Apple and ATI are sponsoring a competition encouraging young car designers in the US.

It's called the "Cosmic Blobs Blob Master design competition". MacNN reports that children are being asked to design the "next great car".

Children under 18 years old begin with a digital model of a car shell, which they then stretch and push into shape. Entries will be judged by Lotus engineers and prizes include iPods, Lotus merchandise and ATI cards.

The competition runs until October 15.