The Speedhunters car culture program reached out to me towards the end of September for a livery re-fresh of their Need for Speed Porsche 911 RWB which had been on show previously at SEMA.
SEMA is the largest trade after market car show in the world and takes place every year in Las Vegas in November. The show is huge so its vital to create something that is a talking point so its remembered.
With the desire of a refresh and timescale our options were extremely limited. Speedhunters wanted to call out reference for the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally classing winning Porsche 911 of Herbert Linge and David Falke which carried the number ‘147’. While this was Red, the brief called for something Black, more sinister and ‘home-grown’ in appearance but with Rally influence.
Way back in early 2011, I was working on vehicle customisation for Need for Speed The Run. EA had managed to obtain the rights for the Porsche 918 RSR Concept car which had been previewed earlier that year.
Each car in-game has 2-3 levels of visual progression with a choice of colours at each level. I approached Porsche AG about creating some retro 917 liveries for the 918RSR given their heritage. It took a while but they eventually agreed to the three above, Hippy, Porsche Salzburg and the Pink Pig.
As Vehicle Styling Director for Need for Speed -The Run, Andy was asked to contribute a behind the scenes post for Speedhunters on how the Blackbox Car team creates a car for ‘The Run’ and how we can customise it. You can read the in-depth article here
During production of Need for Speed – The Run, Andy was asked to design a subtle, real world customised Shelby GT500 Super Snake, which would also feature on the cover of the game. Andy designed a subtle bodykit, new striping package with subtle NFS branding and choose HRE Wheels for this one-off car which recently made its debut.
Speedhunters’ Linhbergh takes a close look at this one of a kind Shelby, designed by Andy
Andy has been working on the video game, Need for Speed The Run over the last two year. The car features over 1800 car variations, which were customised by Andy and artist, Mike Hayes. Andy was also involved in many aspects of the vehicle production supporting the awesome Vehicle Team at Blackbox.
Here are a couple of videos from The Run. A number of articles will appear on Speedhunters overing the coming weeks and will be featured here.
Need for Speed The Run hits shelves during the week of November 14th
Paddy McGrath of PCMG has just published this awesome photo-shoot of the Team Schubert Need for Speed BMW Z4 GT3 at Silverstone. Paddy was the first photographer to shoot at the new Silverstone Wing Complex.
Based in the Republic of Ireland, Paddy is a total Petrolhead and also covers the British Isles. Hire him. You wont be disappointed.