The Pacific Motors Competition asked participants to design a car specifically for the Pacific Northwest.
The theme was “Thrive in the Elements”, with Earth, wind, fire and water being the the inspiring elements.
The three winning projects, voted by Local Motors’ online community among the 75 submitted entries, will be evaluated for a possible future production.
1st Place –
GAIA Concept by Pierre Gimbergues (Versailles, France)
Gaia is a 4-seat all-terrain roadster. With open top and dedicated rear storage for bikes and boards, it is designed for outdoor enjoyment.
The GAIA Concept is powered by electric wheel motors fueled by a flat battery pack integrated into the chassis.
How does this design allow people in the Pacific Northwest to “Thrive in the Elements”? According to Pierre, “The concept is that of a dynamic SUV which could turn into an all-road roadster or an extreme spider.
This feature permits a feeling of freedom and cool sensation. The objective was to create a versatile SUV for the athletic people of the Pacific Northwest, allowing them to “Thrive in the Elements”.
2nd Place – Pangea Concept by
Olivier Poulet (France)
“Built with every space utilized for functional storage, this 5 passenger small scale CUV style vehicle has incredible, and variable capability.
“With personalizable block coloring, bioplastic materials and optional solar panels, this is a vehicle for a driver who cares both about his/her carbon footprint, as well as an attractive ride. “
How does this design allow people in the Pacific Northwest to “Thrive in the Elements”?
Olivier designed for “youth, or people with a young spirit who can not stay in one place.
“They need to move, discover, and explore new territories. They are ready to experience any new extreme sports – while being responsible toward the environment.”
3rd Place – Pacific Motors Rove by
Marc Senger (Massachusetts, USA)
Marc has incorporated features fit for specific use cases taken directly from car lovers in the Pacific Northwest.
The thoughtful details like the stream assist paddles, seed planter and clothes drying bins make this special, while the overall proportions, existing powertrain incorporation and material usage make it feasible.
The powertrain features a Subaru 2.0l Biodiesel engine paired with lithium iron phosphate batteries for added range and efficiency (52 mpg combined mileage).
How does this design allow people in the Pacific Northwest to “Thrive in the Elements”? Marc designed for a personal testimony from a Pacific Northwestern.
“Evan, a barista on Monday and thrill seeker on Saturday seeks thrills with hills, not gas fills. That’s why the Rove uses a torquey 2.0 liter biodiesel boxer engine to help maintain a low center of gravity, paired with lithium iron phosphate batteries for added range and efficiency (52 mpg combined mileage) and all-wheel drive.
“In the case that Evan transcends the cusp of civilization and gets stranded, he doesn’t want to rely on his iPhone to notify rescue. That’s why Rove has a built-in distress beacon. And following a long hike, Evan can fill up his water bottle in the “Lifeline” center stack H20 stream, filtered by natural cotton, sand, and gravel elements, and sleep with the aid of its audible trickle.”
(Source: Local Motors)