And the winner is…
MURRAY Sharp’s beautifully rendered XS concept, a sporty four-seater powered by electric hub-motors, has been judged the best of the four Design A Car finalists by Jaguar designer Wayne J Burgess. For a young man with serious intentions of entering the world of car design, winning the inaugural Design A Car competition comes as a great incentive for Sharp. The highly acclaimed Burgess had the following to say:
“I’m guessing this proposal was quite popular with the Facebook voters and for me, while it may have been slightly predictable to have chosen this car, it is for one over-riding reason; it looks more like a Jaguar than any of the others. Murray has clearly spent a lot of time studying the C-X75, but he’s created a car with its own identity, and the proportions of his proposal are very well judged both in profile, plan and three-quarter views. This again is a fundamental part of ‘what makes a Jaguar a Jaguar’, so credit to him for delivering this. The headlamp and grille graphics also relate nicely to the F-Type and C-X75, and of all of the proposals, this is the one with which I could see the strongest relationship to our latest generation of (sportscar) front ends.
Where I would offer some coaching is to resist using too many ‘negative’ shapes in the car’s form language; the roof, bonnet and rear deck of the car all have negative sections, which can give the impression that the car is sagging. (Jaguar’s design DNA is all about producing cars with taut, confident, powerful surfaces).
Nevertheless, a very, very creditable proposal, with additional brownie points for producing, what appears to be, an Alias model and rendering it up in a couple of photo-realistic environments. These skills will stand Murray in good stead for a future career in car design, so congratulations on a well-deserved first place!”
Burgess awarded Norman Christian Siebert’s C-XB second place, Neil de Vos’s B-Type third and Con van der Colff’s Cub fourth.
More from the competition…
We received more than 50 entries in our Design a Car competition near the end of September, sent in from readers as young as seven. All entries were loaded on to our Facebook page and the votes began.
These are the four design submissions which received the most votes: Constant van de Colff for his Jaguar CUB, Neil De Vos for his Jaguar B-Type, Christian Siebert for his Jaguar C-XB, and Murray Sharp for his Jaguar XS.
The four finalist’s designs have been sent to our judge, Jaguar designer Wayne Burgess. Burgess will choose the winner who will be announced in the January 2013 issue of CAR (on sale 17 December 2012).
For the full entry gallery click here.