars and have 30 companies spend 50 million in R & D? That's efficiency, not wasting your money for one person or company creating something that you may not even like. Plus, it doubles as a marketing research tool; they'll have a lot better of an idea about what people want after getting 500 submissions, and may go in a completely different direction. I think the money is reasonable...

      One thing we will not see is what I want. I want a blocky, boxy hatchback, a la Renault 5 Turbo, with big ridiculous side or top scoops for air supply and cooling. It wouldn't sell though, of course, especially not in the U.S.. Oh well... Oh I really wish they could figure out AWD, that would make a truly insane performance car...

      Oh, and I would rather use an EZ33 or EZ30, preferably turbo; I think it would sound better, as well as have useful torque down low. Sorry, just don't see the point in using an older Subie motor... And what about a diesel (EE20) from Europe, with the boost cranked? Kinda a miniature R8 TDI... Probably 60 mpg too :)...
      • 3 Years Ago
      If there are design students or professional designers out there considering this contest please avoid the trap. $6500 in prizes for complete exterior designs from multiple sources is corporate rip-off and they should be ashamed.

      Us designers just want people to love our work, so we will whore ourselves out for next to nothing, and then feel terrible after the fact, that the MAN took advantage of us. Been there done that. We are artist, not businessmen.

      http://www.winwithoutpitching.com/manifesto

        • 3 Years Ago
        They're not asking for fully fledged designs in multiple formats.

        They're asking for just one quick sketch from the perspective you want. If you can sketch out an idea in a few minutes and you want to enter, go ahead.

        Most of the people who want to go all out are doing it for fun and aren't professionals.
        They would do it for free because they want to buy the car.

        It is true that they are getting tremendous value out of their crowd sourcing. But they're being honest and upfront with simple rules and the savings will probably get passed on to the customers, and they're the ones contributing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Overvolting - so you are telling me, they will choose a design, based on one quick sketch, over someone who has spent hours and days on a full presentation?

        We will see. Lets pop back to this post in a few months. I hope I'm wrong

        John H and designer hit the nail on the head, this is a cheap way to get a design.

        • 3 Years Ago
        As a "professional" designer, you should put effort into the entry commensurate with the potential prize. FFR is offering a $5k top prize, so your efforts should be scaled (down) accordingly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The point is FFR are getting away with spending $6500 for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crowd sourced design deliverables, only if, design students or professionals participate, thus my call not to be seduced if you fall under the category, as it cheapens all designers work value when we do this.

      If FFR were to step up and sponsored a school program through CCS, Art Center or some other they would likely be paying $50-100k for a semester of work. The sponsored students would not get any financial reward but FFR and the students would get much better design solutions and portfolio pieces. By not doing this FFR is lowering the business value of design.

      If FFR were to contract with a professional automotive designer or automotive studio for the design and development of their vehicle they again would be paying hundreds of thousands of dollars but they would be receiving professional design deliverables and services for their expenditures.

      FFR have stated in essence they only have a $6500 budget for the body design, so they should only get what they pay for. This is my point. Crowd sourcing kills design value for all of us.


      If an automotive design studio were to develop a beautiful car body and then propose a competition like this between chassis engineering students and professionals with a $6500 reward, where all innovation and IP are forever transferred to the automotive design studio, would that be the real market value of all the chassis work? and would any engineering professionals be dumb enough to get on board?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Get over yourself.

        Design is only worth what people will pay for it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. This is one company trying to engage their customers as well as attract new customers.

      Get over it.

      It's fun and engaging.

      Put 200 hours into a design using your fancy design skills and try to beat my, back of the napkin, drawings. Put up or shut up.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You've nailed it. It's a fun contest for car enthusiasts. I'm taking the opportunity to brush up on my drawing skill and design something that I'd like to drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I might do this
        • 3 Years Ago
        I will do this.

        Not because I'll win, but because it'll be fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      $5000 and you have a range of designs. Wow, thats cheap way of doing it
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking at the FFR, I found it odd that it says:

      "...kit car manufacturer’s new mid-engined roadster chassis"

      Yet both sketches show a hardtop coupe. :
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a good way to entertain the boy on a rainy Saturday afternoon... if ANYTHING close to resembling his submittal shows up in the final, he will take credit for it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about mid-engine AWD and have it look like some insane Group B Rally Car.
      Maybe an updated Ford RS200 or Lancia 037?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was thinking something like the Ford RS200 would look real sweet. Although I'm leaning towards open roof, along the lines of the Elise, for my submission.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Mid-AWD is too complicated, which is why FFR is going with a Mid-Rear chassis.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope it has a more upright design,think audi GT ,rather than a boring wedge with a laid back windshield
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