The winners of SAIC’s second annual Roewe-MG design competition have been announced. Themed ‘MG 90 style’, the contest asked automotive design students to envision a future sports car or a GT car for the MG brand in 2025.
Design director of SAIC Technical Center Shao Jingfeng unveiled the winning designs at the carmaker’s Shanghai-based Design Center.
Judged according to a criteria of “relevance, creativity, aesthetics and integrity”, Fu Ting from Donghua University won first place, while Zha Lianghao also from Donghua University and Yang Haochuan from Coventry University shared the second spot.
The trio will be rewarded with a one-week visit to SAIC’s UK Design Studio and a summer internship at SAIC’s Shanghai Design Center.
First place winner Fu Ting’s roadster concept for 2025.
This year’s competition coincided with the 90th anniversary of the MG marque, which SAIC Motor bought out from Nanjing Automobile back in 2006.
Overall investment by SAIC into the UK via the UK Technical Centre exceeds £250 million since its formation, which includes a new European Design studio, now the fifth largest in the UK.
‘Pro-T’ concept by Yang Haochuan awarded joint second place.
Industry reports suggest MG has already started work on a new open-top two-seater to succeed the MG TF, and it is expected go into production before the end of the decade. The new vehicle will be developed in Longbridge, Birmingham, where all current MGs are designed, engineered and undergo final assembly.
Racetrack-inspired ‘T’ concept by Zha Lianghao awarded joint second prize by the judges.
The UK Technical Centre is also said to be working on a number of new engine designs, including high-powered 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol units that could be utilised in a potential future sports car.
Source: SAIC Motor