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Old 03-17-2003, 09:36 AM
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Z4 Design presentation by Anders Warming

Hi All -

At Tech Fest West 2003, Raffi and I (and maybe some others here) had a chance to attend Anders Warming's presentation on The Z4 Design. Very nicely done.

There were no handouts, just projection image, but he started with the earlist sketches and took us through some of the thought processes and evolution into the current form. Very helpful as far as giving insight into what you see going down the street as the production model.

Like I said, there were no handouts, but I will check with the committee and see if it would be possible to get a copy of it.
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He did that talk at HC '02.


I still don't like the looks of the car. The more I see it, the less I like it.
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yes i enjoyed the presentation at hc02 but nothing compares to these hips not even milla jovovich's hips
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Some things I thought were interesting about the presentation:

They design the body using silver usuallly and he said another group (I guess more fashion concious) picks the production color combos - so he had no answer for Urban Green - because somebody did ask about it.

He also made a lot of comments about large wheels and how they want to use large wheels. He made an interesting comment about wheel styles saying that a lot of sculpting and shaping in the wheels can make them look less serious. I sat there thinking about the 4 production wheels options for the Z4 scratching my head.
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The man did good. I was startled by how sleek the car looks on the road, and how good it looks in motion.

Not a followup to the Z3 at all - a completely different animal, stylisitically.

Did it sound like he intended the wheels to be less serious? They certainly are sculpted enough.
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Did it sound like he intended the wheels to be less serious? They certainly are sculpted enough.
He sounded like he prefers large, serious looking wheels (Again, I am not overstating how many times he mentioned large wheels). Maybe the factory's attempt to assist the after market wheel vendors. (j/k)

The early press photos I saw with the straight spoke wheel and fastening bolts I thought really looked great and gave the car a very serious look of a performer. Then when I saw the production options, I was thinking "WTH?"
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I COMPLETELY agree with the large wheels. It's weird to hear him say this. For me, the 3.0 sport wheels are the sole decision maker, pushing me over to the 3.0 If those wheels were on the 2.5, I'd buy that.
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He also commented on the use of Sterling Gray as the predominate initial color choice.

He says they usually design cars in silver - it shows all the body and seam lines. Black is good for using reflection for showing surface changes.

Sterling Gray was a color that they could get some of the effects of both.
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