Winners announced of the 2016 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
Alternative fuel types and environmentally-friendly ways of travelling were popular themes in the entries for the 2016 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
Hundreds of entries were received for the competition, which encourages children aged up to 15 to combine their imagination and their creative skills to design what they think would be a great car for the future.
The best entries went on display at Toyota (GB) PLC’s Surrey headquarters, where staff members were able to vote for their preferences in each age group. Final judging then produced three winners in each of the three age groups, all of whom were invited to a prize-giving reception at the HQ building last week (19 February).
The occasion was hosted by Paul Van der Burgh, President and Managing Director of Toyota GB, who congratulated the young designers on their skills and insights into how cars can be developed in exciting new ways. The winners each received a framed copy of their work, Apple iPads, a goody bag and a certificate to mark their achievement. The winners of each age category in the UK competition will have their work entered into the global Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, with the chance of winning a trip to Japan.
Dominik Czopek, from Dumfries, Scotland, Bubbly Jubbly Musical Car. A car with retractable wheels so that it can avoid colliding with other cars in accidents and wings to fly to avoid bad traffic. It uses dishwashing liquid for fuel so that bubbles are released instead of toxins. It also plays lovely music so that everyone is happy, healthy and safe, instead of making loud, bad sounds.
Maya Klein, from Ilford, Essex, Everywhere, Anywhere. A car that lets Maya visit her Grandma in Nepal at weekends, instead of every 1-2 years.
Tess Hudson, from Romiley, Stockport, Underwater Fish Car. A car that’s powered by water and uses the steering wheel to move the tail to steer underwater. It has a telescope and a bright light that shines so you can see deep underwater.
Eight to 11 years
Denisa Rissa, from Luton, Bedfordshire, Camouflaging Car. A car that blends in with its surroundings to allow people to be able to study and look at animals without threatening them.
Advaidh Menon, from Palmersville, Newcastle upon Tyne, Toyota Save Trooper. A flood rescue car with drone cameras to help rescue people from the recent flooding in the UK and other parts of the world. It can travel by road, water and in the air, and is powered by solar energy and hydrogen.
Archie Mills, from Lingfield, Surrey, Minecraft Monster Machine. A cool gaming car that you can fly or drive. It takes you to your favourite minecraft world and helps to avoid boredom when travelling in the car. You can sleep and play on the Xbox all in one car.
12 to 15 years
Rachel Rissa, from Luton, Bedfordshire, Toyota Strategy. Toyota Strategy (Specialised Traveller for Terrestrial Accessibility) is a specially designed car to tackle tracks with many obstacles, specifically mountains, cliffs, steep places and normally inaccessible grounds.
Elinor Whyte, from Helensburgh, Scotland, The Pineapplelator. This car can help animals and the environment endangered by deforestation.
Amber Blake, from Tarbert, Scotland, Change’o’matic. A car that can change its appearance on the outside.