To the steps of the elegant new Aston Martin takes much more resources than you can imagine.
If under the Christmas tree there are gifts, they are hard not to notice, as wrapped up in bright shiny packaging. Despite the speculation, it is unlikely you will probably know their contents until you unpack them on 1 January. And if you under your tree (if it is so big) happened to be a gift, wrapped in foil from Sam Holgate, then you are unlikely to know what’s inside as the whole world did not know until the premiere, as it looks really Aston Martin DBX.
When Holgate’s not busy developing such a machine as the last Vantage, he is responsible for camouflage “clothing” Aston Martin, the purpose of which is to disguise the appearance of the new model. Camouflage livery does not hide the existence of the new car, moreover, a bizarre black-and-white swirls or other more elaborate patterns, of course, is not difficult to notice, because it will clearly attract attention to the car. Why do it?
Blame the zebras. There is a theory that their black and white stripes have evolved to confuse predators who would be blinded by the jarring lines and could not understand in which direction the animal is moving. During the war, some participants painted battleships with bright stripes to confuse the enemy.
When the vehicle begins testing on the public, designers should recognize that you will see him, and the idea of camouflage film is the process of hiding details. It is not only that disclosure remained a surprise: the intellectual property on the key design features of the cars will be patented, so the company must keep those designs a secret until then, until the certification process will not be completed.
With the car DBX “it was obvious that this was our first SUV on the road,” says Holgate, and the packaging was “a great moving Billboard, showing us, our logo and even our partners. It’s all part of the expectations of construction.”
For the first time Aston Martin has used a custom camo, inspired by the old logo of the company on the last Vantage, and then switched with a black-and-white to bright green in the race version of the GTE. DBX got a new film in the style of tread off-road tires.
Holgate admits that in the design there is no exact science in addition to creating something with sharp edges and patterns that distort the true shape of the car. He is developing a film based on 2D images, sometimes finishing one 3D rendering as a proof of concept. After sticking the vinyl sheet on the car added partner logos and other design elements.
Aston Martin also uses the “more subtle” elements of physical masking, in the form of foam blocks attached to the car. The wrapper helps to hide the location of these elements. But there are some parts, such as grille or rear wing that you just can’t hide, so Holgate is not trying to do it.