First prize went to a German designer, one of 350,000 members in GrabCad's online community of engineers, who paired hot rod elements of today with a cold-fusion-powered engine for his winning Alpha. This vehicle was built to fly down roads and travel into space. The simulation showing Alpha on the road reminded one commenter of the head from "Alien."
Gaberiel Ortin of Canada took second place with his 2040 Direct Drive vehicle. He believes that though most cars of the future will be driverless, there will always be a desire to drive. Direct Drive pares down the concept of a car to its bare bones. Drivers are about as close to the road as possible, offering a suspended seat that swivels with turns, and a completely open cockpit mesh-like floor.
Third-place winner Matthew Gueller designed a personal hot rod motorcycle that keeps all three wheels on the ground.
Firanse R3, designed by Luis Cordoba of Mexico, said his fourth-place-winning vehicle would be affordable and ecologically sound. With just two parts, the cab holds seats, batteries and principal controls; and the wheels contain engines, brakes, and a suspension and direction system. Cordoba's design has been downloaded more than 400 times, twice the number of any other competitor.