Michelin Challenge Design Winners

Michelin is, for obvious reasons, interested in the future of mobility—or of making sure that mobility has a future.

Michelin is, for obvious reasons, interested in the future of mobility—or of making sure that mobility has a future. After all, chances are good that until we get Star Trek-like transporters or move to Venice, we’re going to be rolling on tires of some sort.

The winners of the 2016 Michelin Challenge Design—judged by Stewart Reed of Art Center, Nick Malachowski of Fiat Chrysler, Dave Marek of Acura, Rich Plavetich of Nissan Design America, Frank Saucedo of GM Advanced Design, Thomas Sycha of BMW, and Freeman Thomas of Ford—have been announced.

The judges went through the work of more than 875 registrants from 68 countries to come up with 14 winning designs.

Taking first place were Rajshekhar Dass, Abu Huraira Shaikh, Sunny Duseja, Joji Isaac, Saksham Karunakar, and Tajeshwar Kaul of Pune, India, for their Google Community Vehicle:

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Second went to Edgar Andres Sarmiento Garcia of Bogota, Colombia, for Arriero:

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And third place was awarded to WooSung Lee and Chan Yeop Jeong of Gyeongsan-si, South Korea, for their Bamboo Recumbent:

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Congratulations to the winners, as well as to all who participated.

(In case you’re wondering, the other 11 winners are Nathan Allen of California; M.Y. Alief Samboro and Agri Bisono of Malang, Indonesia; Sergio Botero of Medellin, Colombia; Nicholas Lee Dunderdale of the United Kingdom; Ryan Ebbers of Newmarket, Ontario; Mike Lai, Joe Wu and Johnny Li of Taipei, Taiwan; Hung-Ju Lee of Taiwan; Conner Macfarlane and Collin Lafayette of Oregon and California (respectively); Armando Mercado of Mexico City, Mexico; Marin Myftiu, Hussain Almossawi and Huracan Motors of Tirana, Albania; Manama, Bahrain; and Venice, Italy (respectively); and Arkadiusz Stoklosa, Michal Maciukiewicz and Thomasz Kwolek of Tarnobrzeg, Krakow and Mielec, Poland. All of these people give us encouragement for what will possibly be an exceedingly clever future.)