AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN CHALLENGE
Transport design was offered for the first time at Marist in 2015 as part of the engineering course. Naturally the best way attack the design challenge was to create a new car.
Taking into consideration the idea of power, performance, and the new dawning of electric vehicles in the modern world; an electric supercar was created to fill the void in the electric car market.
Research into market, materials, technology, power supplies and aerodynamics culminated in the DM Hawker. This final design prototype in a 1:14 LEGO scale model helps to illustrate some of the unique design aspects of the car, as well as help to showcase some features.
Much of the power delivery and battery supply comes from the architecture of Tesla P100 cars. But beyond that it is very different, the Hawker utilizes pushrod multi link suspension, active aerodynamics, and carbon fibre tub.
Older supercars from the early 90’s and beyond inspired the design of the car. Box lines and widened arches at the rear help to recreate the iconic supercar ‘wedge’ shape. Fender mounted wing mirrors, butterfly doors, rear cam shell engine bay cover are just some of the unique touches that are now found on supercars across the globe.
This design and this project were enough to allow the opportunity to enter and win the Year 11 & 12 Automotive Award for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences STEM Competition in 2015.
The Lego build itself consists of over 2000 pieces and has been featured across multiple build pages including BrothersBrick and TheLegoCarBlog. The full model does include fully functioning components with doors, boot, and engine cover all being usable.