For some people things are never good enough.
Pity the car designer. They slave to produce concept sketches, fight with the competition to get them accepted then resist the attempts of mean-minded production engineers and cost accountants to dilute the design until, finally, their original idea is presented in the showroom in an approximation of a certain percentage of its original glory. You might think that, at last, they could rest and draw some contentment as the children of their imagination begin to populate the roads. Yet no, their problems have only started.
For, if it isn’t enough to see their cars filled with humanity in all its ugliness, rather than the idealised figures of their concepts, and if they can bear the sight of road dirt accumulating on all those well thought out creases and curves, there is worse to come. With total disregard for the credentials of a graduate of Pasadena ArtCenter or an engineer who has presented 5 papers on The Secondary Thermodynamics Of Combustion Chambers, the tweakers and modifiers can’t wait to get to work. From rectifying the lack of carbon fibre cupholders, to improving longevity, performance, emissions and fuel economy with a chip fitted in just 5 minutes, the Aftermarket beckons.
What do we think of this? Is it an expression of personality to modify the appearance of your car, or just a waste of money? Does a backstreet engineer understand your motor better than the 1,793 graduates involved in its conception? DTW will find out. Or not.