2010 Michelin Challenge Bibendum: Kids Predict the Future of the Car

June 1, 2010

Art Linkletter isn't around anymore--and apparently he had the power to take a bunch of the 1980s' best sitcom talent with him--but his legacy still lives to give kids a chance to out-think adults on a regular basis.

So, what happens when you ask kids about the future of cars?

For this year's Challenge Bibendum, the organizers at Michelin asked the children of employees and those at three Brazilian schools to put down on paper their concept of the car of the future. The results, from these budding 8-to-10-year-old Bob Lutzes? Pretty charming and illustrative and brilliant. I mean, why didn't we think of a flying car that runs on highlighter pens?

While a Challenge panel chose 60 drawings to display at the 2010 Bibendum in Rio, and named three winners, we had almost a dozen favorites. They start above with a cool take on Airstream functionality that apparently runs on wind socks and requires at least three wheels to land. And have you ever seen an homage to the VW Microbus that also featured side-sliding doors like those on the USS Enterprise? This is obviously awesome.

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