The sixth edition of the Blender F1 Challenge has begun! CurtisS is once again hosting his yearly fast-futuristic-car modeling contest.
On his site the history of the challenge makes for some interesting reading:
The Blender F1 Challenge began simply enough with a "challenge". In the spring of 2001, I posted an image on the original Blender community forum (at blender.nl) of a newly rendered F1 concept car touted as "Schummi's New Ride". It was red, and had the famous prancing horse logo on the side. I had been using Blender for 6 or 7 monthes at the time so I was quite proud of actually finishing a model. That was until another Blender user (who shall remain nameless...) posted a comment that it looked like "80's technology". So in reply, I challenged the "other" Blender user to create a better F1 future car. Meanwhile, several other Blender users were watching this forum thread and asked if they could join the challenge to create a F1 car of the future. Needless to say, the rest is history as the Blender F1 Challenge, now in it's sixth year, has become the most popular Blender users contest ever. THANK YOU the Blender community for that distinction!
To give you an idea of the level of the competition, here are the winners of the previous years:
If you need inspiration, check out the galleries of the previous contests. Also, last year's winner Vincent Tcheng Chang has written three excellent tutorials (2003, 2004, 2005) on his entries. They're in French, but the artwork is exceptional and it will help you in your design process.
Entries will be accepted starting on March 18, 2006. Entries close Saturday, May 13, 2006 at midnight (just before it turns to Sunday) Pacific coast USA time. Oh, and read the rules.