Updated: February 27, 2013 12:03PM
Shane Harbour, 29, has had a love for cars since childhood. His mother, Debra Harbour, of Gary, recalls her son not only playing with toy cars and trucks as a child, he built cars out of Legos.
“As a toddler and over the years, Shane was always coloring, drawing and building cars and trucks. He is a great guy with a love for God and this is his gift from God,” she said.
Born in Merrillville but reared in Gary until he was 5 years old, Harbour is a senior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. His original major was transportation design until he was one of 12 out of 60 students selected to move to automotive design in his junior year.
Harbour’s concept design of a Hyundai Genesis Coupe was displayed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The model is one-fifth the size of an actual Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Harbour created his concept as a sports car.
Harbour said the concept design was created last semester and the project was sponsored by Hyundai.
“I envisioned the design to be 25 years after the assigned model year of 2025. My Hyundai sports car has completely flexible tires without rims and there aren’t any gaps between the body of the car and the tires,” he said.
He added that his interest in cars had nothing to do with men’s typical love for cars. “I was fed up with how cars look,” he said.
Harbour said students have their concept design cars on display at the college. His Hyundai Genesis Coupe sports car concept caught the attention of students, faculty and Hyundai representatives and it resulted in being featured at the Auto Show.
Harbour added that each semester there’s a new concept design car project with a new sponsor. He is currently working on a project sponsored by Ford.
“We just move right on to the next project,” he said.
Harbour’s future goal is to build the foundation of a career as an automotive designer in the next five years.