GrabCAD recently decided to turn the tables by giving engineers the chance to pen a body for a ready-made chassis by 500 Group. The site was flooded with 200 unique designs completed in just 40 days. The top quarter of those went on for final judging in two categories: street and track. 500 Group will then actually produce one or more of the designs through a General Motors Special Projects agreement.
Noteworthy facts about GrabCAD's competition:
- One of first and largest crowdsourcing design competitions to be actually scheduled for production
- 194 unique and stunning submissions in 40 days of challenge
- Thousands of feedback comments from engineers in community to engineers participating in challenge
- Unique method for selecting winner; Winning submissions selected by sheer number of "likes" from GrabCAD community (assuming they followed all design guidelines set in challenge details)