Here’s something to take your mind off the Coronavirus crisis.

Rolls-Royce is encouraging aspiring designers to bring their automotive dreams to life through a special ‘Young Designer Competition’.

Open to young people around the world aged 16 years or less, they are invited to design their dream Rolls-Royce of the future.

Rolls says the competition enables designers of the future to let their imaginations and creativity run free, even while they remain bound to their homes.

Entries will be judged by the design team who will select an overall winner, who will receive a rendered illustration of their design – a true once-in-a-lifetime, money-can’t-buy prize.

They will also be treated to a chauffeur-driven journey in a Rolls-Royce Phantom for their first day back to school — with their best friend.

Runners-up will receive a hand-signed certificate from Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Car, Torsten Müller-Ötvös (that one doesn’t sound too exciting).

Two additional prizes will be awarded to one lucky UK entrant.

Travel to school in style in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce once the UK’s Coronavirus counter measures draw to an end, plus a new Greenpower electric car kit will be donated to their school.

The latter will enable participation in the Greenpower Challenge – the UK’s number-one motorsport competition for schools across Britain.

The Young Designer Competition is an extension of that which is run each year at the Rolls-Royce employees’ Family Day Celebration, held at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.

This eagerly anticipated activity delights creative young minds, as well as proud parents and grandparents.

Rolls-Royce is opening up the competition to a worldwide audience to: stimulate design talent; inspire greatness; and provide a welcome distraction from self-isolation and social-distancing measures being adopted by many countries around the globe.

Young designers can share their innovative designs for a future Rolls-Royce at:


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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