Autocar Wants Your Ideas To Fix The UK Car Industry

By Holly Brockwell on at

Applications have just opened for this year's Autocar Courland Next Generation Award, which asks people aged 17 to 25 to come up with ideas and innovations to improve the UK's car industry.

Sadly, the idea isn't so much a new car design as something in one of these categories:

  • Mobility
  • Connectivity
  • Sustainability
  • Marketing and communications
  • Customer experience

However, with a bit of imagination, we reckon you could still crowbar The Homer into one of those sections (side note: that episode is 26 years old, which means it's too old to enter the competition).

The winner gets an oddly-specific cash prize of £9,000, plus six months' work experience split between Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Horiba Mira.

The award's been running since 2009, with past contestants going on to bright careers in the car business: 2011 runner-up Katie Jones works as a Colour and Materials Designer at Jaguar Land Rover, 2012 finalist Jonathan Maynard is a Lead Engineer at Aston Martin, and 2012 winner Roberto Antonio Pace is a Design Engineer at McLaren.

If you're youthful enough and have a non-terrible idea you want to enter (BUBBLE DOMES), you've got until 5pm on the 29th of August. Good luck, homie.

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