Side view silhouette is meant ot echo the key lines and proportions of the original. Details such as the slats over the front wheels have been simplified and stylised, but are still present. windscreen and side windows have been combined to form a simpler wrap-around visor graphic.
Getting the nose to feel right took the longest. I wanted it to feel very modern and decluttered - and as flat to the tyre tops as possible to minimise frontal area - but without losing the character of the original 917, which had quite pronounced curvaceous arches. . I think this just about gets away with it - although I reckon theres a whole load more exploring still to be had!
I'm really enjoying learing how to render in vRED - although much of what I'm achieving is still a series of happy accidents - if I'm being honest. This reverse angle shot works nicely because of the light on the far-side being reflected in the glass and bodywork. The nearside bodywork aero recess disappearing into darkness also helps accentuate the form - and shows off bodyside light I'd positioned above the racing numbers - as per the original 917k.
For me, the rear wheel spat works OK - and helps keep the bodyside clean and sleek. The wheel-cover splitline echoes the original arch-line of the 917 - so hopefully I'm not too far wide of the mark to offend the purists too much . . . .
. . . . . . view of the car as seen from the winners podium?
Gratuitous fan shot. Yeah - the original 917K "only" had one fan . . so I figured any worthy sucessor would have to go at least one better . . . I was originally wanting to do this thing as a purely electric concept - but that would have implied ditching the Gulf Oil livery, which I wasn't prepared to do. Who knows . . maybe Gulf are about to get heavily into Electric Vehicle Technologies? Fingers crossed - it'd be nice to keep seeing Blue and Orange racing wedges on the race tracks of the future, rather than being destined to become nostalgic museum pieces . . .
When you're inventing your own future racecar, you also get to invent the Team. For those of you who maybe don't know, Michael Delaney was the lead character played by Steve McQueen in the film 'LeMans' - who drove 917's for a living. The second Michael really needs no introduction whatsoever - my thoughts and best wishes remain with him and his family. https://www.keepfighting.ms/
I've always been a sucker for tracking down a good set of reference elevations whenever I'm developing a new concept - it's always useful to be able to compare sizes and proportions versus existing proven vehicles. If anyone fancies having a go modelling their own Endurance Racer, feel free to use these views and dimensions as a start-point. Cheers!. M
Yeah . . just some of the development "out-takes" and also-rans I've been wrestling with over the past few months to reach this point in the story..