How to design a rally car

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How to design a rally car
Rally cars serve as moving billboards for their drivers' sponsors. (Jason Smith/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

Rally cars, such as those used in NASCAR races, are the vehicles used in professional auto racing. They are custom-built to be driven at high speeds in as safe and reliable a manner as possible. Rally cars' exteriors are typically designed to serve as advertisements for their drivers' sponsors, or companies that fund his career and provide his equipment. Designers often use bright, bold colours to make their cars stand out on a racing track.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Coloured pencils

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    Obtain a photograph of the car's make, model, year and trim. Trace or sketch an outline of the car onto a piece of paper.

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    Discuss the car's design with the driver and his management team before you start. Some sponsors may have paid to have their logos displayed more prominently than others did on the car. You will to need consider this information to render an appropriate design. The driver may also have specific wishes for his car's design.

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    Select the colours for your car. Most rally cars are painted in bright colour combinations so that they stand out easily during a race. Popular colour combinations include red and yellow, blue and yellow, red and white and green and yellow. One colour should be dominant and the other should be used as an accent, usually for racing stripes on the sides of the car and blocks of colour on the car's bonnet. Choose which areas on your car will be which colour and shade them in using coloured pencils or write a note on the side of the drawing designating each area's colour.

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    Add the driver's insignia to the design. He likely has a racing number, which usually is displayed on the top and sides of the car. Some drivers have their names or other personal symbols on their cars. This insignia should be your accent colour.

  5. 5

    Include the car's make in a prominent colour. Car manufacturers are major sponsors because they provide the car itself and other auto equipment. Their logo should be large and in either your accent colour or its traditional colour.

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    Pencil the logos of the driver's remaining sponsors on the car. Be sure you have a complete list of them so none are left out. These logos are usually the smallest on the car but should still be legible from a distance so that crowds at racetracks can read them and so that they show up clearly in photographs of the car. Size the logos according to the financial information you obtained from the driver and his management team, and allocate prominent spots on the car for the top sponsors. Prominent spots include the hood, top of the car and car doors, with the bonnet usually reserved for the most generous sponsor. Sponsors may include auto-related companies, such as gasoline companies, but any company may sponsor a driver. Use their traditional logos in their original colours. For example, if UPS is a sponsor, use its traditional brown and yellow logo.

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