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B’TWIN in Partnership with Local Motors Announce 2-topic, 4-Week CAD Competition for Engineers

B’TWIN has issued a sophisticated challenge to CAD design a suspension and transmission system for the winning “Velocity” Velomobile bike concept designed by Local Motors member, John Bukasa.

The Velocity may be the first community co-created velomobile bike. B’TWIN hosted the industrial design challenge for a human-electric hybrid velomobile tricycle on Local Motors Forge (www.forge.localmotors.com), and John Bukasa’s Velocity design was voted as winner both by the open Local Motors community and B’TWIN panel of judges. Now, B’TWIN wants to move forward in development and would like to prototype the concept.

B’TWIN has detailed a specific and exciting vision for the intended functionality of the Velocity. Bukasa’s design will begin development during a 2-topic 4-week engineering competition. The first topic is to optimize and simplify the suspension and transmission module, and the second is to optimize the steering and front suspension module.

B’TWIN will choose any Entries they are interested in for either of the two topics that both meet the requirements and address a solution satisfactorily, and will award them $3,000.00 for each entry chosen.

Local Motors and B’TWIN are eager to share this challenge and are planning to support the learning opportunity with unprecedented feedback and collaboration. Both B’TWIN and Local Motors professional engineering teams will be offering continuous feedback to participating engineers on a 1-on-1 basis; this competition is more private than previous, allowing B’TWIN to be as upfront and in-depth as possible with the material and feedback provided.

Read the Brief: www.Local-Motors.com/BTWIN
Competition Begins: Friday, June 29, 2012
Submissions for Collaboration Accepted: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Submission Deadline: Friday, July 27, 2012

See John Bukasa’s winning Velocity design here: http://forge.local-motors.com/pages/project.php?cg=9177

Register to Join: www.local-motors.com/register
Read the competition description:  www.Local-Motors.com/BTWIN

About B’TWIN
B’TWIN is the brand for those passionate about cycling. Since its creation in 1976, under the Decathlon name, we have been obsessed with creating, producing, and retailing bicycles, accessories, and apparel of unmistakable quality.

Our desire is to create those innovating solutions and designs that will revolutionize and simplify cycling.
The full integration of all of the different phases allows us to guarantee the best price-value ratio. The brand covers all uses, from kids to competitive cycling. We sell our products over the internet and via more than 600 retailers throughout the world.


About Local Motors
Local Motors is empowering a world of autoMAKERS. Local Motors is a place where people come to create influential vehicles, parts, and products. Whether you are a Designer, Engineer, Fabricator, or Enthusiast this is Your Community dedicated to Your Projects. Come to showcase, co-create, and discover the vehicles of the future. Local Motors co-creates new purposeful vehicles and components with its community of over 17,000 designers, engineers and enthusiasts using open source principals.  Anyone can join the Local Motors community at Forge.Local-Motors.com to assist in designing and engineering of new, innovative components and vehicles, or create their own. Anyone can help choose which vehicles are produced and available for purchase.  Local Motors shares all vehicle data to allow easier modification, home builds or creation of new components to fit existing vehicles. Local Motors does not sell kits. Customers get to build their co-created vehicle at the Local-Motors Micro Factory with professional assistance. The build is completed during 2, 3-day build weekends. Local Motors has been recognized for its groundbreaking approach to automotive development, appearing in articles in Popular Science, Wired and Popular Mechanics and was featured on the Discovery Channel.

Now any individual, company or organization can co-create vehicles, parts and accessories through Local Motors’ co-creative challenge-based platform called “The Forge”; email support@local-motors.com for details.

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