The Art Of Automotive Mash-Ups

Hello again fellow Speedhunters! To follow up the recent article on the progress of my Kuda project, I’ve kindly been allowed to share some of my ideas for future projects with you.

Like most car people I know, I’ve always enjoyed daydreaming about cars and cooking up ‘what if’ scenarios in my head. Working as a concept designer and as someone who has always been sketching out ideas, realising them in visual form with modern tools like Photoshop and 3D software is a natural next step to take.


One of my favourite concepts of recent times is this – allow me to introduce the F132. The idea came to me while sketching in a meeting at Weta Workshop when we were working on early pre-production concept design for Mad Max 4 way back in early 2009. I’ve always loved the function-driven look of F1 cars and started sketching the aero onto the body of a ’32 Ford three-window coupe. It all seemed to work together surprisingly well – to me at least!


After occasionally playing with the idea in sketch form over a few years, I got a couple of basic 3D models of a Ford coupe and an F1 car off the internet and started to develop the concept in 3D. The paint scheme above is a homage to two of my favourite F1 car families: the MP4 Mclarens and the Ferraris of the early ’90s – in my opinion the best looking era of F1. I like the way the red and white over the nose of this design echoes the famous SO-CAL Speed Shop coupe, a further mixing of the two worlds.


The F132 would be designed in CAD first, and feature a chromoly space frame, carbon body panels, and custom-fabricated suspension and components. A six-speed sequential transaxle would send power to the massive Goodyear race slicks, and the mid-mounted engine would be a modern Chevrolet NASCAR V8, to mirror but amplify the Chevy small block traditionally found in many ’32 Ford hot rods. As this thing is pretty small (the roof is about 43 inches high) and because I felt it should be a two-seater to suit the hot rod roots, I’ve taken inspiration from the McLaren F1 road car and given the driver’s seat preference in the cabin, with a smaller custom-moulded seat tucked just behind and to the right. This way a passenger can fit in but driver ergonomics aren’t compromised. The slightly in-line cockpit configuration also matches the fighter-jet style F132 moniker nicely.

This thing would be a very serious build and involve a massive amount of time and support, but who knows what the future holds… But if the F132 is a little too much for my next build, what other ideas do I have?


This one is called the Syber 13, and is a crazy Gatebil-style Nissan Silvia built to four-wheel drift. It features a set-back Chevy LS V8 with twin superchargers and a custom four-wheel drive setup. The front blower is mounted backwards and has its internals reversed so air goes in the bottom, gets compressed, and comes out the top and into the second blower mounted normally on top of the motor. I think it makes for a mean-looking beast head poking through the hood, and should have the performance to back up the looks. The radiator is in the rear, fed by the roof-mounted scoop, so when the one-piece front is removed you’d get an uninterrupted view of the front blower on its cantilevered brackets, and also of the front transaxle, and custom-built and white-painted suspension and spaceframe. Maybe the four-wheel drive setup is from an Audi to go with the rad BBS fan wheels I’ve long been a massive fan (sorry!) of. Maybe the engine could be a B7 Audi RS4 V8? The options are endless, and that’s part of the fun of photochops like this – build difficulty and cost mean nothing!


Here’s something a little simpler. This is The Joker, or the Shakotan Demon, a straight-up mix of a 1971 Dodge Demon with Japanese shakotan/bosozoku styling. I’ve been photochopping works-style overfenders and big ducktail spoilers on all sorts of cars for many years now, and think this one really suits the look well. It’s kind of like a big Mazda RX-3 or a KE35 Corolla. It’s called The Joker both for the purple and green colour scheme (which is based on two of the famous Mopar ‘High Impact’ hues of the ’70s: Plum Crazy and Sublime, and also happens to be the Joker’s colours from Batman), and also because of its badass PPRE 26B turbocharged quad-rotor engine – a choice that V8 fans won’t find very funny! Rotaries are generally not well-loved by the American car crowd here in New Zealand, but I love the noisy little things!

The Mashine logo is a hint of something myself and good friend and fellow designer and car nerd Ash Thorp are working on. A way to indulge our crazy car fuelled plans and make big things happen in the future…


Here’s a bit of fun – and it might be worth turning on the Presentation Mode to view this one. These are some of the many photochops of Chrysler E-Body cars (E-Body being the factory designation for the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda) I’ve done over the years. There’s a mix of real cars, ideas for future versions of my car, E-Body versions of other cars I love, and pure fantasy. Digital fun like these images is a great way of exploring ideas and trying new things. I love it and recommend it to anyone with crazy ideas banging around in your head. It’s cheap and quick, and you get way less black snot and weld burns too!

Once again thanks for reading, and a big thanks to Speedhunters for the opportunity to share these ideas.

Aaron Beck



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The opening pic is unreal. Someone with the proper means needs to make this a reality.


Almost spat out my coffee when the front page loaded.. wow. Someone should build one!


Altecians haha as did I!


Please build that Hot Rod in Marlboro livery!


Your artwork is so awesome! Wonderful concepts and beautiful execution. Your Cuda is looking badass as well. I've seen your Elysium artwork to and all of it is so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing and keep up the wonderful work.


i work with Cad every day (in relation to ship production engineering), and very occasionally get to render some things...that F132 and everything about it is an absolute dream! I'd say the mashup works exceptionally well, but also the render quality is gorgeous. Hopefully by being featured here on the global scale it can become a reality! Sometimes people with money just want to SEE IT, and once they do, all kinds of doors are opened. Certainly having the Cad model makes planning, estimating and building much much easier. Can't wait to see it!


These ideas are so good, someone is bound to steal them.


That F132! I can see that bad boy cuttin up on the track!


That Dodge Demon, I'd say it would have an Eva Unit-01(Neon Genesis Evangelion) look to it.


A guy named Tomas Svenningson built something like that f132 (an awd 32 ford hotrod, looks very similar). Im pretty sure somebody else is building one too or at least I remember seeing some shots of one in progress in Hot Rod magazine.


MilesHayler yup, and I think the other one I was thinking of was the bryan fuller roadster


I would really love to see that F132 in action!


That F132.  Build it.  It has a wonderful steampunk feel to it, talk about an awesome concept!


Digital dynamite!


Wow man,I like the way your mind works!!! Build the Ford. I mean it. ;)


This is all kinds of awesome. I want to build everything, somebody build it.... Anybody!


Sir, you are freaking crazy. The F132 is gorgeous.


Wow, just wow!! Please build the F132.


OMG the last photo is EPIC !


I need the 32' ford to happen or I will die.


You need to collaborate with Keith and give him the liberty to turn one of these digital renderings into a real life project car that will be revealed at SEMA like SH did with the RTR-X.


Build the Ford, but not with NASCAR V8. Put BDTE from IMSA GTO Ford RS200 in it, pleeeeeease!!!


My mind! It's melted!


I've seen some of your work before and it was awesome and well now is no exception.!  Killer work!


fuck, that's ... like, better than awesome ? Really good work, love it !




For the love of God and all that is holy, PLEASE someone sponsor this man and have the F132 built as a functional car.


yes!!! this brings style back into cars!! they all look great!!


The F132 screams batmobile in a very good way.


Wow! I'm a massive fan of this kind of thing, I only use pencil and paper to do my work... Love the 'Rusty Slammington' hiding in the bottom corner of the last pic. I have always wondered what a hotrod cross F1 would look like it full 3D model! I would buy that as a model!


That first picture is one of my all time favorite automotive things I have ever seen.




holy shit


The F132 concept is one of the best concept ideas i've seen on forums in years!!! I love it!


Haha, I recognize that base picture for S13, 6666 Customs one right?


Oh I can dig this...there's a fella deviantART that does something similar, but his username escapes me.


wow.  those are awesome concepts, especially the syber 13.


Dude that was awesome...sometimes i have those scenarios in my head! Cheers from Venezuela!


I too loved seeing the homage to Rusty, may he rest (rust?) in peace (pieces?)...
Nice work BTW!


I want to make the F132 a reality...


My goodness the F132 is one of the most badass ideas I've seen. You kinda lost me with the 4 wheel drive Audi powered(really?) creation, but brought me back with the Domestic RX3 as I will know it as


So many awesomes! You used Photoshop and what else? I'd like to try this.


What programs besides Photoshop were used? Awesome pixel candy!


These looks awesome..thanks for sharing. I might have to look at modding some rc bodyshells to get similar looks. (Cheaper then real cars!)


@Nate MilesHayler Yeah, the '32 body shape when fenderless is just begging to be given fat front tyres and double wishbone suspension.


Soo... has anyone decided to build this yet?


I really want to start this. I just really don't have the time to teach myself how to design cars, what with school and everything. One of my kind of lost ideas...




what to try this.....


I would love to build the F132 in Aluminum.


This is pure fucking gold.......... Somebody.... please..... make this a reality.... Amazing work my friend.


Definitely talented ))


The hot rod is coming to nfs 2015!!!! THE HYPE IS REAL


شكرا بالله تكفى


"Black snot and weld burns"! HA!! This guy gets it. 

Also, you're an amazing artist btw.