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Design Your Own Scion FR-S, Win SEMA Trip

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On: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss

Design Your Own Scion FR-S, Win SEMA Trip

Apparently, California tuner Stillen wasn't paying attention when Aston Martin unveiled its DB9 1M. If it was, it would know that crowd sourcing a car design does not always end well. We suppose it probably already realizes the possibility for failure but is hoping its contest will turn out better. The contest offers amateur designers the opportunity to build their own body kit for the Scion FR-S.

Stillen isn't handing over full control; the contest only allows designers to work on the front lip, skirts and rear valence. Participants will download templates at the contest's website (stillen.com/frscontest), design their kit and send it back by August 14. Both hand-drawn and digital renderings are accepted. Multiple entries are allowed.

Stillen will pick out its five favorite designs and then put it to vote on Facebook. The winning design will be built and sold by Stillen. In addition to the "honor of having their design produced by Stillen," the winner will get a show ticket and two-night stay in Vegas for the SEMA unveiling later this year.

I gotta say: I just don't get the attraction of participating in crowd sourcing. Participants are basically doing work for the company and can expect little to nothing in return. Even if you win, you get two nights in a hotel room, and Stillen gets to make an indefinite amount of money selling your design - doesn't seem to equal out.

Having just been to Vegas, I can appreciate the value of a two-night stay there, but the "prize" doesn't even include airfare or transportation (or gambling/liquor money). Give me a piece of the profits you're pulling in off my work, then I'll buy my own Vegas trip.

I'm sure some people will have fun with the contest, though. Hit the link for more details.


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