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Revised Model 3 concept clay model (unofficial)

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Sunlight, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. Sunlight

    Sunlight Member

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    #1 Sunlight, Oct 8, 2014
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    So after a whole bunch of work, here is my iteration on my orignal
    design – a Mk 2 in essence....

    You need to have read the “Proposed Model 3 concept clay model
    (unofficial)” topic to get all the background to this thread!

    Side view low.red. P.jpg

    Due to my working methods, I have to have a concept in my head and
    I only see if it works when it is finally sprayed so this is far from
    definitive. I have incorporated many of the helpful comments and some
    further ideas. It is, however, only another interpretation of the
    basic 'architecture' as detailed before.

    Again I would be interested in (constructive!) comments..... I
    have done it in red this time to try to show contrast better but it
    made the photographs far more difficult and I'm not really happy with
    them so bear with me on that score.
    Side high.red 2.JPG

    The main developments are:-

    Climbing swage line running around the nose as well;
    More front wheelarch definition;
    Reduced bonnet slope (as commented on by a few) bigger frunk!;
    More front definition/attitude;
    Revised Tesla 'face' with a vestigal hint of the current MS/MX
    faux grille;
    Thinner and more sweeping headlights (bit Ferrari-esque);
    Slightly increased wedge for the windows;
    Developed rear end with reduced and tidied up diffuser;
    Black cab accent (this is very optional and was tried to see how
    it works – the roof could easily be colour coded as in the previous
    model – which looks better? This is certainly eye-catching!);
    Body creases on the front and rear wheel arches (mimics the MS at
    the rear)
    Front wheel arch vents in the wing panel with 'strake' design (bit
    of 'aggression'?)

    Front red outside.jpg

    I would like to still change the following:-

    Round the rear end in plan (as commented by others – it is too
    flat) Would also benefit the look and operation of the diffuser.

    Improve the front valance intake openings – touch of the Jag
    F-Type maybe!

    General detailing at the lower front

    It still lacks detailing which would make a big difference!
    Especially the lights which need to look like jewels. And finer
    chromework around glazing; grilles; lights etc.

    Rear low red outside.jpg


    Making the Tesla face exquisite (and a work of art) would add a
    lot. I would imagine the rear running lights to be LEDs around the
    diffuser shape!!
    Rear three quarters.red outside.jpg

    Rear diffuser.red.jpg

    That's all for now, folks! Comments welcome...........

    Or complete with pepper-pot aero wheels................

    Side high.red.aero 3.JPG.jpg


    Or the full Monty...............

    Side high.red.aero 2JPG.jpg
     

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  2. StephenM

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    Kudos to the amount of detail and work you put into this project! The aerodynamic profile does look like it would be an efficient one, though I wonder how cramped the interior would be with this roofline.
     
  3. Larry93428

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    The vestige of the nose cone is great. Tesla needs to keep a family resemblance.
    The badge on the grille reminds me of Alfa Romeo and I would try something else.
    The vertical shiny piece on the side really bothers me. Model S lack of superfluous stuff is so nice.
    Good Job.
    ~Larry
     
  4. Sunlight

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    StephenM - the roofline is actually quite a bit higher than the MS - particularly in the rear -as people complain about the MS headroom. I take it as a compliment that it 'looks low'!

    Larry I think the Telsa badge looks Alfa-ish as I did it in red 'for fun' - could be satin s/s or chrome instead. And I agree about the side strake.....But it does look cool on the Furtive...........maybe I just did it craply.....
    Furtive eGT.jpg
     
  5. ElSupreme

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    Mod Note: Changed the title of the thread from "M3" to "Model 3" to prevent any confusion with the BMW M3.
     
  6. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Looks great. Especially from the side. The back looks a little to vertical, almost like a Corvette but not bad. Great work.
     
  7. Iz

    Iz EVs are here to stay

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    Very nice. I would however opt out of "full Monty" wheel covers. Also, unless you have inside information from Tesla, my guess is the grille will be more similar to the current MS/MX.
     
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    Nice job, definatley looking better, colour looks good too.

    I would bring the rear window length back to where the rear side windows end so you have more metal on top of the trunk.
     
  9. Red Sage

    Red Sage The Cybernetic Samurai

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    I like it! The front end is better than your first iteration. The overall balance is very nice. The side vent may need a bit more work, perhaps a bit closer to a Corvette, and without the brightwork.
     
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    #10 MassModel3, Oct 10, 2014
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    I like it a lot better in color -- it looks good in red. I'm kinda up in the air on the silver side vents. Not sure I'm diggin' on the pizza pan wheel covers, though. I do think Tesla will keep the front grill at least somewhat resembling the Model S. And maybe a bit more rounding in the back, too. But over all, I definitely like the look.

    Oh, and I think it now needs to have that "D" on the back!

    BTW, I wanted to say... OMG, you must have the patience of a saint! I can't even imagine how much time and diligence must have gone into this, and in such intricate detail, too. Love it or hate it, viewers should be truly impressed at the end result.
     
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    I like it a lot except I'm really done with the air vent in front of the doors. Been done to death in the last decade. Was so cool and now it's beyond passe IMHO.
     
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    #12 tdelta1000, Oct 19, 2014
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    Great work on your Model III clay sample. Knowing Franz and the team it may look like at stretched version of this.

    Coventry_Degree_Show_01.JPG

    Or if anyone can zoom in on the pics in the upper left...maybe we will have a better idea.
     
  13. Sunlight

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    New Tesla 'face' for the Model 3 clay model (unofficial)

    Just been tidying up the model and incorporating some comments.

    Toned down the side strakes - looks better. Although they may be passe by now, they do benefit the aero so I've left them on.

    Also dropped the 'black top' - don't think it looked better than this normal version. Otherwise just general improvements all round and a respray (wish it shone like the other red concept model previously posted!)

    Main amendment is a revised Tesla face. Tesla badge the same colouring as the Tesla sign on the website (elsewhere too?) albeit in chrome/brushed s/s. Tried 'wings' on the badge and a ghosted echo of the previous MS and MX (?) faux grille. The infill can be body colour (as here) or whatever - darker body shade; gunmetal grey; black (gloss or satin)....

    Slimmed the lights down a bit - I like this look but the lights could be any shape really.

    Oh and I added whacking great big drilled discs and red calipers - looks better!

    Bear in mind this is a totally practical design - no concept liberties. It will look chunkier than an MS as it is shorter; taller and narrower and all the dimensions are realistic......

    I am pretty happy with it now although I could fiddle around forever!
    New Face - side low.jpg
    New face-Front three-quarters-high 2.jpg
    New front-high str on.jpg
    New face - med rear 3.jpg
     
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    Very well done! Yeah, I'd drive that. Gladly.
     
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    MassModel - thanks a stack - glad you like it.

    Note it is now a P60D..............!
     
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    Can I take it for a spin?
     
  17. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Glad to see that they are working hard to differentiate its styling from the big boys. Very imprint to not piss off all of us who plunked down so much for something unusual. Looks a little cheap to me, but I think that's the early stage models. Ultimately, I think the design looks derivative as opposed to new and cutting edge. But I dont mind.
     
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    Love it! Each iteration and evolution looks better than the last! I prefer the spoked wheels and open wheelwells than the disc hubcaps and fender skirts, but other than that, very sharp, contemporary and sporty-looking.
     
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    You do realize those pictures are a fan-created model, not anything official from Tesla, right?
     
  20. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I knew they weren't official but thought they were spy photos. Duh. Thanks for clarifying!
     

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