The criteria was to design a vehicle with a range of 200km and cost less than $7,000 to manufacture
Ford has now announced that students at Aachen University of Germany, and Deakin University of Australia, were selected as winners of the challenge, earning each of their schools $25,000 in scholarships.
Ford picked the ika as the winner becuase it met all the design criteria and was estimated to cost less than $7,000.
The students from Deakin University created a concept vehicle code named Model T2. The small three-wheel vehicle platform features a unique steering system and is powered by compressed air rotary hub motors.
Each student team received $75,000 in funding from Ford to support the creation of the vehicle concept through sketches, models, research papers and even simple working models. Other schools in the competition included California’s Art Center College of Design, Michigan’s Lawrence Technological University and the University of Michigan, and West Philadelphia High School.