Porsche Cayman Shooting Brake Fake +videoThu, 13 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0700
The fake Porsche Cayman Shooting Brake - rendered in Maya
Turns out that it was all a bit of viral fun created by Jared Holstein, the outgoing editor of TopGear.com. He came up with the idea and got a bunch of Summer Interns in the States to do the donkey work. A digital design student called Matt DuVall used Maya (a digital 3D rendering programme) to create the original image (actually, I’ve been trying to master Maya for ever – must get some tips from Matt!) which incorporated lots of Porsche design themes, and even used a Porsche ‘Mule’ license plate. They then dropped that image on to a background of a Brooklyn alley, degraded the image and shot it as if it were done on a mobile phone – together with some cheesy Italian music.
Once that was done and out there, another Summer Intern started posting in a Czech forum – in Czech – about the Cayman Shooting Brake and even added what appeared to be screen shots from a forthcoming version of the Forza Motorsport 3 video game. It all added credibility.
We had our doubts, but ultimately not enough to stop us running the story – albeit with a few caveats. Well done guys, you suckered a big chunk of the motoring press!
Source: NYT via Autoblog
By Cars UK