When they’re happy with it, they make a fiberglass mold of each body panel, so they can produce what they call an “inside-outside” model. At this point, they combine the, well, the inside and the outside to get a proper feel for how the proportions blend. You can be a consummate car guy and not know that the inside-outside model isn’t an actual car. [Author’s Note: I walked around it, I peered inside, and studied it intently, knowing it was the inside-outside model, and yeah, I was fooled. Kemal, Doyle and company: congrats, guys.]
From there, they make a “verification model” out of hard foam. It’s the real deal, the most accurate model that will be made. Every single team looks at it to, ahem, verify that it meets their standards. After that, it’s just a matter of fine-tuning minor pieces here and there, and on to production.
Note: At the time of publication, bits and pieces continue to evolve ahead of production.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He was first shocked, then unsurprised to realize how similar the car designing process is to the editing process. Follow him on Twitter, where he's definitely not artistic enough to make models.