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!

2014 Chevrolet Volt Earned a Top Safety Pick+

2014 Chevrolet Volt

In a recent round of crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Chevrolet Volt earned a Top Safety Pick+, and was the only small car out of 12 tested to earn the award.

Most of the small cars performed poorly in the small overlap front crash test; however, the Volt earned a Top Safety Pick+ by receiving an acceptable score in the challenging test.

“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research, in a statement. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”

In the small overlap front crash test, the IIHS monitors six categories. The Volt earned the top “good” rating in four of the six categories, with an “acceptable” rating in the Structure and Restraints & Kinematics categories. This gave the Volt an overall “acceptable” rating for the test.

In the four other tests, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints & seats, the Volt scored the top “good” rating.

If you’re looking for a small car that will not only keep you safe, but will save you cash at the pump, then the 2014 Chevrolet Volt is the car for you. It is available today at Hutch Chevrolet.