SIX students from a French university combined to win Ferrari’s Top Design School Challenge with their sleek offering, the Italian company announced.
The Manifesto, designed by six students at the ISD-Rubika in Valenciennes, France, was the unanimous winner of the “Gran Premio Assoluto” overall prize, the compny said in a website statement.
The jury comprised Ferrari exponents in the broadest sense of the term from designers to engineers, drivers and even famous collectors: Nicola Boari, Franco Cimatti, Aldo Colonnetti, Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, Jay Kay, Flavio Manzoni, Nick Mason, Andrea Militello, Paolo Pininfarina and Sebastian Vettel.
Their decision, however, was unanimous: the “Gran Premio Assoluto” overall prize was 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.
For its Top Design School Challenge, Ferrari asked students at a selection of top design schools around the world to come up with their best car creations.
A statement released by the company says the jury was won over “by the completeness of the Manifesto design as well as the students’ ability to create a coherent overall vision of the car spanning its exterior, cabin and running gear”.
“The spectacular door opening mechanism also highlights the evolution of the interior functions, using future-forward technologies. The exterior is instantly recognisable despite the fact that it incorporates certain orthodox features.”
The “Premio Speciale” award, decided by an online ballot, went to the de Esfera (below), designed by three students from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.