4 figures from the design of a SEAT Ateca: 1,400 days and 5,000 pounds of clay to create a car

how Long does it take to design a car? The design and development process of a car in an area of extremely important and interesting, often unknown. A theme that in motor we have discussed at length, with our most recent experiences traveling to Sunderland to learn the process of development and production of the Nissan Qashqai, and Rüsselsheim (to the headquarters of Opel) to learn how to create a prototype. Today I’ll talk about the design of the SEAT Ateca, and figures as impressive as the day it takes to design a SEAT, or the pounds of clay that are invested in the process. A good way to whet the appetite for the information that we will publish in the next few days about the SUV Spanish. A SEAT Ateca that we will test in the next few days.

1. ¿How long it takes to design a car?.

So you manufacture a car: the day I came of a Nissan Qashqai

The figures that we provided SEAT are not very different from what we had already known from other manufacturers, and other products, such as the Nissan Qashqai, rival natural SEAT Ateca. Since I made the first sketches and begins to outline how it will be in the car, until you see on the street, will spend more than 4 years.

SEAT points to an average figure very concrete: 1,400 days. Think that in that process takes place in a decision making process that will define how it will finally be the product. Usually part of ideas, often vague, and daring, in which is defined, according to recognized responsible for Interior Design of SEAT, “what we would like to do”, to create finally a photo almost definitive of how will be the product.


2. More than 1,000 sketches.

In the age of information, of the powerful design tools in modern, traditional models, the paper, and the pen, are still essential for most designers. Remember that in the development of a car, according to SEAT, can be made more than 1,000 sketches. As we had many designers, the paper and the pen will continue to be a very powerful tool and versatile for your work, that always accompanies you in your pocket, in and out of the office.

In any case, in recent times, the computational tools have greatly facilitated the work of the creation of these sketches, using tools more powerful and versatile than start with a design in two dimensions, and allow you to later create a three-dimensional design, using a CAD tool.


3. Nothing more and nothing less than 5,000 kilos of clay.

will Likely be one of the aspects that most impress the layman. In the studies of design, in the XXI century, there is no shortage of clay for modeling cars, with a palette and a knife in the hand, in scale models, and even to actual size, which is defined faithfully the final appearance of the vehicle. The design studies also tend to create clay models independent the famous clay model, for individual items, such as tires, wheels, or interior.

To design a vehicle like the SEAT Ateca employing more than 5,000 kilos of clay.


4. A total of 1,000 litres of paint.

when designing a car it is also extremely important to consider your color palette. In the development, working with parts in real materials, such as those used in the body of the car, fenders, or interior coverings, so that the appearance of the finish is as close as possible to the final result. Even the models of clay often decorated with paint finishes real, to better reflect the final look of the car. According to SEAT, used 1,000 litres of paint, and 100 different formulations, to create a palette of colors that initially will be limited to 12 tones.

Source: SEAT