Technic compact supercar inspired by pony cars, the Mustang in particular.
About this creation
Earlier this year I presented a compact chassis with full suspension (independent front, live axle rear), V8 engine, 4-speed gearbox and rear wheel drive. Besides a functioning steering wheel there is also the possibility of using HOG. See more here .
Why it took so long to get the body done was that besides having to wait for certain elements, designing an aesthetically pleasing model was a big challenge. The wheels and chassis configuration did not suit well for a sporty supercar, but were instead more appropriate for some kind of muscle/ pony car. Different than super sportscars, those vehicles do not have features like integrated bumpers, wedged front-ends, diffusers, side skirts and spoilers, but are quite boxy although sophisticated. To replicate this refinement in Technic made this model the hardest one I have designed so far. Only to get the wheel arches just right took me hours. Also I used a lot of half module offsets to get a smooth transition between surfaces. Some people who build Technic do not care much about aesthetics, however I actually believe that only doing the mechanics is really just half of the work. Merging engineering and aesthetics is to me the ultimate challenge.
To still give the model some kind of sporty image, it needed to have a fastback. (Yes, that's how it's called literary.) Some bright "gills" on the side give away that this car has a more powerful engine under the hood.
The agressive front-end with the bumper sticking out. Notice the raster on the grill, through which you can see the big flying wheel/ vent for cooling.
Not in some fancy way, but still everything opens, including hood, doors and trunk.
When everything is closed, the bright yellow lines continue all the way from the front to the rear, again emphasizing the sporty image.
Now it's time to unveil a bit more of the back. No big and fancy spoiler this time.
Actually without a spoiler it's much harder to design a nice looking "ass". It was for me one of the hardest parts that took most time to get right. However in the end I think it turned out to be my favourite part. Just look at that rear-end shine like on a real car!
And yes, it really is based on the same chassis I presented earlier on. Here's proof by showing the bottom. It has been redesigned though, and cleaned up quite a bit.
For those people interested, I have now created full, high quality instructions on how to build this model.
Considering the work involved I ask a small fee for support.
Further info can be found here
Some teasers of the instructions:
Very nice car. Very nice indeed...
I do agree with you that making a car working technically is only half the job finished. The best models I came across (many from you) do feature also a superb body work. Something that is for me also very hard to creat especially when the finished model is supposed to be feather light (like my RC Formula X car that ended up still short over 1000 gramms).
By far, the best car I've seen. Very cool. So compact, so beautiful. I love the rear axle and everything else. Common 62x 20 wheels make me hope to create something similar without buying other sets or pieces...thank you
Hi Nathanael as promised I am back for a second look. I can see from the chassis that this is very sturdy, which is more of a challenge with ‘new’ technic. I particularly like the rear live axle pivot points. I also really like the way everything opens in a non “fancy way”, I am not a fan of power functions or over complicated functions. I am itching to show my new Technic ‘skills’ but it won’t be a patch on this masterpiece. Oh I have responded to your comment on my bull.
I just love this MOC !!!!! The looks and proportions are out standing.
I agree on that mechanical features plus aesthetics really are the ultimate
challenge and on this case this is accomplished at it´s best !!!
Truly amazing work CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!
Oh my oh my this is absolutely fantastic. It’s your mocs that got me building again and this one is another excellent piece of work. The shape is lovely and the technical functions are fantastic. I will be back for another look – so much to take onboard
That's one dangerous looking sport car there. Color scheme is just as it should be. It tells you it's aggressive and will kick road's ass. One other detail - I don't know if anyone noticed but back lights are done very stylich with that orange 1x1 trans round plate
Very nice! Great job with the styling!! Check out my 13 stud Technic PF car if you have the time: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/325597
Perhaps you can try building a Technic PF car at this scale (that is, if you haven't done so already).
I love the compact chassis, but I also agree with how important you think the aesthetics are. It is great that you take the time to make your designs look as good as they possibly can..
Fantastic!!! Looks greate and beautiful engineering too. This is seems to be used by pices from normal technic sets that exist in the market recently. I had not interested in recently technic products due to their pices are included but , I was wrong. This car shows to me normal technic pices can become the excellent special creation, if their through by your hands! I love this car and it give to me lots of inspiration too.
Superb! Perfect bodywork for a perfect chassis! Now add it to CUUSOO, I will definately support it as I want one! I like the way you left a gap in the bonnet so you can see the engine. And the hints of yellow really make this look like it's a high powered pony. The back is also my favourite part. Stunning work Nathanael!
Wow, this entirely proves your unbeatable skills when it comes to Technic models! I consider the body very nice, but if I think about all the great features you managed to pack inside I can't say anything other than EXCELLENT.
The only comment I have is that the big space between the seats looks... unsual, but I guess I know the reason behind it :-)
Nat, your really deserve more: my very best wishes for your career. MZ