Race To The Death - Artwork
The worst disaster in motorsport history. That’s how the 1955 Le Mans 24-hour race will always be recalled.
Not many will remember Mike Hawthorn’s skillful driving that day; only the sudden manoeuvre that led to the cause of the crash. Few will remember the victory being the Jaguar D-Type’s first big win; only that the race prompted Mercedes-Benz to retire from motor racing until 1989. And no-one will remember the many moments of brilliance around the circuit in those 24 hours; only the scores of lives lost.
The disaster stunned the world and led to some countries banning motor racing altogether – the crash was directly in front of a densely packed crowd protected by nothing more than a few hay bales. Our artwork depicts Hawthorn’s winning number-6 D-Type powering towards the stretch of track where it all went wrong…
magic behind our work
Research and Concept
Every image created is based on a real-life historic event. To ensure accuracy, extensive research is carried out to piece together every last detail. In-house concept artists, then, work up several visual ideas – using different views, settings, and perspectives – before a final design is settled upon.
3D Modelling and 3D scanning
Once the concept is established, a 3D model is created using computer-generated imagery. Studying every piece of reference material available, Automobilists’ artists, then, digitally rebuild the vehicle from scratch, slowly constructing layer upon layer with painstaking detail – even down to the last coat of paint.
With pre-production complete, it’s time to go on-location and start shooting photographs. This stage can last for several days and involves crews of up to 70 people, depending on the concept. The highest grade of professional equipment is used to ensure the highest quality and resolution images, and extensively detailed sets are also built when required.
The last step in the production process involves consolidating the digital assets to form the final artwork. In this phase, the 3D elements are rendered with the photoshoot imagery, and to this composite, additional elements – such as light, smoke, shadows, dirt, flames, and weather – are added, to bring the piece to life. Only with these details included it is time to print and frame.