We’ll start at the front of the car, with the headlights. Have you ever noticed the intricately detailed logo inside your headlights?
Truth be told, this serves to make it impossible for aftermarket producers to copy the lights, so the manufacturer gets more profit when you need new lights, but there’s no such profiteering from this:
The Ford GT40 100th anniversary edition. See if you can find the “100”….
….yup, in those sexy lights.
These cool light designs brings me nicely to the shark hidden in your glovebox! Well, if you drive a Vauxhall /Opel Corsa. Cool right? (I’ll wait here while you go check if you have one…)
A Vauxhall designer was dared to get a doodle of a shark into the interior, assuming it wouldn’t reach production. Clearly, it did.
The shark has no significance or purpose. It was simply never removed from the original design!
Here’s another interior gem…
This is the interior of a PAGAni ZOnda C12S, a supercar which could be yours for a cool £256,000
If you like that cluster, but not the price, save yourself £250, 000 and get an early Lancia Ypilson…
They’re the same! Perhaps a time saving exercise, as let’s face it, you’re not going to be buying your first Zonda because you like it’s unique instrument cluster design – a lazy designer at work.
On time saving designs, observe, the BMW mini exhaust trim…
You may recognize this, its basically a can. When the car was first proposed to the board, the designer realised he had forgotten to show a mock up of the exhaust trim on his scale model…with no time to spare, he used a can from his desk to show how it would look, and hey presto.
The designers at mini can’t be accused of time cutting though, they are true design gurus, as they have used a lot of very funky techniques to capture the cheeky character of the original.
Here are the interiors of the older and newer generation mini, in each of them, the mini logo is hidden in and around the air controls.
Just like Zorro, the designer of Nissan’s Z cars is keen to leave his Z mark, easily distinguished in the headlights and taillights of the cars.
Similarly, those guys at BMW again finding a way to put a Big Z on the side of the Z4…
Now you’ve seen it you won’t miss it, but can you see the 4 !?
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Author: Tony B