A two-wheeled car has won the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Continental Connection design competition.
One winner from each of the RCA’s vehicle design course groups was chosen, while the overall winner was Yang Liu, who presented a two-wheeled, two-seat interpretation of the Benz Velo.
The 25 students from the RCA’s Vehicle Design Programme were asked to choose a ‘donor car’ from the Veteran Car Run and analyse, deconstruct and create a future interpretation of it. The students were given four weeks to come up with the concepts from inception to submission, and could only submit one design each.
Senior tutor of the programme, Matteo Conti, said that the concepts “must go beyond design and styling; the donor vehicle’s identity is essential, but the design must not rely too heavily on technology.”
Yang Liu’s design “went above and beyond the brief, he created a well-resolved future vehicle, which also provided a transport solution. It was a really complete and sound design proposal,” said Conti, who praised the innovation behind Liu’s deliberately simplistic concept.