Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 "VOLTZWAGEN" e-Golf! "the Zippy Car"

Here is the 2015 VW e-Golf, an ALL-ELECTRIC VW with LED headlights, 'C' shaped day time running lights, aero alloy wheels EPA rate 116mpge and an average range between 70-95 miles.
Ok, so the car doesn't come like this, but I couldn't help myself, and this time I went beyond photoshop and actually made the custom vinyl myself.

I used my wife's paper crafting cutter to cut out the fender decals out of 3M 1080 Cosmic Blue and Metallic Silver. Created the graphic in illustrator after a rough tape version I made to get the size and angle correct.

 I also wrapped the underside of the rear spoiler gloss black like the GTI. Then I had the roof wrapped in gloss black and the mirrors in cosmic blue by VinylStyles in San Carlos.

There is still one more piece to do and that is a cosmic blue stripe just under the door opening to help ground the car a bit. Debating getting the Eibach sport lowering springs to drop it a bit. In addition to these exterior touches I also added the metal pedals and dead pedal, LED bulbs in the rear lights and power folding mirrors.

       As far as the experience of switching to an all-electric car after coming from a GTI and R32, I gotta say that it's pretty darn FUN!! Sure it's not as 'sporty' due to the low rolling resistance tires, but the power delivery is quite addictive with 200ftlbs of torque at any point it takes off quicker than a GTI from 0 and since it has no transmission it just keeps pulling without hesitation and even stranger, without much sound. So much so my boys call it "the zippy car"!

      Eco wise is very efficient even in it's full power 'normal' mode averaging over 4.2mpkwh on my daily commute and that's without any sort of sacrifice of driving style. So I can whoomp on it and just use the brake regen modes wisely and still get 4+ mpkwh. Yes going uphill drops that pretty quickly, but going down brings it right back up. It also is way more responsive than a Nissan Leaf which to me felt squishy and soft in pedal feel and is plain ugly. The Fiat 500e was also fun, but way too small for our family. The BMW i3 was more powerful and futuristic, but also weird for no reason and $15,000 more for the same range performance.... and kinda ugly too. The e-Golf also offers more modes than all the other EV's out there including a coast mode (D) that's turns off the regen completely, as well as 3 increasing levels (D1, D2, D3) and a 'Brake' mode (B) that is strong enough it makes the brake lights come on as soon as you lift your foot off the accelerator.
     In all I gotta say that this will not be my last electric car, in fact it may be the first of a long line of nothing but electric cars in my future. I choose to lease the e-Golf in hopes that Tesla would have their cheaper Model III ready, but I'm not holding my breath at this point since the Model X still has yet to appear and the gigafactory has barely been started.
     So for now I must commend VW for such a fun and sensible electric car that ticks all the right boxes and still makes driving a fun event! And I don't miss having to stop at a gas station!!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Possible next car the All Electric 2015 VW e-Golf

With a few personal touches….

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Auction for Robbie Edwards

A great ILM model maker I've worked with recently had a debilitating stroke right after his insurance expired, leaving him and his family with a huge medical and care bill. The good folks at 32Ten have put together a great auction that will be filled with Star Wars items and other art from various artist. JAEGERTECH has joined the auction with these 3 images that will be sold separately, framed and signed by Alex Jaeger. Along with 5 sets of 1st generation JAEGERTECH design prints originally made only for comic con. I've also donated 2 Star Wars episode 3 sketches I did for the interior design of the blockade runner.
Feel free to donate now or join the auction fun on-line starting Sept 10th!
click here to go the site

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NBM 2's FRS-XX drivers

here's a crop of one of my final images for Nuthin' But Mech Vol 2!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Nuthin' But Mech Vol 2 is SO close!

Be sure to pick up your copy soon or pre order it now for late June!
And see the new full color versions of the latest JAEGERTECH mechs!
The FRS-XX racing mech and the S.A.R.X Search and Rescue drone!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

JAEGERTECH featured on Gizmodo's new SPLOID site!

check it out! And big thanks to Jesus Diaz for the cool write up!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dressed in (Keyshot)Black

Playing with the JAEGERTECH FRS-XX in Keyshot. Only had a few hours to play with it so far, but thought I'd share some early images. Still messing with it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Transformers 4 new trailer

Here's the new full trailer for Transformers 4, a project I am currently VFX Art Director on.
and here's the new poster I also worked on:)

Monday, February 3, 2014

New Superbowl trailers of 2 of the projects I've been working on.

First there's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, of which I did some VFX art direction and concept art for...

and then there's Transformers 4: Age of Extinction which I am currently VFX Art Director on. This is my 4th Transformers film and 6th or 7th Michael Bay film since being VFX Art Director on Pearl Harbor. He keeps us busy!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Some of my work on Pacific Rim featured in!

Several of the behind the scenes videos have been surfacing online this week. There's this one from WIRED that focuses on the building of the Jaegers.
      And there's a second one that features the all digital Hong Kong we had to build in order to accomplish the big city fight in the film.

     Although the film was massively overlooked (snubbed if you will) by the Academy, it's up for the BAFTA's for best Visual Effects and several nominations by the Visual Effects Society (VES) including my self for the category of best models in a motion picture. This is my third nomination by the VES and if we win would be my second award.
     I would like to congratulate fellow ILMer's Tim Alexander for his nomination for The Lone Ranger VFX and Roger Guyett and Pat Tubach for Star Trek: Into Darkness VFX. Good luck, it's a tough year for this category!

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