A series of visionary designs in a Citroen sponsored project have been unveiled at the Royal College of Art's Interim Degree Show in London. The Double Challenge project required RCA MA second year students to design a compelling ultra-compact model that could establish a unique Citroen e-vehicle aesthetic for the future. The project was jointly sponsored by Citroen and EXA, a France-based aerodynamic simulation software company.
Heikki Juvonen's E-3POD Antistatic was chosen as the best overall design by representatives from Citroen's Style Centre and Electric Vehicle Development Team. His single-seat creation is a bold and engaging take on an urban three wheel electric vehicle. The distinctive, aerodynamic styling features two smaller wheels at the front with the driver sitting inside a larger third wheel with an innovative hub-less design. As his prize, Heikki receives a six month employment contract to work at the prestigious PSA Design Centre in Paris.
Heikki commented; "I'm thrilled Citroen selected my design as their favourite and I can't wait to work with their talented team in France. As a designer I strive for new and better solutions. Good and sustainable design not only improves manufacturer brand image and sales, but can also help to preserve our environment."
Citroen had significant involvement throughout the Double Challenge project, providing industry figures to lend the students their expertise and experience, as well as organising a trip to the PSA Design Centre and Le Conservatoire, Citroen's in-house museum of historic models.
Philippe Holland, Responsable Style Graphique at Citroen, said; "We're delighted to be involved in this important RCA project. The students have produced some truly exceptional ideas for the future design of electric Citroen vehicles. This type of powertrain is increasingly recognised as an important solution for economically and environmentally viable urban transport; so it's fantastic to see the electric visions of these potential car designers of tomorrow."
The RCA is the only exclusively postgraduate art and design university. The college's Automotive Design course has been in existence for 40 years and is the oldest of its kind in Europe.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Designer of the award-winning Citroen DS3, previously studied at the Royal College of Art.Published 7 February 2011