What do Ferraris say to you?

Speed? High performance? Stunning lines? World-class engineering? Probably all of the above, but a group of design schools is aiming to take the Italian Stallions to the next level with low weight and low environmental impact taking priority too.

The schools are competing in the Ferrari World Design Contest and it's now entering its second stage and having started with 50 hopefuls, the finalists now comprise IED and IAAD from Turin (Italy), the London Royal College of Arts (UK), the European Design Institute Barcelona (Spain), Seoul’s Hong-ik College (Korea), the DSK Supinfocom from Pune (India) and the College For Creative Studies in Detroit (USA). The competition is tough, and students will have to face a jury including Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

Ferrari World Design Contest

Ferrari World Design Contest

The international design schools will now have to create three models with up-to-the-minute technology to preview the next generation of Ferrari sports car, hinting at extreme performance through high technology engines, ultra light weight and a nod towards environmental responsibility with high tech hybrid powertrains

The models will include a 3D computer model and a physical 1:4 scale model and the competing students will have to show they can give as much consideration to function as the can for form. The schools will also have to think about interior design.

The potential prize is certainly worth having though - the winner, announced in July, will win an internship at Ferrari and cash prizes.

All Car Tech will keep you up to date on the contest as it progresses.

[Ferrari North Europe]