For the fourth film in the Transformers movie franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction; director Michael Bay demanded a series of extensive modifications to the Bumblebee Camaro, the movie's biggest star.
Okay, maybe Megan Fox is the better known star of the series, but she's not in this one. The Bumblebee Camaro remains a steady constant, getting more awesome with every sequel. In this one, the car gets edgier, and more aggressive, modified with features not seen on the road today.
Changes were deliberated by director Michael Bay, GM's Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn and the GM North Hollywood Advanced Design Centre. Revisions took a month to redesign, and an additional three months to build. Chevy Sonics, which appear in the film too, also received revisions including 300 hp engines, widened stances, and full roll cages.
The Bumblebee Camaro has been transformed for the newest Transformers movie. It's sporting a bunch of design changes, to help it fight alongside Optimus Prime and the other Autobots. The Bumblebee is still based on a 2014 Camaro SS. It's stance is two inches wider on each side, making it appear more aggressive. Other changes affected the lamps, front fascia, rocker panels, spoiler, exhaust and rear lower diffuser. Special attention was paid to the car's hood.
"We had a much subtler hood and they went with a little bit more aggressive hood. Ed went back and forth with them and we ended up with something that I think was a really good, strong hood but not too over the top," said Frank Saucedo, from the GM North Hollywood Advanced Design Centre who added that the Camaro is basically a stock car on the inside. "On camera, I think it's going to read pretty well."
Saucedo had some great news for Bumblebee fans. "[Everything] we did mechanically is stuff you can buy from a parts bin in our aftermarket stuff from the dealer," he said. "I believe all of it is available now." It's now possible for anyone to modify their Camaro and own a Bumblebee rendition.
The release of Transformers IV coincides with GM's launch of 6 models in China, where the movie franchise is a huge hit. The automaker is hoping that the flick will help to jumpstart sales in that country. More than 70 percent of Camaros sold in China are purchased in the same bright yellow colour as Bumblebee. That number is only 5 percent in the U.S.
Two Camaros were built for the movie. There is no word yet as to whether any of the new design features will make their way to future Camaro production.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca