Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has just announced the global winners in its Young Designer Competition, which invited children around the world to design their dream Rolls-Royce of the future.
In this competition there is four categories – Technology, Environment, Fantasy and Fun and judges need to select from more than 5,000 entries from over 80 countries. Rolls-Royce also decided that no rules or specified judging criteria to constrain them, children were able to let their imagination run free, creating designs of extraordinary richness, creativity and diversity.
The four category winners, who hail from Japan, France, China and Hungary and range in age from six to 16, will each enjoy a chauffeur-driven journey with their best friend in a Rolls-Royce to school. The designs of the winners and three additional Highly Commended entrants have all been transformed into beautiful digitally-rendered illustrations by the Rolls-Royce Design Team, using the same software and processes as they would in a ‘real’ Rolls-Royce design project.
Entries included designs inspired by (amongst other things) unicorns, turtles, space travel, the Egyptian pyramids, Pablo Picasso and bumble-bees. Many are capable of flying or travelling underwater; the designs also featured a host of clever devices and novel technologies to save labour, provide pleasure and entertainment and benefit humanity and the environment.
Reflecting on the competition, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “On behalf of myself and everyone at Rolls-Royce, I would like to thank every single Young Designer who entered the competition, and for all the thought, hard work and creativity that went into their designs. There is some amazing talent out there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our entrants went on to work as car designers one day – perhaps even at Rolls-Royce.”
He concluded, “The most important thing I’ve learned from this competition is that whatever our circumstances, we have the power to create amazing things, because our imagination is always free to fly. I hope the children who took part will recognise this, too, and that it will be something positive they can take from their pandemic experience.”
Rolls-Royce Bluebird II by Chenyang, age 13, China
Rolls-Royce Capsule by Saya, age 6, Japan
Rolls-Royce Turtle Car by Florian, age 16, France
Rolls-Royce Glow by Léna, age 11, Hungary
Rolls-Royce Bolt by Declan, age 10, United Kingdom
Rolls-Royce Prosperity by Tim, age 9, Germany
Rolls-Royce House of Esperanto by Alisa, age 6, Russia