If you’re a secondary school or college student with a love for cars, the following will definitely pique your interest. Nasim and Automobiles Peugeot have launched a design competition with the New Straits Times, with the aim of educating college and secondary school students with skills needed to design an automobile.

The inaugural NST-Peugeot Design Competition kicked off on May 29 and will run until August 21, with the winners announced on Nov 1. Open to all college and secondary school students in Malaysia, the competition seeks to offer Malaysian students a chance to design a car.

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Participants of the competition – which is split into two categories, secondary school students and university or college students – will need to submit their design of what they envision to be the perfect Peugeot vehicle for Southeast Asian markets in 2018.

Secondary school students will have to submit a design illustration mounted on an A3 or A2 board which must include a perspective and package drawing (an elevation drawing, including interior design) and a description of the design in English.

As for university and college students, they’ll also be required to submit a design illustration mounted on an A3 or A2 board. One hundred semi-finalists will be shortlisted, and awarded consolation prizes, and the top 10 participants of this shortlisted group will then be required to submit a 1/5th scale model of their proposed design.

Secondary students will have to participate individually for the competition, while college/university students are required to enter as a team of three, which must include one tutor/lecturer/professor.

All design illustrations for both secondary school and college students can be either hand drawn or computer assisted, or a combination of both. In the case of the 10 chosen finalists in the college/university category, there are no prerequisites as far as choice of materials go in building the 1/5th scale model – anything from papier-mache and beeswax to clay or putty can be utilised, though the cost of building the actual model will have to be borne by the team.

In terms of prizes, the winner in the university/college student category will be awarded a five-day, four-night expense paid trip for all members of the team to Paris and Peugeot’s design centre in Velizy, France, along with RM1,000 in cash. The winning team also gets Peugeot merchandise valued at 100 Euro and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group.

The second-placed team will also receive a five-day, four-night trip with all expenses paid, but for for only two members of the team to Paris and the design centre in Velizy, France. Like with the winners, second also bags Peugeot merchandise valued at 100 Euro and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group. The third-placed team will receive RM250 for two members in the team and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group.

As for secondary school students, the first place winner will receive an iPad 2 and Peugeot merchandise, while the second prize winner will receive RM500 and Peugeot merchandise and third prize takes home RM250 and Peugeot merchandise. Besides the top three places, a further 30 entrants will be given consolation prizes.

As part of the design competition, tutorials on design will be available on a weekly basis via Cars, Bikes and Trucks to assist the participants in creating their own designs, and there’s a two-month roadshow beginning in June, which will make its way to over 100 schools nationwide and five institutions of higher learning to promote the design competition.

Nasim or Automobiles Peugeot may decide to develop the winning design into a model for display at motorshows and roadshows, said Datuk Samson Anand George, COO of Nasim. “With this competition, it is our aim to give Malaysian students a platform to showcase their talent and creativity. It is also an opportunity to the lay the ground work for tomorrow’s automotive designers in Malaysia,” he said.

Entries will be judged on the relevance to the theme, concept originality, design value and quality and development potential. You can find out more about the competition here.