Power Source by Guy Ceder. Ceder’s entry was the most future-forward of the Top 7, imagining a world where cars themselves become energy-generating power-sources. His device would take excess power and store it in a removable battery.

Judges praised it as a "great and relevant idea" that would fit clearly within Porsche’s existing product line-up.

The particularly liked the materials and tachometer display. "The idea is good with even many more uses that the description states," said Larson. "Though I know from experience that there’s not many hollow spaces in a 911."

Andy Logan’s Ski Helmet bore a striking resemblance to the orange 911, from 1963, which featured in our original inspiration slideshow.

Judges said that it "captures quickly and easily the essence of Porsche" and that it emphasizes the theme of speed, which makes brand sense.

The judges though were a bit confused by the asymmetry of the goggle frame finish.

"It incorporates detail and features from the F-model 911 (from 1964 to 1973) very well with out screaming it out," said Larson. "The forms are very well under control, as well as the cutlines and graphics. The spoiler has not only a visual but functional relationship."

Hair Dryer by Junggi Sung, which was meant to imitate the sound of a 911 revving.

The judges were thrilled with the originality of the concept. But they also pointed out a lack of functional details, such as a grip or a power-button.

But if those details were resolved, the judges said that Sung would be "onto something special."

Timo Urala’s Microhouse, which harked to the chrome styling and proportions of the earliest 911 models.

Judges appreciated that the design was "old school," but enlivened by it’s thoroughly modern context.

Judges said the concept spoke well to the Porsche audience, but thought the renderings could be stronger.

Larson in particular pointed out the importance of details. "I’d like to see two small improvements," he said. "Make it 30% bigger, and if your’e going to emulate the graphics of a 911, pay closer attention to the curves and tangency issues; it’s down to the millimeters, no geometrical radii are allowed!"

Pablo Eduardo Charosky’s Speaker was the most elegant of the many audio systems we received.

One judge called it a "very pretty project that I could see being manufactured by Porsche." Another noted, "The 911 innuendos are subtle, which is good. Maybe a better volume control would be something inspired from the interior, instead of the taillight band."

Allen Zadeh’s Ice Yacht.

One judged praised its attention to details. Another said it was "well on its way to being something great."

Still another noted that, "The associations are clear but are begging for refinements. There’s also some potential in the carbon parts. Check out a Formula One suspension!"

Keigo Harada’s Flashlight.

Judges liked the use of materials, and the form transition from round in the front to the badge shape in the back.

Larson thought the lamp could use a bit less of a direct relationship with the 911, and that it could instead indicate the form of a true lamp.

The Top 7 In Our Porsche Next Design Challenge

Among the 428 entries we received, here’s the very best of the best.

A couple months ago, when we embarked on the Porsche Next Design Challenge, we didn’t know what we’d get. And now we do. The Top 7 entries you see here impressed our judging panel with their imagination, beauty, and refinement. Which isn’t an easy task, given who our judges were: Jens Martin Skibsted, cofounder of the design firm KiBiSi as well as the high-end bike company Biomega; Dror Benshetrit, founder of Studio Dror, which has designed everything from luggage to sneakers to lounge chairs, for clients including Puma and Cappellini; and Grant Larson, Porsche’s exterior designer, who has been the mind behind Porsche’s most important brand extensions of the last two decades, the Boxster and Panamera, and has also led designers for the Carrera GT and the 911 Carrera and Turbo.

We went through a long, careful process to make sure that nothing was overlooked and that every entry got its due. From the initial 428 entries we received, we created a Top 25 after 3 rounds of winnowing. Then our judges went back and rated each entry in the Top 25 for beauty, functionality, originality, and how well they integrated the design language of Porsche. (They also left comments for each one, which you’ll find in the slide show captions above.) Finally, the Top 7 emerged from the vote tallies.

So here’s what’s next. Each one of the entries will get $1,500, and have three weeks to refine their designs, based on the feedback from the judges. Now’s their chance to rework all of the details that they rushed past during their initial sketching. Hopefully, here’s where these submissions will go from being concepts to full-blown designs. We’ll reveal those reworked entries on May 14, and then you all get to vote on your favorite. Finally, on May 21, the grand prize and people’s choice winners will be revealed. The grand prize winner gets their choice of a one-year lease on a 911, or $20,000. Our advice: Unless you really need the money, take the car!

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