It was during the last months of 2020 when Extreme E announced that it would give to their fans the opportunity to design the trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the inaugural race in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia and other destinations, through a competition they received more than 100 applications from 31 countries, including children and adults.
The wait is over, because on March 5, after a complicated deliberation, the design by Uruguayan Mariano Pineyrua (IG: @cruzcreativelab) was chosen as the winner. Using a rather bold concept that uses the shape of the Extreme E logo to function as a sculpture, the young man took the throne.
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“For each of the five X-Prix trophies, a different material is used, inspired by the environmental theme that highlights the championship at this venue: Stone for the desert, recycled plastic for the ocean, recycled mirror for the Arctic, burnt wood for the Amazon rainforest and recycled glass for the dwindling ice glaciers”, reported the Extreme E.
After all the applications went through some filters, 10 designs were presented to the jury, which was made up of the following:
- Catie Munnings – Andretti United Team Driver
- Jayne Connell – Interstate Partner and Creative Lead of Extreme E
- Drew Feustel – astronaut and geophysicist
- Dra. Lucy Woodall, Marine Biologist and Extreme E Ocean Scientist
Creativity, circular economy, technicality and features of the Extreme E were some of the aspects evaluated, which finally coincided in the creation made by a representative from Latin America.
“It feels awesome to win the Extreme E trophy design challenge, particularly as a designer focused on circular economy and design. I really wanted to showcase the values and purpose of Extreme E with an attractive and innovative trophy. I think this category of racing will be a game-changer in motorsport worldwide and I can’t wait to see the winners lift the trophies. Thank you to Extreme E and the judging panel for choosing my design”.Mariano Pineyrua, Extreme E trophy design challenge winner
The trophy in question will be created with plastic waste collected at sea during the crossing of the ST. Helena, and it will be printed with 3D technology. Among the machines available for creation are a filament maker, a plastic shredder and a polymer dryer.
The creator of the winning design will receive a replica of the first X Prix trophy. Plus, the winner would watch how it is created the Season 1 x Prix.
How was the participation?
Participating was an easy task, since applicants only had to fill out a form adding their full name, address, email and a brief explanation of their design. Illustrations made in pencil and paper or different software such as Photoshop and CAD (Computer-aided design) were accepted.
Written by | Osward Rubio