Hot News: Subaru SHARC wins LA Design Challenge 2012
With the automotive landscape constantly changing, law enforcement vehicles must also evolve. For this year’s L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge, designers were tasked with envisioning the Highway Patrol’s bad guy-foiling vehicle for the year 2025. Subaru Global Design’s SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) has been crowned the winner of the competition.
To satisfy the specific needs of Highway Patrol officers, the designs had to meet certain criteria, including speed and agility for future freeway systems and being a manageable size to navigate urban environments. In addition, entries were judged on considerations for tomorrow’s issues like the need for efficient powertrains, alternative fuels, meeting emission standards, as well as maintenance and recyclability concerns. The more creative the solution, the better.
The panel of judges included Tom Matano, executive director for the School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University; Stewart Reed, Transportation Design chair at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design; Imre Molnar, provost and chief academic officer at College for Creative Studies in Detroit; and founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum and former racer Bruce Meyer serving as a guest judge. The judges were impressed with the level of innovation and creativity this year, but one entry stood out.
“The SHARC captured the vision of the Design Challenge theme by combining functionality and problem-solving technology around a dynamic and plausible story,” said Design Los Angeles director Chuck Pelly in a release.