A few weeks ago Opel launched a challenge for creative talents and design students to create their own fun and irreverent design of the Rocks-e microcar (Opel’s version of the Citroën Ami) for the “Rocks-e Design Hack” initiative – and answers. it was amazing.
Young designers from all over the world participated in the competition on social networks. With ideas and projects that surprised the jury made up of Florian Huettl, CEO of the car manufacturer, Mark Adams, vice president of design, and influencer and car expert, Jessica Thön.
The winner was the German Lukas Wenzhöfer, a student at the University of Architecture in Pforzheim/Baden-Württemberg, who convinced the jury with his interpretation of the Opel Rocks-e as “Rocks e-xtreme”, an all-terrain electric car. Opel has announced that it will develop a winning design as the all-new Rocks-e. Completely novel: the community will be able to follow the development process of the “Rocks e-extreme” concept through social networks.
“The many amazing design projects developed for the Opel Rocks-e show how inspiring our innovative electric ATV is around the world,” said Florian Huettl. “Great attractions and unique ideas prove the power of electric mobility with small and modern designs. The Rocks-e has an impact and offers driving pleasure without indoor air pollution. We congratulate Lukas Wenzhöfer and at the same time we thank all the members of the Design Hack for their creativity and dedication.
Lukas Wenzhöfer has been a fan of the innovative light car for some time now: “Opel Rocks-e allows young people to enjoy a real driving experience. My concept takes these points and pushes them to the limit. The off-road capability promotes the feeling of freedom to reach any destination , and the increase in sports promises more driving fun to show that electric mobility is more than a compromise solution”, explained the student.
This project creates a fun, electric all-terrain vehicle with an attractive appearance. Specific wide outward facing wheels, stable stance, double wishbone front suspension and, depending on terrain requirements, springs and dampers for each wheel, as well as a bright yellow bar frame.
Finally, at the back, a large spoiler with turquoise “e-xtreme” lettering and the number “001” indicate that this is a truly unique two-seater, battery-electric vehicle, which serves one purpose: to deliver a clean product. the joy of off-road driving.
“It was important for me to keep a good balance between interesting details and a clean overall feeling, to preserve the basic character of the Rocks-e and to remain faithful to Opel’s design language, bold and clean,” added the young student. Lukas Wenzhöfer, 26 years old.