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Before this digital threedimensional record emerges, an entirely free-form process occurs that has as much to do with art and sculpture as it does engineering and electronics. Design manager Crispin Marshfield explains that the 48-month process “starts with free-form sketching” and becomes progressively more precise, sometimes spectacularly so, as those sketches and the hardware that they imply become a full-size car.
“We select two or three designs for 3D data measuring and clay modelling,” he says. “The 3D moves to full-size clay and is refined, a two-year process that might challenge the hard points. We make three full-size models.” Once a design is chosen, it’s shared with engineering and the hard work begins.
“My role is to protect the design,” continues Marshfield. “We do regular surface scans, which result in a detailed model. It’s a 12 to 13-month process that also yields the car’s dimensions and package proportions.”
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Blake adds that the visualisation room is used as a forum for the details. “You’ve got to have process control, otherwise it would be anarchy,” he says.
It took 22 months for an accurate, full-size representation of a Bentayga to emerge, this being the physical master created from a virtual model that’s continually updated. But where do you start? “You chunk the car down into zones: the doors, bonnet, boot, centre console, instrument panel, seats, front end, rear end and sides,” says Blake.
“Then it becomes manageable. “The process and technology are being refined; we’re using a more modern tool now than we used on the Bentayga. It can simulate going out into an urban scene, and it’s getting quicker. An immersive experience is next, with headsets.”
But whatever the technology, the examples you see here illustrate the huge collaborative, highly detailed and rhythmically orchestrated effort needed to produce a luxury car.
Areas that posed a particular challenge on the Bentayga