- Rolls-Royce has decided to open up a car design competition for kids around the world, who are likely bored and stuck at home thanks to COVID-19.
- The terms of the contest are simple: entrants just need to be 16 or younger and have a good imagination.
- Submissions will be accepted until May 18, and the winner will receive a digitally rendered illustration of their entry.
Sketching out cars is something children have been doing since before there were even cars. Ask a kid to design a car, and they’ve been known to draw something that’s never been seen before, completely out of this world, sometimes even downright ludicrous. Rolls-Royce had better brace itself now that it has announced a Young Designer Competition and called for kids to enter their drawings.
Aimed at kids 16 and under, it’s intended to be something families can do for fun, as a distraction amid the worldwide home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The competition is an extension of an annual design contest held during Rolls-Royce’s Family Day Celebration in Goodwood, England. Kids can submit multiple entries, and the deadline is May 18.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ design team will be judging every submission. The overall winner will receive a digitally rendered illustration, and runners-up will get a hand-signed certificate from the CEO of Rolls-Royce, Torsten Müller-Ötvös. But the top entry from the U.K. will get the coolest prize by far: a ride for the winner and a friend to school in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce on the first day back in school. Their school will also receive a Greenpower electric car to compete in the Greenpower Goblin Challenge, an engineering competition to build an electric race car.
It makes sense that Rolls-Royce is the automaker to open up a global competition of this sort, considering that some of its own creations could be called works of art. Need an example? Take a look at this Wraith with an exquisite embroidered peregrine falcon.
For kids who want more car-related activities like this one, you could check out the Petersen Automotive Museum’s online activities and the official Car and Driver Boredom Busters collection.