Original thinkers can be difficult people to track down, but this month Autocar is looking for some.

The closing date for our Next Generation Award is about to pass, and in the hope of drumming up a late surge of submissions, I thought I’d make one last appeal to the forum faithful to enter. Do you have ideas that could change the car industry? Then tell us about them.

Have you got what it takes to change the car industry? Click here for for full details on how to enter the competition

The award itself is designed to challenge those lucky enough to be considering, particularly studying for, a career in the car industry. It’s open, therefore, only to students in tertiary education. But for those students, I reckon it offers the chance of winning a pretty good route into the industry, not to mention £6000 in cash; read more about here.

Necessity being the mother of you-know-what, I’d expect the best entries to go straight to the heart of the biggest issues that car-makers face today: how do we make cars cleaner and more sustainable? How do we make them cheaper, safer, better-performing and more efficient all at the same time? How do we squeeze more performance out of fewer cubic centimetres? And how should we change the way we build and sell them in today’s tempestuous global market?