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Nissan Terrano Turbo Pathfinder BMX TE37 Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Nissan Pathfinder / Terrano Turbo

Flag JapanNissan Pathfinder / Terrano Turbo

BRE inspired livery   |  Volk Rays TE37   |   BMX


Japanese Nostalgic Cars recent article about the resto-modded Acura SLX triggered all the right feelings. Classic body-on-frame 4×4 design, modern suspension and drivetrain plus all the amenities not available back in the days. A surefire recipe to get me interested. When JNC posed their question about the reader’s resomod SUV ideas, I booted photoshop and began dreaming. What I eventually came up with, is a more or less timeless Nissan Terrano WD21 with a lift kit and six-lug, off-road spec Volk Rays TE37 wheels, finished in gold and shod with Toyo tires. Most viewers will have recognized the color scheme of the livery instantly, but it has a twist to it. The colors from the famous \\ BRE \\ design have been inverted and instead of two stripes, there are three. Both Datsun 240Z and 510 Coupé had two side windows, so I decided to mimic the 4×4’s three windows in the livery design. Custom bumpers and a roof rack with a bicycle finish off the look.

Nissan Terrano Turbo Pathfinder BMX TE37 Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

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Mercedes-Benz W109 300 SEL 6.3 Dragster | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Mercedes-Benz W109 300 SEL 6.3 | Dragster

Mercedes-Benz W109 300 SEL 6.3 | Dragster

2019.09   |   Photoshop Chops   |   Dragster Conversion


“Länge läuft”

This is a German expression about cars with a long wheelbase being superior at high speed driving on the Autobahn. This concept also applies to dragsters, even though the acceleration run ends at a the 1/4 mile marker, where the fun on the German high speed road network begins.

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Porsche 928 LSR Bonneville Land Speed Record | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Porsche 928 LSR Shooting Break | Bonneville Land Speed Record

Flag GermanyPorsche 928 LSR Shooting Break | Bonneville Land Speed Record

2019.06   |   Photoshop Chop   |   Land Speed Record


The Porsche 928 is a grand tourer by definition and was never intended to be used for motorsports. Covering long distances at high speeds is what this vehicle feels most comfortable at.

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SAAB Sonett III Race Car | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

SAAB Sonett III Race Car

Flag SwedenSAAB Sonett III Race Car

 

Creating the Sonett I Roadster and the Sonett II Club Racer was tremendous fun and I wanted to add a SAAB Sonett III  the collection. Looking at the Sonett III pictures on my hard drive for many months, I struggled to come up with an idea for the conversion. The inspiration finally hit when I found a picture of an old Indy car. Why not convert the Sergio Coggiola and Gunnar A. Sjögren designed four cylinder “sportscar” into a beast with a compact V8? I set to work and came up with the idea of relocating the wheel arches in order to fit some mighty race car rubber under the widened fiberglass body while lowering the overall height. To increase strength, the quarter windows behind the doors have been eliminated and filled in. The rear fenders are re-sculpted and flow into the ducktail spoiler, providing much needed downforce along with the front spoiler. I really like the 1970’s chrome accents on the otherwise more 80’s looking body and kept most of them. The paint scheme is more 70’s orientated: the blue and yellow paint scheme resemble the colors of the Swedish flag and the shape of the yellow stripe mimics the silhouette of a classic glider plane, to add the aeronautics reference typical for SAAB vehicles.

SAAB Sonett III Race Car | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

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Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion

Bugatti EB100 Widebody Conversion

Some may say that bolt-on overfenders and widebody kits are a little played out now and I tend to agree somewhat. However – if applied to a platform that nobody has on the radar, there is still an element of surprise. I always had a love/hate relationship with the Bugatti EB110.

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Lamborghini LM002 4x4 Camper photoshop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Lamborghini LM002 4×4 Camper

Lamborghini LM002 4×4 Camper

After hooking up an Airstream caravan to a lowered Suzuki Jimny just for fun, I thought it’s time to post a project I’ve been working on for a long time: the Lamborghini LM002 4×4 camper conversion. Form follows function and therefore the design of the vehicle is rather architectural. The lines of the base vehicle are a good place to start, because there are virtually no curves. Getting the proportions right is always important, but functionality is the highest priority with such a project. My friend Martino Sifredi suggested to mimic the vent design in the windows, as seen in his sketch below, but in the end I decided against it and went with rectangular ones for practical reasons. The interior could be furnished to match the customers taste, either in a very minimalistic design to reflect the military origins of the LM002 or in splendid luxury like a Riva yacht. The 4×4 vehicles ability could take you where most campervans can’t go, although an engine swap might be a wise choice to improve the range, due to the thirst of the original V12 engine.

Lamborghini LM002 4x4 Camper photoshop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Toyota GR Supra A90 Targa | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Toyota GR Supra Targa (A90)

Flag JapanToyota GR Supra Targa (A90)

After teasing enthousiasts with prototypes for years, Toyota has finally reveiled the brand new GR Supra (A90) earlier this week.

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Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

2018 was a successful year for my photoshop blog VirtualModels. Many thanks to everybody for your support, encouraging words and great ideas for improvements.
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2018 war ein erfolgreiches Jahr für meinen Photoshop Blog VirtualModels. Herzlichen Dank an alle für Eure Unterstützung, ermunternde Worte und großartige Verbesserungsvorschläge.
Ich wünsche Euch allen Frohe Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!

Herzliche Grüße and yours sincerely – Sebastian Motsch

Merry Christmas to everybody! Frohe Weihnachten!

Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 Shooting Break Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 | Shooting Break Conversion

I really like the Mercedes-Benz SL R129 series. One day I wondered how a shooting break of this particular model would look like. Apart from the roof, nothing has been changed on the body. The car has been lowered and I added wheels from a V12 S-Class.

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Chrysler 300C SRT8 Coupé Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Chrysler 300C SRT8 | Coupé Conversion

A friend of mine built a scale model of a Chrysler 300C Coupé. This inspired me to create this virtual model when the SRT8 version was unveiled. The body has been cleaned, bigger wheels and exhaust tips have been added. Even though it might look like – but the roof is not chopped.

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Coupé Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Chrysler 300C UTE pick-up conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2006)

Chrysler 300C UTE | Pick-up Conversion

Flag USAChrysler 300C UTE | Pick-up Conversion

2011.01   |   Photoshop Chop   |   Conversion


Converting this Startech 300C was quite a lot of fun. Initially, I planned to enter it into a contest many years ago. I wanted to create something different, apart from the usual lowering, Lambo-style doors and wheel changes. The bold look of the vehicle inspired me to convert the 300C into a (mini)truck.

Chrysler 300C UTE pick-up conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2006)

Willys Jeep MB with Renault R4 body | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Willys MB Jeep with Renault R4 body

Flag FranceWillys MB Jeep with Renault R4 body

In June 2010 we took the scenic route through the Gorges du Tarn. Climbing out of the canyon and heading towards Le Puy, we drove past a service station somewhere in the rural Département Lozère.

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Toyota Tercel 4WD | Pick-up Conversion

Flag FranceToyota Tercel 4WD Pick-up Conversion

Because of a massive swell we couldn’t go surfing one day. Instead we opted to drive south and look for a nice café in Biarritz. Walking out on the pier of Capbreton in these weather conditions is always a weclome challenge and was rewarded with stunning pictures. Back on the mainland, we thought our eyes fooled us… but something was indeed missing  from the Toyota Tercel 4WD driving past.

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