• May 26, 2012
Often, engineers are forced to sit and watch as accountants and stylists wreak havoc on a vehicle's design. GrabCAD recently decided to turn the tables by giving engineers the chance to pen a body for a ready-made chassis by 500 Group. The site was flooded with 200 unique designs completed in just 40 days. The top quarter of those went on for final judging in two categories: street and track. 500 Group will then actually produce one or more of the designs through a General Motors Special Projects agreement.

The chassis makes use of a number of GM Performance parts, and is set up to make use of the E-Rod LS3, LS7 or supercharged LS9 V8 engines. One skinless chassis has already been completed for testing.

Each concept body has plenty of renderings as well as full description. Be sure to check out the full press release below, as well as a video of the chassis on track. Then, head over to the GrabCAD site for a deeper dive.



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GrabCAD Announces Supercar Design Challenge winners

GrabCAD, an online community of over 195,000 mechanical engineers, has announced winners for a hugely popular supercar body design challenge. Engineers from around the world submitted 194 designs in just 40 days for the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling $3500. The challenge was organized in cooperation with 500Group, an intellectual property company that engineers, patents and licenses new technologies to industry with total worldwide sales currently in excess of $420m.

Noteworthy:
- One of first and largest crowdsourcing design competitions to be actually scheduled for production
- 194 unique and stunning submissions in 40 days of challenge
- Thousands of feedback comments from engineers in community to engineers participating in challenge
- Unique method for selecting winner; Winning submissions selected by sheer number of "likes" from GrabCAD community (assuming they followed all design guidelines set in challenge details)

500Group and GrabCAD developed the challenge to create a supercar body for a chassis that is currently undergoing testing in the UK's "F1 belt." Developed under a General Motors special-projects supply agreement, the car chassis incorporates all GM performance parts and feature the GM V8 line of E-Rod LS3, LS7 and mighty 638hp supercharged LS9 engines. The car is scheduled for a 2013 launch.

For more information or to view all submissions, visit: http://grabcad.com/challenges/supercar-body-challenge

GrabCAD is the largest online community by, and for, Mechanical Design Engineers. Whether an engineer is looking to share their talent and designs with the world, a company is looking to crowd-source solutions to their toughest design problems or is in need of contracting directly with an engineer for ad-hoc design work in lieu of a full-time hire, or if anybody simply wishes to download from our extensive catalog of free models, GrabCAD brings the power of the web to all mechanical design needs.

Harnessing the power of crowd-sourcing in sensitive design areas can yield many, many different nuanced approaches to any engineering or design problem. The customer has the benefit of harvesting many surprising ideas that can combine to make a vastly superior final product, in either performance or safety, as compared to any small team or individual engineer.


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      Brenden
      • 2 Years Ago
      to distill the first sentence... "often... stylists wreak havoc on a vehicles design" huh? i think you got this one backwards, ab
      Javanese
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh please... we already have a production supercar that was design by engineers. Look no further than gumpert apollo. Everything on that car comes with a purpose. The GTR, elise, veyron, mclaren f1 all are design/idea first then function. Prove me wrong. The only thing came came close to the gumpert are the radicals and atoms but those are track toys.
      Arwokid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lotus was the first thing that came to my mind as soon as i read the title..
      Dani
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol, you really can tell the stylists haven't been near the street one. Hideous
      tjon901
      • 2 Years Ago
      "What Supercars would look like if they were designed by engineers" see Mclaren F1
        Thipps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tjon901
        way off on that one.... The Mclaren was designed by designers
          lasertekk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thipps
          designers who have an engineering background, or at the very least, were exposed to aerodynamics theory and equations, among the other engineering disciplines needed to design a car.
        AnalogJesse
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tjon901
        See Nissan GTR.
        recharged95
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tjon901
        or Lexus LF-A
        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tjon901
        Peter Stevens did that design with Gordon Murray looking over his shoulder
      Justin Robertson
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you give a project to engineers: function>form. Sure the car might look like crap and isn't the most ergonomic thing but as far as it being a car it'll be one hell of a machine.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Robertson
        [blocked]
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always prefered engineered design to creations of charcoal turtleneck wearing hipsters. In other words, give me the Prius and keep your Alfa Romeo 4c, which to me looks like a melted rubber boot.
        nomadsto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Why in gods name are you here?
        Brenden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        i'm really wondering what cars you are talking about, Myself... every single car produced these days was penned by a designer.
        KAG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        crazy hipster forgot he wasn't on the Pearl Jam page.
        thedriveatfive
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        "charcoal turtleneck wearing hipsters." Why do you hate apple?
        Skwisgaar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        The Prius is one of the ugliest cars I have ever seen. You have bad taste in car design and you should be ashamed of yourself.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this is indicative of what engineers would churn out if given free reign, it's a damn good thing the accountants, designers, whoever-the-hell else 'ruins' their work.....those are heinous. Kit car city.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      If engineers were able to design cars without accountants getting in the way, then our concept cars would go into production with all the crazy gadgets that make them awesome. Futuristic lighting and interiors would stick and advance automotive design as a whole from the standstill it hit in 2005.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car designers sole job is to protect the public from engineers.
      Jetty
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is not particularly attractive. That being said I believe that there is a reason engineers don't style cars..... Let's keep it that way
      _M7_
      • 2 Years Ago
      THATS A LOT OF CRAP ....if I want an engineers car I look at the GTR...you want another example? McLaren F1 and Ferrari F40 ....none of those have lazzy engines or crapi chasis
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