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Initial concept drawings to determine the class of vehicle designed.
Refined initial concept drawings. Kei car class was determined as well as hatchback body type. (2nd stage)
As I'm working out the details on the front section of the vehicle I make a move toward less traditional looking headlamp designs.
2nd version of a refined concept drawing. Slightly modified from original front end after headlamp study. (3rd stage) Use of materials include marker, colored pencil and nupastel.
2nd version of a refined concept drawing. Slightly modified from original rear end after tail lamp study. (3rd stage) Use of materials include marker, colored pencil and nupastel.
Foam model and partical board base prior to applying clay
Early work on the 1/5 scale clay model. At this stage I noticed the design I had drawn would need to be revised. I attempted to improvise the form in a new way off the cuff.
To help me decide on which design I would prefer to refine I roughed in 2 different versions. One was aimed at a 2-3 year away release date vs a 5-10 year away release date (1st generation or 2nd generation appearance). I later decided upon the first generation because of its clean and simple lines.
This is the 2nd Generation attempt. I later decided it had less of an Iconic look as the other side as well as many unresolved lines. (3/4 view)
After not feeling satisfied with the 2nd version I continued to refine the form. Version 3 - Front 3/4 rough. When deciding which one to mold I determined this to be a bit too radical. It had far too much refinement process left as well as making the design language consistent within the time allotted.
Version 3 - Rear 3/4 rough
Version 1 refinement of surface, DLO, and smaller details
The clay is roughed out to mirror version 1 by eye using the grid.
Final clay form (version 1) molded in 6 pieces using burlap embedded Ultra Cal. Clay model covered in Vaseline to assist in release of mold.
Final Piece to the mold has the name of the vehicle as well as signatures from all who helped me mold and move it.
Removing the Ultra Cal mold
Fiber-glassing over the Ultra cal mold using a sealing and release agent as a barrier.
After all the pieces were released and trimmed resin was applied to the inside of the model after duck taping the pieces together.
Sanding and applying Bondo to the imperfections of the molded pieces
Before Molding the 3D Printed Wheel in GI-1000 to more easily replicate 4 wheels for a lower modeling cost.
Carving out Excess Material from the molded Smooth-On wheels.
Vehicle Color Sprayed for the body color. Tape indicating DLO paint placement - Thanks to Valspar and House of Kolor for the Donated Paint
Thanks to Valspar and House of Kolor for the Donated Paint and to my instructor David Pence for helping apply the paint with the use of his personal equipment.
Final 1/5 Scale Model of the Mazda RK-1
Final mixed medium rendering on canson paper.
1/5 Scale Model Facelift - This photo taken was altered to show what the car would look look like with the door cut lines, front air dam and exhaust.
Final Interior rendering of the Mazda RK-1. (traditional materials used include nupastel, colored pencil, prismacolor marker and pen.)
Interior Design - Console/Dashboard color/layout test
Interior Design - Interior floor and backdrop color/layout test
Interior Design - Trunk color/layout test
Interior Design - Door panel color/layout test
Mesh seat color test
Working through the design of the motorcycle inspired tachometer that will sit front and center to the driver in the vehicle.
Working through the idea for a mesh bucket seat to reduce the use of polyurethane foam.
Keeping with the minimalist feel of a sport bike I decided the relocation of the lights and wiper controls to 11:00 and 1:00 on the steering wheel. The idea that they would stay out of the way in normal driving but be readily accessible when needed. (since these aren't usually accessed in the middle of a turn. The left stalk remains on the steering column for indicating direction as well as accessing the high beams by moving it front, back, or side to side.
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Mazda RK-1

The Mazda RK-1 is a Kei class car designed from 2008-2009. Sticking to the perimeters of the class I envisioned a revival of the sporty kei car in a country (USA) that is embracing smaller vehicles more and more. The name is a reflection of the car itself, it is a Rotary powered, rear wheel drive, Kei car in its 1st generation.

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Emma Hover
Industrial Designer Greenville, SC