Audi has published some great photos showing the way from sketch to clay to concept of the Audi e-tron Spyder. A must see!
As Audi designer Frank Lamberty puts it, “We were constantly bouncing between two worlds like a ping-pong ball. On the one side was the elegant shape of speedboats. On the other was the radical world of naked bikes (motorcycles without full or partial fairings) or roadsters from the 1960s and 1970s. The Audi e-tron Spyder is the result of this inspiring convergence process and unites these two worlds.”
But the clay-carving process isn’t the beginning; it’s actually rather near the end. The whole thing started with 17 designers faced off to see whose take on the e-tron Spyder would be chosen as the concept design. From there it was pared down to four teams, which each got another two weeks to work on their ideas. The next step cuts it to just the final two designs, each built as a 3D data model. Finally, the winning design is chosen and work on the concept begins in earnest.