Design Award

The acceleration race based on a historical model with the variety of participating vehicles from 1903 to modern times is the ideal platform for a new design award format.

Prof. James Kelly from Pforzheim University, Transportation Design and Tobias Aichele from the PR and event agency Solitude GmbH have launched one. According to it, vehicles are evaluated at full acceleration. After all, these have a completely different feel at full speed. "They claw their way into the asphalt, can be heard and also smelled. A car or motorbike appeals to all the senses when sprinting," emphasises Aichele.

Finally, on Sunday, 4 September 2022, the world of designers will come together at the Forum Paracelsus for the opening theme of the Mobility Forum St. Moritz, organised as part of the International St. Moritz Automobile Week. The jury members from the lecture will meet additional guests here and will discuss exciting design-related topics in various panels The jury at the Kilomètre Lancé consists of:

Tony Hatter
had his first design job at Opel after graduating from university before moving to Porsche in 1986. In autumn 2020, he ended his career at Style Porsche after 34 years. One of his favourite projects was the design of the last air-cooled Porsche 911 of the 993 generation. After the great success of the 993 Carrera and several design awards, Tony and his team also designed the Porsche 993 Turbo. From 1995 onwards, he continued to specialise in the design of racing cars such as the 911 GT1, which also won at Le Mans in 1998. This was followed by the design of the Porsche Carrera GT (Type 980) super sports car. Today, Tony travels worldwide as a judge to the most important classic car events.
Prof. James Kelly
first studied industrial design in Newcastle, UK, and successfully completed his studies at the Royal College of Arts in London. Since 1992, he has been a permanent member of the Design University in Pforzheim. To this day, this is one of the most important forges for top young designers. James Kelly sees it as a balancing act, on the one hand to bring students into industry after graduation, on the other hand to show courage in design without irritating the later clientele for new vehicles.
Harm Lagaaij
rendered outstanding services to Porsche in his more than 15 years of service. His first encounter with the sports car manufacturer came in 1971. In the design department in Weissach, he mainly worked on the 924 and 911 models. After working at Ford and BMW, Lagaaij headed the main "Style Porsche" department from 1989 onwards. Under his leadership, the shape of the Boxster was created, which initiated Porsche's economic turnaround. Harm Lagaaij is a lover of sports prototypes and is a passionate motorcyclist. As a judge, he evaluates the vehicles at the Concorso on the grounds of the Villa d'Este.
Stephen Murkett
studied at Cambridge College of Art and Technology and then received a Master's degree in automotive design from the Royal College of Art in London. A car enthusiast, he came to Germany where he worked at the Porsche Engineering Center for over 30 years, specialising in the exterior styling of Porsche's sports cars. Murkett starts with the concept phase of a new car - often with a restaurant napkin sketch - and ultimately oversees the process through computer rendering. Most recently, he was involved in the development of Porsche's first luxury SUV, the Cayenne. He spent his last years at the sports car manufacturer working as a scout for new trends. Today, Stephen organises classic car meetings in the Stuttgart area under the label Breakfast Club.
Britta Pukall
is founder, CEO and member of the board of directors of milani and the LCG larssoncreative group. After her design and architecture studies and the corresponding master's degree from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, she started her professional career at what was probably the largest and most internationally renowned design agency at the time. There, Britta was already appointed the youngest business manager at the age of 28. As a juror of the most prestigious awards, Britta enjoys a high professional reputation and is repeatedly requested due to her competences. She was president of the Raymond Loewy Foundation and a member of the St. Moritz Design Summit.
Frank Rinderknecht
is the Swiss car visionary. After a stay abroad in Los Angeles, he began studying mechanical engineering at the ETH in Zurich in 1976. The following year he was already importing sunroofs from the USA and finally founded Rinspeed AG in 1979. From then on, he surprised the car world every year with spectacular designs at the Geneva Motor Show. A total of 26 years in a row. Today, Rinderknecht is concerned with innovative sustainability. His project is called "CitySnap".


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