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Car designs are often released with little explanation about their appearance. Look below to view some of the reasoning behind the new Galatea design. Robert R. Fechtmann is credited with designing the new bodywork. It was created to look dramatically different from the original parts, while keeping a design unity with the parts that weren't replaced. The overall effect is a car that is more likely to be mistaken as an expensive and elegant “factory” car, instead of being recognized as an inexpensive car with a body kit. The clean styling and purposeful placement of creases and vents help reinforce this.

 

New Design

Original Design

1. One of the most obvious changes is a large lower grille on the new design compared to the upper and lower grille on the original car. The upper and lower grille configuration is common on many cars, and the small upper grille doesn't provide much function. It was replaced with a large lower grille more readily associated with other expensive sports car designs.

2. Another obvious change is the new vertically oriented headlight design compared with the horizontally-oriented headlights on the original car. The wrap- around horizontal headlamp style on the original car is more common, and arguably, less elegant than forward facing headlamps found on many sports cars.

3. This is where the upper grille used to be. Since the hood extends to fit flush with the bumper, the overall length of the hood and top bumper surface is about 6” longer. This adds to the “long hood, short deck” proportions associated with expensive front-engine GT cars.

4. Since the hood latch stays in the same place, a very unique cut line was made to keep the latch within a convenient reach. The semi-circle shape for the cut line was chosen because it repeats the shape of the center grille for an overall unity, and it is reminiscent of a nose cone on a jet fighter.

5. The shape of the emblem was also made to repeat the shape of the center grille, and the curvature of the hood cut line.

6. One cut line and three creases radiate from a single point on each side of the grille. This adds to the dynamic look, and provides a sense of movement even when the car is parked. The grille looks like it could be moving forward at speed.

7. The pillars on each side of the grille are made the right size to frame a front license plate if one is required. Many sports car designs do not attempt to integrate a front license plate, resulting in it being awkwardly placed.

8. The new fenders bow out more and have more curvature when seen from the front and top. This helps make the car appear wider from the front view. It also creates more of an hourglass shape from the top view, where the car looks pinched near the doors, and wider at the wheels. The wheel offset stays the same as before, because the fender bulges out more, but there is less of a lip around the wheels. This keeps the wheel arch in the same place as before.

 

Rear

1. Round recessed taillights were used to create more of an Italian coach built appearance.

2. A new panel replaces the original edge of the taillight, and the seam was filled to make the new taillight design appear more integrated.

3. The taillight covers are flush along the trunk lid instead of protruding outward on a different plane like the original taillights. This was done to simplify the styling and provide continuity of the rear surfaces.

4. The top of the rear end now contains edges where the taillights used to be rounded off. This helps add to the illusion of width because the edge creates a larger perimiter around the rear end.

5. The license plate surround originally was a rectangle cut into the rear bumper that allowed half of the plate to hang down. The new design has a more interesting angular frame to surround the plate completely.

6. A “Ribbon” crease runs from the top of the trunk lid, along the taillights, and down the side of the bumper. This is to create a tight frame around the rear end.

7. The ribbon crease also divides the bumper into two sections, making it appear shorter from the side, instead of being one long section. The goal was to make the rear end appear shorter to achieve the classic “long hood, short deck” proportions mentioned earlier.

New Design

Original Design

 

 

Many 3D model variations were developed on the computer, and rendered to view from many different angles. After analyzing what seemed like an infinite number of angles of the car, a final computer model was created. The wire frame model above contained the dimensions needed to build the prototype parts. The use of computer modeling when designing a body kit allows for plenty of opportunity to fine tune a design before the prototype is constructed.

 

 


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