Former BMW head of design Chris Bangle has released a novel, and along with it a drawing contest to win a trip to his studio in Italy.
It comes as no surprise that the novel is about transportation vehicles, but this is a fictional novel, titled "Peter Teufel: A Tale of Car Design in 3 Parts." Bangle utilizes a fictional setting and character to explore 3 main topics: the secret to 'true car design' in the past, the 'twisted reality' of car design as it has become today, and the inevitable consequences the current reality will have on the future.
The prologue of the book describes six types of vehicles, of which Bangle invites readers to submit drawings [contest details
]. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Chris Bangle Associates (CBA) studios in Italy or €2,000. Ten other winners will have their designs showcased on the studio's website
and published in the second edition of the book.
Chris Bangle worked as head of design at BMW for 17 years before leaving in 2009 to start his own design studio, Chris Bangle Associates
. Prior to BMW, Bangle spent time at Opel and Fiat.
During his time, he was one of the most controversial and well known designers in the automotive industry. Many of the designs from his BMW days remain controversial and much discussed to this day. He oversaw the design of the current and previous generation 7 series (E65, F01), three generations of 3 series (E36, E46, E90) and 5 series (in particular the E60), the launch of the X5, X3, X6, 1 Series, Z4, and the revival of the 6 Series and MINI.