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Old 08-24-2013, 07:02 PM   #226
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Here's a preliminary top view. Not the most exciting view but part of the set of "views". Here I've drawn an idea I had for the hood vents. These are in black so they're visible but they could also be body colored. The idea here is these are normally closed and sealed so if the car is sitting in the rain, snow or being washed there's no issue of what to do with water going down into the engine compartment.

These would be controlled by the throttle so the more you push the throttle, the more they open up. At idle they can be either closed or barely open which is a programming option. I envision them being pulled down in the front to open up the engine bay for air pressure release and heat extraction. If you blip the throttle, they would open and close accordingly. They are controlled by the computer so they could also automatically close when it's raining or have the option of driver control where you simply either have them closed, or if going on the track you could have them stay full open.
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Here are 4 style variations for back ends.

Back A is basically the same as a previous design early in this thread. Back B has a style that echoes the front grill styling, and moves the backup lights down to the black bar that crosses the license plate area. Both A and B have smaller winglets and a wider trunk lid between them. A and B have the round tail lights inspired by the 1970 Camaro.

Back C changes the styling to thin and wide, and uses tail lights that are heritage inspired from the 67-69 years. The black bar with the reverse lights is separated by the license plate area. Back D is similar to C but removes the vertical center line in the tail lights to be slightly more modern yet still has heritage inspiration. The black bar goes right to the edge of the license plate area. Both C and D have wider winglets than A and B, and the trunk lid width is reduced accordingly.
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Getting down to cleaner and simpler. Got the perspective views of the new wheels done. For these two I actually lowered the top rear fender to smooth out the transition from front to back; going for the NASA/fighter jet look. On view D1 I put the arch back in the rear wheel well and moved up the side marker lights, CAMARO and red accent line appropriately. I also took out the front running light bars in the grill and made them round.

For view D2 it still has the previous version of the side except that I lowered the top rear fender like view D1. I experimented with some different elements in the front; I kept the stylized running lights in the upper grill but took out the bar lights in the brake cooling ducts and made the fog lights yellow.

Right now I'm kinda liking the front of D2 but with the rear wheel well and side of D1. The side of D1 has a heftier look to it.

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Revisions and variations. I've corrected several of the body lines based on the side view and made some variations. The winglets are now the correct height. I've added a beveled edge to the back "cutout". I changed the license plate area from a closed cutout to a cut "in" where it cuts in from the body starting at the bottom of the license plate recess.

I still have more work to do on body dimensions and look; doing top, side and back views lets you see issues with design, dimensions and placement that enable you to correct or redesign. That's all in the works.
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A little background philosophy behind the intentions and thinking of this design. I'm deliberately avoiding the Japanese anime, comic book, "extreme" movie car look. If you look at the concept cars from EVERY other company they're ALL doing that kind of look in their concept vehicles. The problem with that is, if EVERYBODY is trying to look extreme, nothing winds up looking extreme... too much "me too" going on so it quickly loses its impact and looks common, gets boring and is stamped all over with the word "trendy".

My intention is to consciously, deliberately avoid all that and design a car that #1, looks like an American design; not something from a foreign design studio, and #2, I want it to look like a Camaro... period. I want it to instantly have that identity recognition that when you see it on the road there's absolutely no mistake what you're looking at.

In order to do that there has to be some design/style elements carried over from the heritage styling. This means no exotic batman movie car gimmicks with ridiculously over-designed bulges, cutouts, fake scoops, etc. that have absolutely no real function.

The Camaro was always a clean design. Yes it had some "fake" elements like the gills on the side that weren't real and on the 5th gen, the mail slot in the front, but overall it was a clean design. My goal is to take that further and eliminate any fake vents, scoops, etc. so that if it's there, it's real and has a real function; so the side scoops are real and the hood vents are real and work. I'm deliberately going for that "clean" look which I feel is part of the Camaro heritage/identity. That's why I'm trying to keep the shapes and styling simple, pure and elegant. I want this design to still be beautiful 40 years from now; just like the heritage Camaros are today.

That's the reasoning behind this design and why I'm doing it. I criticized the Camaro design team for what they did on the refresh (which I still don't like) but I also wanted to put something on the table as a contribution to what I see as more or less a team effort. As far as I know the Camaro is about the only car/project that has such a great team that cares about it's customer base to the extent that they actually seek input/feedback and incorporate it into the Camaro; making it essentially a team effort between them and all of us. I think that's great and I don't want to just criticize without offering something positive and constructive to do my "part" of being on the team. Maybe that's being presumptuous on my part but that's my take on all of it.
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Here are 4 style variations for back ends.

Back A is basically the same as a previous design early in this thread. Back B has a style that echoes the front grill styling, and moves the backup lights down to the black bar that crosses the license plate area. Both A and B have smaller winglets and a wider trunk lid between them. A and B have the round tail lights inspired by the 1970 Camaro.

Back C changes the styling to thin and wide, and uses tail lights that are heritage inspired from the 67-69 years. The black bar with the reverse lights is separated by the license plate area. Back D is similar to C but removes the vertical center line in the tail lights to be slightly more modern yet still has heritage inspiration. The black bar goes right to the edge of the license plate area. Both C and D have wider winglets than A and B, and the trunk lid width is reduced accordingly.
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B baby uncle Bobby B. B is my favorite except with bigger winglets, it mimics the front somewhat and the reverse light indent will mimic the ss side.
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B baby uncle Bobby B. B is my favorite except with bigger winglets, it mimics the front somewhat and the reverse light indent will mimic the ss side.
A fan letter poured in! Okay, here ya go... B with bigger winglets, correct rear window size and other upgrades and corrections.
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If I had to pick a rear end...it would probably be C. None are really talking to me loudly though.

I just can't take the small round tail lights. Don't hate me lol. Maybe if they were bigger, and slightly offset.
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If I had to pick a rear end...it would probably be C. None are really talking to me loudly though.

I just can't take the small round tail lights. Don't hate me lol. Maybe if they were bigger, and slightly offset.
Another kinda/sorta fan letter pours in!

Alrighty then, how about a version of C?
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C looks OK, B is MUCH better!
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Since B seems to be getting more traction here's a variation with the red and orange lights switched and the red lights a bit bigger to follow the expanding line of the back. Yes? No? Maybe?
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Since B seems to be getting more traction here's a variation with the red and orange lights switched and the red lights a bit bigger to follow the expanding line of the back. Yes? No? Maybe?
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Looking good! Maybe make the lights one size bigger. Also the reverse light line, make it shorter from the license plate so the line is equal on both sides of the reverse light.
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Looking good! Maybe make the lights one size bigger. Also the reverse light line, make it shorter from the license plate so the line is equal on both sides of the reverse light.
Okay as per request B1c has your lights enlarged (expanded 5% bigger) and the reverse line is equal on both sides of the light.

B1b is a variation with the reverse line set to match the end of the drop area above. Both versions now have the gold Chevy logo since I know they'd insist on that even though I like the blue one better.
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Okay as per request B1c has your lights enlarged (expanded 5% bigger) and the reverse line is equal on both sides of the light.

B1b is a variation with the reverse line set to match the end of the drop area above. Both versions now have the gold Chevy logo since I know they'd insist on that even though I like the blue one better.
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I feel like the renders, I have seen have all been throwbacks to other cars that have already been on the market, or have been styled as such.
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I feel like the renders, I have seen have all been throwbacks to other cars that have already been on the market, or have been styled as such.
Well yeah since I'm pulling from a heritage that goes back 46 years there's going to be familiarities; that's intentional.

Do you want something that's never been remotely done by anyone anywhere from any car company? Considering the constraints on design; 4 wheels, 2 doors, 4 passengers, must meet legal requirements for crash safety, etc. and must look like a Camaro... it's extremely unlikely you're going to get the "never before seen" design. So many designers over the last 50 years have been working on concept cars that it's getting nearly impossible to come up with a design that doesn't have some kind of similarity to something done by someone at some time. That doesn't mean you can't come up with a good design, it just means there are probably going to be familiar elements in it you might have seen elsewhere. That's just the way it is.
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And now for something (mostly) completely different; no black out in the back! It also has a slightly different license plate recess.
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At first glance it seems kind of weird but for some strange reason I also kind of like it lol.
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More improvements and a variation on the back. I liked the new license plate recess so much better than the previous rectangle I incorporated it on all the views. I also widened the raised area below the Chevy logo which gives it a better visual balance. Views B1a and C2 have tail lights inspired by the 67-70 heritage styles. View D3 is something new but I think it makes the car look wider and a bit more aggressive while doing a better job of matching the styling in the front of the car.
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I like C2...reminds me of the 69 tail lights.
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