Designing for Ferrari is many a young creative’s dream. The hottest sports cars in the world are not only epic portfolio fodder, but we’d all eventually like to own one of the cars too, if we could afford them. That’s why whenever an opportunity arrives to work on a project for the company it’s not taken lightly.

The company recently hosted their third Top Design School Challenge, asking students to represent their schools as they create the Ferrari of the future. The winner of the top prize, the “Gran Premio Assoluto”, is the Manifesto, created by students from the ISD-Rubika at Valenciennes, France: Michael Barthly, Grimaud Gervex, Jean Baptiste Epinat, Michael Kalyvianakis, Stanislas Oleksiak, and William Stock.

The car is gorgeous, as are the other entries. Congrats to the students and the school!

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Presenting Manifesto – The Ferrari of the future
Winners of Top Design School Challenge announced

Maranello, 15 January – The Manifesto, the FL and the de Esfera are the three winning models in the third Top Design School Challenge, in which four prestige institutes submitted three designs each of the Ferraris of 2040.

The jury comprised Ferrari exponents in the broadest sense of the term from designers to engineers, drivers and even famous collectors: Nicola Boari, Franco Cimatti, Aldo Colonnetti, Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi, Jay Kay, Flavio Manzoni, Nick Mason, Andrea Militello, Paolo Pininfarina and Sebastian Vettel.

Their decision, however, was unanimous: the “Gran Premio Assoluto” overall prize has been awarded to the Manifesto, a design by six students from the ISD-Rubika at Valenciennes, France: Frenchmen Michael Barthly, Grimaud Gervex and Jean Baptiste Epinat, and Belgians Michael Kalyvianakis, Stanislas Oleksiak, and William Stock.

The jury was won over by the completeness of the Manifesto design as well as the students’ ability to create a coherent overall vision of the car spanning its exterior, cabin and running gear. The spectacular door opening mechanism also highlights the evolution of the interior functions, using future-forward technologies. The exterior is instantly recognisable despite the fact that it incorporates certain orthodox features.

The jury also wanted to make a special mention of the FL by Roman Egorov, the only design that focused solely on the cabin. They commented that the Russian student from the Hochschule Pforzheim in Germany very successfully applied a highly unconventional design language to the car interior, integrating and rethinking the human-machine interface in the process. He also partnered luxury, noble materials rather opting than for the typical carbon-leather combination of today, demonstrating his ability to look well beyond accepted convention.

Last but not least, the “Premio Speciale”, decided by an online ballot, went to the de Esfera, the work of three students from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea: Chae wook Lee, Ha kyoung Yeom and Woo jin Jung.