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Q & A with Jack Davies 

Jack Davies is a man with a passion for designing the most attractive supercars out on the streets. We were lucky enough to interview him about his career and passion.

LP760-4 Dragon Edition by Oakley Design
LP760-4 Dragon Edition by Oakley Design

 

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How did you get into automotive design?

Jack Davies:

From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a burning passion for art and also anything automotive. If it had 4 wheels and looked awesome, I loved it. Back when you’re too young to care much about aerodynamics, power to weight, understeer, economy. As I grew older I became much more adept with my artwork, eventually branching out into the digital art world. It was only a short time before my love of art and cars combined. I’d start with crazy mods. Paste some chrome rims on a Lamborghini and marvel at my creation in much the same way Professor Frankenstein doted on his beloved creature. From then on, my tastes refined, my skill set grew and I began to achieve my goals with each new render. At this point, confident in my abilities I contacted different tuners around the world by email, asking if they would be kind enough to take a look at my work and offer critique. One of the very few replies I received was from Jon Oakley (www.oakleydesign.eu) who not only informed me that he liked my work, but that he’d like to build it. That was 6 years ago and I’ve been the artistic eye behind the designs ever since.

 

 [quote align=”left” color=”#000000″]The thing I admire most about the automotive design community is the community itself.[/quote]

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What are your inspirations?

Jack Davies:

My inspiration comes from many places when working on a design. One of the most prominent being the free-flowing, yet sometimes harsh forms of nature. Rolling hills, the curvature of a tiger’s back at full sprint, the aggressive stance of an angry bull. One of my concepts based on a Ferrari 458 Italia chassis was heavily influenced not only by the things mentioned above, but personal favourite snapshots of other cars.

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Notio Velocitas

 

Note the Pagani Zonda R-esque front end, Aston Martin One-77 style headlight intakes, a hint of Reventon in the lights themselves. In reality, the car might very well be an aerodynamic mess but my goal was to flex my artistic muscles as opposed to designing the perfect supercar. Other inspiration comes in the form of fellow artists with whom I’ve grown alongside for quite a few years now. We keep each other going, share hints and tips, and offer critique. You make some great friends, and they keep you on your toes!

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What cars have you designed so far?

Jack Davies:

The designs of mine which have gone into production thus far are:

 

The Dragon Edition LP760-4

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The Carbon Edition SLS AMG

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The Oakley Design 458 Italia

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The Oakley Design Lamborghini Aventador LP-760 2

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And soon to be the not-as-of-yet named Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

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What is your creative process?

Jack Davies:

My creative process for producing the designs begins with taking a look at the base cars provided and imagining how they can be improved. Of course, supercars rarely need improvement and I certainly don’t want to butcher the looks with over the top modifications. That’s why you see the aforementioned cars with subtle lips, stylish wings, weight saving parts. I have enough of an idea about aerodynamics so that the steps between creating the image on my screen and it being built doesn’t involve a mind boggling amount of tweaking to achieve great performance. This came purely from trial and error, but you have to learn quickly. Once I know the direction I want to take the design, I’ll render them out in Photoshop. The techniques range from 3D models rendered and imported for the wheels, hand drawn kits, pasted and modified parts.

 [quote align=”right” color=”#000000″]I’d love to tackle LaFerrari purely for the challenge involved. It’s already borderline perfect so it would be a nice exercise.[/quote]

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Who do you admire in the automotive design community?

Jack Davies:

The thing I admire most about the automotive design community is the community itself. You meet some truly great people who you remain friends with for a long time. You share ideas, tips, laughter, goals. The bonds you form go deeper than images of pretty cars on your screen, and my dedicated community of choice containing all of the above is Autemo (www.autemo.com).


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Car you would love to make over but haven’t?

Jack Davies:

I’d love to tackle LaFerrari purely for the challenge involved. It’s already borderline perfect so it would be a nice exercise.

 

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Murcielago SV on HRE P45s, satin bronze wrap and carbon accessories.

 

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Favorite car of all time?

Jack Davies:

My favourite car of all time? That’s a tricky one. I have a love of a wide variety of models for their own unique reasons. A Lotus Exige for it’s British Heritage and astounding power to weight. The 458 Italia for it’s stunning good looks and impeccable handling. The McLaren MP4-12C for it’s engineering perfection. Ah, I could go on. If I had to choose one car to own… I would have to go with a TVR Sagaris. It’s an insane car. Ambitious, painfully complicated whilst at the same time amazingly simple. Crazy good looks, a deceased breed… Handling so bad I love it. It’s by far technically pristine, but that’s exactly why it takes first place for me.

 

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Favorite car you have designed?

Jack Davies:

My favourite design that has gone into production would have to be the Oakley Design 458 Italia. It was a lot of fun to work on, and I was lucky enough to spend 3 days with it at the Spa de Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. My favourite design which has remained in digital form? It would have to be my Concept mentioned near the beginning. It was a lot of fun to put together different parts in an almost crude way whilst trying to make the overall design nice to look at. Not everybody would agree that I accomplished the goal, but I’m personally happy with the outcome.

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