Happy end in the big DTM-Trophy design contest!
The 2017 DTM Championsgip Trophy - based on a design of young designer talent Erik Ulbricht - was handed over to DTM Champion René Rast on 15th October in a presentation ceremony at Hockenheim. In the run-up, Erik's design prevailed in the Facebook voting against more than 100 other contest entries. Following its complex production phase, the trophy now is standing where it was supposed to be: in the trophy cabinet of the Audi ace. Congratulations, Erik and René!
In the DTM season finale at Hockenheim, the sun was shining and the winner was beaming: DTM Champion René Rast was virtually over the moon. With 179 points on his tally, he pipped fellow Audi aces Ekström (176 points) and Green (173 points).
For young designer Erik, the final race weekend of the season, at Hockenheim, also meant a dream come true. The young designer was on the stage when DTM Champion René Rast triumphantly raised the 2017 trophy to the air.
STEP BY STEP TO THE MASTERPIECE!
Erik's design represented the basis for the 2017 DTM trophy. But how is a nice design turned into a masterful trophy? Let's take a look back at the production phase to explain the necessary steps. Have fun!
PHASE 1: CAD DATA PROCESSING
First of all, Erik's design had to be constructed and made ready for production by CAD specialists (CAD=computer-aided design) in 3D.
PHASE 2: CASTING AND CUTTING
In step two, the different components of the trophy were cast in silicone casting molds. Afterwards, the waste had to be removed, the edges to be defined and air bubbles to be mended. Then, the flash was removed from the workpices by scalpel.
PHASE 3: VARNISHING
The third phase was about varnishing. The different components all were furnished with matt two-component lacquer and vacuum vaporised. Depending on the version in the colours bronze, silver and - of course - gold.
PHASE 4: FINAL ASSEMBLY
During the final assembly, the components were stuck and bolted together. And the 2017 DTM trophy was ready.
The Trophy Designer
Erik Ulbricht is the winner of our great dtm cup design contest. The 22-year-old is studying product design in Hanover and has gas running in the blood. 13 years ago, he was on the track for the first time. The atmosphere at the lausitzring has immediately packed and shaped him. The DTM has not released him since and has turned to an integral part of his life. Congrats, Erik!
2nd and 3rd place
This cup design symbolizes the interplay between man and machine with two curved wings: the one needs the other to win.
The classic: The classic cup shape in the sense of a calyx has been reinterpreted and equipped with a ball as the most distinctive re-recognition feature on the previous years.
A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY
What a great season! A big thank you to all the contest participants, DTM drivers and fans as well as all the persons involved in the production of the trophies.