Autemo Virtual Tuning World Rendering Champs

Results of the Autemo World Champs Back last January we were intrigued by a very special new service offered by Australia based website

Winning render by Team Belgium

Results of the Autemo World Champs

Back last January we were intrigued by a very special new service offered by Australia based website Autemo.com . They gather artists from around the globe whose calling in life is to transform ordinary car images into extraordinary renditions. They don’t take prisoners in this game; if you want just a wheel change, they’ll be hankering to do a full body swop. A subtle lip spoiler? Nah, fire breathing tailpipes and outrageous slats, vents, not to mention assault helicopters plus strafing SWAT team, is more their battlefield. This transformation is what they term a “chop”.

Main attraction for the artists is to join like minded people, show off their skills and earn some money in the process. Ultimate ambition, though, is to end up designing cars for manufacturers and body modders. Autemo funnels work to their flock by being the meeting point for industry and artists.

With 1760 artists vying for attention, Autemo organised a world rendering challenge to sort the men from the, errrr, lesser photoshop-men. National pride was at stake too as members were sorted into teams by country. 4 rounds, plus quarter, semis and final would decide which of 35 participating countries prevailed. Judging was ultra democratic, with the entire community eligible to vote for each round.


Worthy winning entries based on Lotus Elise
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Adrian Von Hooydonk talks to YW about colours in car design

Continuing our quest for the truth about yellow cars, we interview BMW chief designer Adrian Von Hooydonk What do colours mean to car designers? We cornered BMW chief of design Adrian Von Hooydonk, to ask him this very question. As a yellow themed website, we were interested to see if the design and shape of […]

Continuing our quest for the truth about yellow cars, we interview BMW chief designer Adrian Von Hooydonk

Adrian Von Hooydonk

What do colours mean to car designers? We cornered BMW chief of design Adrian Von Hooydonk, to ask him this very question. As a yellow themed website, we were interested to see if the design and shape of a car influenced acceptable colours. There are very very few BMWs and Mercs in yellow, yet quite a few Minis and Lambos. So over to you Adrian !

What does yellow in car design mean?
Are there any production yellow cars in the BMW range?
Yellow is quite a flat colour, so how does that affect design and shape?
Have you ever owned a yellow car?
Do you like yellow cars?
Do you agree with Tiff Needell that yellow cars should only ever be small and that Ferraris should never be yellow !?

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In conclusion Adrian is a fan of yellow cars. It’s an emotional colour which they use on some production Minis. When it comes to shape, there’s a big difference between using metallic or straight paint, and yellow suits strong shapes.


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