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Local Motors XC2V design competition winners announced

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700

The winners of the Local Motors XC2V design competition have been announced.

Created in partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the brief called for individuals to co-create a vehicle body design for two different missions – Combat Reconnaissance and Combat Delivery & Evacuation – based on Local Motors' tubular steel chassis.

The goal was to create a fast, lightweight, highly capable vehicle that would be suitable for various field missions. These concepts were then submitted to the Local Motors website where a team of nine service chief program members from DARPA monitored submissions and provided feedback to the entrants, and LM community members voted for their favorite design.

First place winner Victor Garcia's reconfigurable Flypmode concept earned him $7500, Marc Senger's versatile Kratos concept was good for second place and a $1500 prize, and the sentinel concept by Romain Chareyre was awarded third place.

Garcia's vehicle will become a functional concept car in June of this year.

Over the course of the last month, more than 150 design entries featuring innovations for modularity, increased visibility, unique personnel carrying strategies, optimal equipment usage and ease of ingress and egress were received and validated via the Local Motors website. Full details on the top-three entries can be found at the links below:

Flypmode concept by Victor Garcia (United States)
Kratos concept by Marc Senger (United States)
Sentinel concept by Romain Chareyre (France)

By Eric Gallina