Camouflage Techniques Revealed by Chevy Volt Engineers

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet's camouflage techniques.

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet’s camouflage techniques.

How much work goes into keeping a car’s design secret? As we learned at Hutch Chevrolet, quite a good amount! Before launching a new model, automakers need to validate it and its systems in public—but how to do that without prematurely revealing its appearance?

The engineers behind the 2016 Chevrolet Volt have revealed a few of the camouflage techniques they use to cover the car:

  • Bubble wrap. Many materials can be used as camouflage, like plastics, vinyl, and foam, but bubble wrap is the only one that is light, easily-attachable, and three-dimensional—important for confusing prying eyes.
  • 3D. Speaking of three-dimensional—engineers will also layer the camouflage, which throws off onlookers. However, they also have to be careful not to interrupt airflow.
  • Swirls. Old car camouflages relied on grid patterns, but they were too difficult to realign if a piece was removed to make a change to the car. Swirls do a much better job at hiding changes throughout the car’s development.
  • Black and white. The contrast between the shades creates shadows in places you wouldn’t expect on a car and hides design elements.

Now we are more excited than ever to see the 2016 Chevrolet Volt!