• Nov 27, 2007
From time to time we've all been tempted to purchase that fake diploma from the endlessly circulating email, right? The last time I checked, though, they weren't offering fake certificates from the Art Center College of Design, or the Academy of Art University. If you still held onto the dream of someday shaping cars, even after all your sketch pads had been confiscated, the normal path was that you'd go to an institution where you could learn industrial design through a rigorous academic program. That's the reason why those of us who continue to doodle four wheeled conveyances are reduced to sketching while on boring phone calls; to truly design real cars takes years of practice, hard work, and skill. Alternatively, you could drop a measly 20 bucks and start computerating up some fun looking vehicles with Topics Entertainment's Sports Car Designer software.

In the end, it's still no replacement for learning to render a form on paper with perspective, shading and foreshortening; all those things that take years to develop skill with. From what we can see, you're limited to a profile view, but the options for body shape creation are wide ranging enough that you can whip up some interesting forms. We're not seeing a tremendous amount of variety or originality in the screenshots at the support website sportscardesigner.com, but for $20 at Best Buy what do you want, Cinema 4D? When you're done with your masterpiece of the moment, you can export it as a .jpg, or you can spit CAD data out so that another program might be able to stitch the entire car together for you in 3-D space. It's a fun way to divert some hours, and hey, it'll keep that eternally fidgeting car-crazy pre-teen quiet for the vast span of 15 minutes, at least.

Thanks for the tip, Larry!


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a bad timekiller during conference calls for $20 bucks. I'll check it out on my next visit to best buy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      beats my $35K a year for Cincinnati's transportation design program, though I'm learning a ton, haha.

      UC's design program >*

      and still we never get any love, come on Autoblog, show us the love!
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's no use for this. The perfect car has already been designed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:The_Homer_by_Carlos_Bisquertt.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is great!! Now some of the folks who regularly hate on amateur car designs will show us all how they are so much more talented, right?

      ......

      Right????
      • 7 Years Ago
      My 6 year old will love this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I took an evening intro to trans design class at the Art Center for fun. i got a C, i guess it's not a class that is meant to be taken for fun, haha. fun class nonetheless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What an awesome concept and a cool stocking stuffer for Christmas :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Send one or two Subaru's way, too, while you are at it. :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any chance someone will be giving these to the designers at Subaru?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just bought a few copies and sent them to FoMoCo design Dept..... can't hurt, right ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i really think i want this.
      could be a lot of fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I could have sworn this exact same game was available years ago.

      http://free-game-downloads.mosw.com/abandonware/pc/simulations/games_c/car_builder.html