LITECAR Challenge: updates

LITECAR Challenge: updates

Local Motors has announced new details on the LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge, organized in partnership with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

The LITECAR Challenge seeks innovative conceptual designs to lightweight a vehicle while maintaining or exceeding current U.S. automotive safety standards. Participants’ pioneering designs will compete for a piece of the total $150,000 cash prize.

The LITECAR Challenge invites designers, scientists, engineers, innovators and fabricators to comprehensively redesign a vehicle using beyond the state-of-the-art solutions to reduce the overall curb weight of modern vehicles.

LITCAR Challenge - Sedan Layout

Participants are encouraged to address novel material technologies, structural designs, energy absorbing materials and devices, and unique methods of manufacturing that allow for lightweight vehicle designs that maintain or exceed current U.S. automotive safety standards.

A panel of expert judges will evaluate entries based on four main criteria: curb weight reduction, vehicle safety, innovation and supporting evidence.

The total prize money for this challenge is $150,000, with a grand prize of $60,000.

Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, March 5 2015 and winners will be announced on Monday, April 20.

For more information and to participate in the Challenge, you can visit

(Source: Local Motors)

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