CGI car photography has been the topic of some pretty heated debate over the past few years, with some artists claiming that it’s destroying the industry and others saying that it’s just another creative outlet.
But while there may be plenty of controversy surrounding it, we can all agree on one thing when it comes to CGI car photography – some of the most impressive artwork has been produced in this field!
Take a look at these 10 awesome examples of CGI car photography to see just how far this genre has come…and where it could go in the future!
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This CGI photo manipulation by Hector Serrano does a great job at creating depth and perspective in an already striking image.
The use of color (or lack thereof) makes for an intriguing composition, with smooth lines and muted tones that draw you into a peaceful view.
Of course, if you look closely enough, you’ll notice that there are no cars in the background, but rather they have been replaced by beautifully rendered trees and buildings. When you’re done gawking at all that beauty, move on to image number three!
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Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray
The iconic American muscle car has been given a complete revamp for its seventh generation. Although it remains recognizable, designers and engineers have developed a new chassis, new engine technology, and even an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Stingray is also fully loaded with features – it offers real leather seating, Bluetooth capability, and GM’s latest infotainment system on every model.
Coupled with an interior that’s been redesigned to accommodate 4 passengers in luxury rather than 2 in comfort, it looks like Corvette fans are going to love what 2022 brings.
Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe
Set for release in 2019, Mercedes-Benz’s AMG versions of its cars usually boast a more aggressive look and more power, so we’re expecting an E Class Coupe that looks like a beast and goes even faster than before.
We predict new engine options will include hybrid tech that’ll give it even better fuel economy and emissions than now. Plus, we think it’ll get a lighter chassis.
When all is said and done, we think you’ll find our selection of five examples of advanced CGI technology to be among the most beautiful you’ve ever seen.
Read on to see what they are! (Please note: Auto Evolution’s writers were responsible for describing how each photo was created.)
Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder
There’s nothing quite like a Lamborghini, which is why we were so excited to get behind its wheel at Circuit de la Sarthe.
Armed with 560 hp and a top speed of 198 mph, we barely had enough time to feel completely at home before our high-performance photoshoot called.
Sure, it’s not every day you can get behind the wheel of a supercar… but on days like these, you should treat yourself!
After all, with stellar CGI car photography like that, who wouldn’t want some eye candy while they drive?
Audi RS7 Sportback
Audi’s high-performance RS7 Sportback blends a stylish look with an imposing presence. The powerful, 2-door coupe has a long hood and compact greenhouse, which gives it an intimidating stance as you approach its wide rear fenders.
The RS7 Sportback was designed to look fast even when parked; its broad shoulders flare out dramatically at its rear haunches while angled vents in front give it a purposeful face.
Enthusiasts will appreciate the available 450 horsepower V8 engine, Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and seven-speed S Tronic transmission with launch control that allow drivers to achieve high performance on any terrain.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
If you’re going to make a CGI model, you might as well go for some style. This BMW M6 Gran Coupe is featured in a futuristic racing game with an excellent selection of cars.
The only thing that would have made it better would be including an interior shot (something they may have wanted to avoid since these models are still not perfect). In any case, great render!
Aston Martin Rapide AMR
A couple of years before it was released in 2014, Aston Martin designer Marek Reichman created a concept he called the Rapide AMR.
The combination of bold lines and a dark paint scheme gave it an almost sinister look that should have made it a hit with Hollywood directors, but Aston Martin didn’t go to production until several years later.
Thankfully, CGI artists were given free reign to make their own versions. And while some used existing Rapide models as a base (like High-Tech Automotive), many used only CGI tools.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
As a final look at CGI car photography in 2017, I wanted to share an image that really captures what is great about these types of photos: they can be real and imaginary at once.
That’s why we’re able to see such amazing detail in every panel and curve in a photo like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but also accept that it’s unlikely we’ll ever get to touch or drive a digital-only car like it.
In an industry that’s constantly evolving, these 10 photographs represent a pinnacle in car photography.
As the vehicle and product design continue to push its limits, so too will photographers be challenged to capture them.
In some cases, as seen above, creating the perfect shot is easier said than done. With that said though – we’re excited to see what else is in store for us next year!