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See Ford’s New ‘3D Brick’ Prototype Camouflage In Motion: Video

Ford recently showed off its latest camouflage pattern for prototype cars, a “3D Brick” print based on popular optical illusions found online, which the company feels confident should do a fair job at obscuring the details of unreleased cars from prying eyes.

Now, Ford Europe has released a new video that lets us see the fresh new camouflage print in motion, and lets us meet its creator: one Mr. Marco Porceddu, Vehicle Prototype Engineer. The tiny, individual brick cylinders that make up his camouflage print are each rendered to look three-dimensional with black, gray, and white shading, with the aim of fooling onlookers into seeing shapes that aren’t there, and ultimately hiding the look of the future vehicle.

After the design is finished on any of Ford’s prototype camouflage patterns, it’s printed on vinyl sheets that are “thinner than a human hair,” says Ford. “The lightweight foil adds no weight to the vehicle, and doesn’t interfere with functions, allowing for a more accurate vehicle test.” Then, pending some testing on a private Ford test track, the camouflage print is ready for deployment on prototype vehicles.

For more, check out the video above.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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