RYFT.co

RYFT is an aftermarket car company based in Las Vegas, producing high-end exhaust systems, wheels, and custom bodykits for a variety of supercars.

Since August 2019, I have been working as one of their lead designers, designing, sketching, rendering, and modeling kits of different varieties. Some current projects include:

 

Mclaren 720s Spider
Lamborghini Urus

*projects currently in works not available due to non-disclosure agreement

MCLAREN 720s

This project was a complete kit, including custom Front Lip, Hood, Side Skirt, Spoiler, Wing, Rear Bumper and Diffuser. The instructions for this design was “OEM+”, designing a kit that appears to follow the forms/language/surfaces of the original manufacturer with an added dose of excitement. 

Initial Development

Beginning of the project involved lots of exploration of forms that best demonstrated our kit’s attitude and how it fits with the stock surfaces.

After two months of back and forth with the co-founders and engineering/prototyping team, we eventually settled on a design and began the modeling and cleanup of our first prototypes.

VR Visualisation

While using VR for design purposes was still a rather new subject, I made rough surfaces of my design proposals in Gravity Sketch. This also made early exploration much faster as explaining design in a virtual space was more easibly legible than 2D space.

SPLITTER | SKIRT | HOOD | ROOF SCOOP

DIFFUSER

WING

All Pieces

Custom pieces
Carbon Replacements

All pieces of the design were modeled in Blender, showing what to expect from the final design. It was then sent to the company’s visualization specialist for rendering and establishing the final look, while a prototype-ready copy was sent to the engineering crew for printing and resin casting to create the final carbon fiber pieces.

Prototyping

To be continued…

Following the reveal of a full Wide-Body kit, a Chassis-mounted Wing I designed should be revealed in the coming days.

Stay Tuned.

LAMBORGHINI URUS

This project was a simple kit, including custom Front Chin, Spoiler, Roof SpoilerDiffuser Extension. As this was my first assignment from RYFT, the instructions for this design was for light changes to the base design, adding some slight modifications to existing and extra pieces.

Initial Development

Beginning of the project involved sketching simple design variations, taking different approaches to each component. 

After one month of back and forth with the co-founders and engineering/prototyping team, we eventually settled on a design and began the modeling and cleanup of our first prototypes.

All Pieces

Custom pieces

All pieces of the design were modeled in Blender, showing what to expect form the final design. It was then sent to the company’s visualization specialist for rendering and establishing the final look, while a prototype-ready copy was sent to the engineering crew for printing and resin casting to create the final carbon fiber pieces.

Prototyping

PHOTOSHOOT