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Did You Know We “Camouflaged” a Racecar?

When Cadillac reentered the race scene, a prototype was created to test new features. But how were they going to keep this new design “hidden” while testing in Daytona? They sought out the help from Shadow Graphix, out of Indianapolis, to help conceal their prototype in a “camouflage” wrap. With the help of Shadow Graphix designer, Jason Burgess, they did just that. Jason’s work however, wasn’t just any ordinary camouflage wrap. It was actually quite unique. So unique that when viewed at the right angles it appeared as though the body of the car had ducts and louvres. But in reality these features were not on the prototype at all.

An example of this illusion can be seen below on the nose of the car where there appears to be a duct in the design of the bodywork.

Another example of this feature can be viewed on the side of the car. As seen in the photo below Jason created four horizontal louvres in the car’s wrap. To the surprise of many these louvres were nowhere to be found in the actual bodywork of the car.

So how was this look achieved? Due to manufactures wanting to keep as many features as possible hidden from the public on tested prototypes, Jason needed to come up with a unique design for the vehicle’s wrap.  By adding lines and illusions to key areas it makes it appear as though there are details in the bodywork itself.

Why is it so important to these car manufacturers to keep it all a big secret? In the race industry these manufactures find it important to keep new designs hidden from the public eye to ensure that none of their successful design features can be leaked to other manufactures.

Shadow Graphix was also honored to wrap the final product, which would be raced by Wayne Taylor Racing, in its racing decals. To read more about this car and the work that Shadow Graphix has done, read our previous blog.