some like it soft

Ultima GTR Based Sports Car, Rear End Sketch

A friend of mine (Roman Skokov) suggested I should try one of these rear themes (Theme B) with softer shapes so it works better with the original car.
So I gave it a little try and here is a small sketch as a study. Couldn’t be asked to put any colour though….

ABC Easy as One, two, three …

ABC
Easy as
One, two, three
Or simple as
Do re mi
ABC, one, two, three, baby, you and me girl! ….🎵 🎶

Just like the Jacksons 5, the question we have here is ABC or 1, 2, 3….
Did this little page of thumbnail sketches for myself a few months back while having the morning coffee just to summerise some of the themes on the concept so far, but I guess there are cool features in each of them.
As much as I hate doing rendirings, I guess I have to colour some of these sketches to see which ones are worth developing further…

Ultima GTR theme page

Ultima GTR design reference

flight mode ✈️

I hardly had any time to post recently, but here is another small batch of sketches based around the Ultima One-Off vechile. Indeed some of them were done on the plane on the way to Italy.

Ultima GTR One-Off sketch

Ultima GTR One-Off sketch

Ultima GTR One-Off sketch

Ultima GTR One-Off sketch

I still can’t quite decide whether this “thing” should be more racy witn wings…ducts, dive planes etc, or it should be more clean and simple…. Hmmm….meditate on this I will!

keep them rolling

Ultima GTR pen sketchAs you’ve probably noticed lately, sketching racy custom made Ultimas could be quite intriguing. A few nice themes are starting to emerge..
For now though, here is a pen sketch, which I am planning to colour up and give it some “bling” when time allows..
Really keen on the rear by the way….

EIDO Concept: Episode IV – The Inside Matters!

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It was about time to post some updates on the EIDO Concept. Since leaving the Design Studio of Aston Martin, I finally have some time to look back at my own design projects.

First of all, me and Peter had to put a stop on the exterior design development. We have some thinking to do before we go back and continue with the exterior. All this is due to the strange and unusual layout/specs of the car. The front mounted internal combustion engine working on liquid hydrogen and powering the front wheels plus electric motors aiding the rear wheels combined with the 3 seater layout, make it quite a challenge in terms of “engineering” (please excuse me for using this word so freely). There is no point of playing with the exterior of the car at the moment if the basic internal structure hasn’t been resolved. Since the goal of the project is to develop a highly-detailed design of a vehicle with the above mentioned challenges, I deem it to be a necessity to start developing the internal structure first.

To mention a few things we’ve been thinking on: The internal combustion engine working on liquid hydrogen will be front mounted. However I think the best solution so far is not to use anything larger than V6 cyl engine due to size restrictions. The challenge here though is to squeeze a decent space for a gearbox since the mid-passenger (the driver) is sitting quite forward in the centre of the car and his feet may end-up being inside the gearbox. This is something we have to work on and may cause additional joggle with the layout.
The electric motor powering the rear wheels is at the back of the car – similar construction to the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell. The single Electric motor placed in the middle of the car, between the rear wheels (in plan view) will power the rear axle thanks to ordinary drive shafts. That’s a much better solution instead the in-wheel-motors that leave no space for proper sports car suspension and wheel design too. The electric motor will be managed by power electronics sitting behind it. The positioning of the batteries is not a huge issue, as this is a short-range conceptual vehicle and big bulky batteries are not considered.
As for the carbon fibre chassis – this will be shaped according to all those functional elements and more. For the moment I am pulling and stretching the carbon fibre chassis in Alias, making sure there is enough of space for all the passengers and mechanical components in the car. It is a lot of work but it’s cool and exciting!!!!

To summarise: what you can see from this post is the initial design of the carbon-fibre chassis. It will give you an idea of the internal structure & assembly of the car. There are also sketches showing first designs on the interior as well..

More updates to follow before Christmas!

any comments anyone?

miro

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EIDO Concept: Episode III – initial 3D development

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Back on it again!!!!! Recently me and Peter found couple of weekends to spend on this project and here are some screenshots and sketches of the initial Work-In-Progress on the EIDO Concept. We’re still pulling and stretching the wire in order to get the right proportions of the car, so everything is still considerably conceptual. Proper a-class surfacing will be done when the design freezes. There is sooo much work to be done on this project that it’s just incredible but spirit is up and we’re nearing 1% completion :) Thanks Peter!

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Maserati GT-Uno, the sketch page

Maserati GT-Uno

In search for exterior themes…
This is 3000px wide Photoshop digital canvas, sketched with 5px fine brush only on my Wacom Intuos – all in one layer. It took me 4 days to complete, working every day 1.5-2hrs after work…accompanied by a glass of red one of course :)