THE REMETZCAR SHOOTING BRAKE- Based on the Tesla Model S -
THE STORY BEHIND THE SHOOTING BRAKE
PART1 - HOW IT ALL BEGAN - its origins
With enthusiasm the future Shooting Brake owner de Raadt also encouraged other people with this concept. Huib de Vries, Entrepreneur in automotive marketing, events and communications and co-founder of Holy Cow, joined the project team as PR professional. And Niels van Roij, owner of Niels van Roij Design, an automotive design studio in London, started to work out the concept design in a few premium ideation sketches.
The best ideation sketch was chosen and with this being done project “SHOOTING BRAKE” was born at RemetzCar.
PART2 - HOW IT ALL PROCEEDED - the transition
During redesigning all constructional elements and difficulties that influence the overall design and create a challenge for making the final shooting brake will emerge. ll major structural parts are unaffected and crumple zones remain intact. During this proces the differences between the ideation sketches and a realistic design are being solved and elaborated in detail. De lines of the new shape become practical and it transformes into a real model of the shooting brake in the computer.
Next, molds are made with 3D software to really define the lines on the car, like the extended roof line, the special car windows and the opening angle of the custom tailgate. Through these molds the 'backbone' of the new model is being build. An essential element that works as a base point and reference framework during the entire building proces.
When all lines are set in place it's time for the constructional part. The interior of the Tesla Model S is being disassambled completely and the car is being prepared for the major conversion.
PART3 - HOW IT ALL IS MADE - the major conversion
It's a building process that starts rough and gradually becomes more refined, all done by hand using traditional methods. The body is build in multiple stages until the desired result is being achieved and we're completely satisfied about the final shape. Besides the shape of the new parts also function and ergonomics are taken into account. And to monitor the way our modifications affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle, we test it extensivly by using computer simulations.
Other adjustments that are nessecary, for example to the electronical wiring, interior parts, trim strips and headlining, follow hereafter. The shape of these parts are determined so later they will come together with the other parts. When the outer bodywork is ready, further surface preperation is next. The body passes through a rigorous inspection process and gets prepared for its new custom paint color, which we created together with the owner of the car.
Altogether, the entire building process takes a long time that includes many technical challenges. Knowhow and years of experience help us tackle these challenges and come up with a solution every time so also this RemetzCar Shooting Brake could become reality.
PART4 - HOW IT ALL IS MADE - the true transformation
The process of building up the car has began. At first all untouched parts like doors and door panels, front and rear bumper and all interior parts are placed back. The modified interior parts will be fitted again for examination, after which they're being upholstered and finished up.
In the meantime also the new windows are ready and the panoramic sunroof can be placed back in position and adjusted properly. The chrome mouldings finish off the roof part. The construction of the new tailgate with its spoiler and integrated window wiper and 3rd brakelight, also includes mounting the tail lights, the inner lining, reversing camera, wiring and all electronics. During this building process all parts that are custom made separately from one another come together again and form one whole. The placement of the specially designed back window rounds off the completely new tailgate.
One of the last few tasks to do is applying and polishing off the large chrome mouldings on each side of the car. During this stage it's also all about the details, like placing RemetzCar logos and door sills and doing the finishing touch that makes the transformation complete. After a final thorough inspection of every single part and the car as a whole, it's time to do test drives and a full cleanup and polishing job. Only when we've approved every single part of it and the car stands glowing in our workshop it will be released to the customer.
For anyone who's interested in the final result we keep it a surprise for a little bit longer. Have become curious? Then keep an eye on our Facebook page and the media. The Shooting Brake RemetzCar model SB will be launched next week.