Keating Berus Supercar

The Keating Berus is the result of Keating Supercars obsessive search for perfection. Manufactured by hand and designed by a team of Elite Automotive and Motorsports Engineers, developing each of their cars to bespoke individual specification to give the Berus clients’ personality and style. The most advanced and futuristic materials such as Fiberlec has been used to enhance every aspect of the vehicle. The Berus has one of the lowest drag coefficients within the industry, cutting through the air with its sleek angelic curves, working within nature and moulding its beauty. Tailored to suit, Keating Supercars in collaboration with their partners produce some of the most powerful engines in the world, allowing their clients to release the “beast of an engine” when desired.


The Competition:

The competition is a chance for you to use your design skills and to solve a problem by designing parts which can only be crafted through 3D metal printing. The winning project will be 3D printed and will be used in the Keating Berus Supercar which will be launched at Autosport in January 2018.

Keating Supercars will award:

  1. £500 to 1St Place, the winner will have their design 3D printed.
  2. £150 to 2nd Place,
  3. £50 Amazon Voucher 3rd place


The Task:

To design a bionic “gear knob” and “indicator stalk” for the Keating Berus Supercar inspired by natural biology which can only be produced through 3D Printing.

  1. Indicative dimensions for the gear knob 50x50x70 (mm) with a grub screw on each side to connect gear lever
  2. Indicative dimensions for the Indicator Stalk 20x150x20  with 2 grub screws on each side to connect the existing stalk 

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Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies (Biomimicry Institute, 2017). Designers and engineers are constantly searching for inspiration to solve their problems. One source of inspiration that has been used for centuries is nature. This practice is often referred to as ‘biomimicry’; innovation inspired by nature (Volstad and Boks, 2012).

Sharks’ ability to glide through the water steadily inspired engineers to design wing tips on aeroplanes and rudders on boats, while the inspiration behind composite material (i.e. carbon fibre set in a resin) used in building race cars and aeroplanes comes from birds weaving their nests and covering them with mud and tree sap to make their homes.

Keating Berus is inspired by snakes and following the same theme in developing a response to the competition brief could be advised.


Competition rules and terms:

You are expected to submit an A2 poster (suitably prepared for exhibiting at the NCME Ground Floor exhibition area) presenting your design as well as supporting electronic document for your 3D design suitable for 3D printing (STL or otherwise SolidWorks native file).

  • Your entries to be submitted to Nooshin Akrami at X1-02 (NCME Building) by 11 December 2017.
  • Results to be presented after the Christmas Break W/C 01/01/2018.
  • You will be sent communication accordingly to be invited to attend the prize giving.



Volstad, N. L. and Boks, C. (2012), On the use of Biomimicry as a Useful Tool for the Industrial Designer. Sust. Dev., 20: 189–199. doi: 10.1002/sd.1535