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!