General Motors recently teamed up with Car Design News to host a design competition for the youngest of automotive designers. That’s right, the sketches and designs you see here have been done by high school students.
CDN and GM have officially picked winners for the contest after months of hard work and mentorship from GM designers. The top spot was awarded to Davis Kunselman, age 17, of Georgia, who imagined the 2030 Chevrolet adventure concept. Kunselman worked with his love for trucks to imagine an outdoorsy vehicle fit for the future.
Second place was awarded to Jinho So, age 16, who dreamt up an on- and off-road adventure concept. The two-seater sports coupe incorporates a fresh take on Chevrolet design but features plenty of new motifs straight from So’s mind.
Finally, third place went to Ben Woodman, age 15. He also tackled a sports coupe fit for the enthusiast in the year 2030. His design is inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette but incorporates Bolt EV electric technology and a defeatable autonomous driving mode. He also imagined a solar tarp for quick charging capability.
Each young designers was mentored by a handful of GM designers and each scored a spot in the highly prestigious CCS Summer Camp Experience and a new iPad.
Crystal Windham, director of design, Cadillac interiors, stated it was an honor to help inspire young talent.
“Early exposure about creative careers is key for students, teachers, and parents, especially for the niche field of automotive design. … The top two factors impacting my ability to find and pursue my dream job at GM Design were early validation and exposure. That is the premise of this design contest on a larger scale. ”
CDN will again host a high school design competition in 2017 for aspiring automotive designers.