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Amanda Robles conditions and polishes the bright red finish on the front end of the concept car for this year's auto show. Work on the car is being completed in a warehouse that is part of Taylor Foam.  As part of the 2019 OKC Auto Show, organizers held a competition for the design and creation of a concept car, the first to be commissioned by an auto show. Robles is an artist with Taylor Foam.  [Jim Beckel photos/The Oklahoman]
Amanda Robles conditions and polishes the bright red finish on the front end of the concept car for this year's auto show. Work on the car is being completed in a warehouse that is part of Taylor Foam. As part of the 2019 OKC Auto Show, organizers held a competition for the design and creation of a concept car, the first to be commissioned by an auto show. Robles is an artist with Taylor Foam. [Jim Beckel photos/The Oklahoman]

The first concept car produced by an auto show will be on display this weekend at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

A race car design by Kip Kubisz won the Oklahoma City International Auto Show competition. A full-size model based on his creation was built with high-density foam, polyurea coating and auto body paint by local company Taylor Foam.

Kubisz said he feels honored that someone would be interested enough to produce a full-scale model of his concept.

"Since I've been drawing cars, it's kind of been a bucket list kind of thing for me to actually be able to walk around one of my 3-D models," said Kubisz, an artist from Lubbock, Texas. "I've spent thousands of hours looking at these things, but it's much different to actually see it at full size."

The Auto Show Alpha is a sleek design reminiscent of the Le Mans legend Porsche 917, with a central cockpit nestled between flared wheel wells. The comparison stops there.

In Kubisz's mind, the Alpha would be an all-electric or hybrid vehicle built with the latest technology in auto racing. It would be powered with a small turbine engine that would generate power for its four independent wheel motors. Each wheel would be hubless, and be controlled with a bank of electromagnets in the wheel well.

"With electricity powering that, you could use the electromagnetic power to get it going and for braking, as well," he said. "I've got a lot of concepts in my head of how the suspension would work, and how the power train would work, but those really aren't involved in this stage of the model. It's more of the exterior of the car so people can see the shape of the body."

Creating a concept car is half art, half science. Even though the Alpha is very artistic, Kubisz said, it could be a practical solution for racing.

"I'm not an engineer, but I know enough about general aerodynamics so I know what would work on a race car," he said. "There's no doubt about it that some of these things would have to be put into a wind tunnel of some sort to be fine-tuned to work on a race track, but in theory, the car would definitely perform."

Kubisz will be at the auto show this weekend along with his car. Also on display at the Fairground's Bennett Event Center will be 10 century-old cars provided by the Sooner Region Horseless Carriage Club of America.

Visitors can also see what a 1960s car show would have been like, with period-piece muscle cars, trucks and other vehicles parked alongside advertisements and stories from the era.

The Oklahoma City International Auto Show, which is produced by the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, will open its doors at 10 a.m. Friday and continue through Sunday afternoon.

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<strong>Jason Taylor, front, looks at the concept car for this year's auto show as Amanda Robles polishes the part of the car that will be the lower half and the front wheels on the car.  Taylor is vice-president of Taylor Foam, and Robles is an artist with the company.</strong>

Jason Taylor, front, looks at the concept car for this year's auto show as Amanda Robles polishes the part of the car that will be the lower half and the front wheels on the car. Taylor is vice-president of Taylor Foam, and Robles is an artist with the company.

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Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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