Aston Martin camouflage secrets revealedDecember 23, 2019
Disguising the chic new Aston Martin car takes a lot more resources than you could imagine.
If there are gifts under the Christmas tree, they are hard to miss, as they are wrapped in bright shiny packaging. Despite guesswork, you are unlikely to know their contents for sure until you unpack them on January 1st. And if under your tree (if it is so big) a gift wrapped in a film from Sam Holgate accidentally turned out to be, then you are unlikely to know what is inside, as the whole world did not know until the premiere, what Aston Martin DBX actually looks like.
When Holgate is not busy developing machines such as the latest Vantage machines, he is responsible for the Aston Martin camouflage “clothing”, which aims to mask the look of the new model. Camouflage livery does not hide the existence of a new car, moreover, bizarre black and white curls or other increasingly brighter patterns, of course, will not be difficult to notice, because this will clearly draw attention to the car. Why do this?
The zebras are to blame. There is a theory that their black-and-white stripes developed to confuse predators who would be blinded by rattling lines and who could not understand in which direction the animal was moving. During the war, some participants painted battleships in bright stripes to confuse the enemy.
When a car begins to be tested in public, designers must admit that they will see it, and the idea of camouflage film is to hide the details. It is not only about disclosure being a surprise: the intellectual property of key design features of automobiles will be patented, so firms must keep these designs secret until the certification process is finally completed.
With the DBX, “it was obvious that it was our first SUV on the road,” says Holgate, and the packaging became “a great moving billboard showing us, our logo, and even our partners.” This is all part of the expectation of construction. ”
Aston Martin first applied custom-made camouflage, inspired by the company’s old logo, at the latest Vantage, and then switched from black and white to bright green in the GTE racing version. DBX received a new film in the style of the tread of an off-road tire.
Holgate admits that there is no exact science in design other than creating something with sharp edges and patterns that distort the true shape of the car. He develops a film based on 2D images, sometimes ending with a single 3D rendering as proof of concept. After gluing vinyl sheets onto the car, partner logos and other design elements are added.
Aston Martin also uses “thinner” physical masking elements in the form of foam blocks attached to the car. A wrapper helps hide the location of these elements. But there are some details, such as the grille or the rear wing, which are simply impossible to hide, so Holgate is not trying to do this.
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