Consumer product designers aren’t known to be very straight-laced people. Perhaps it’s part of the creative persona but they often have a little fun with the things they make. Car designers and engineers certainly are no different. Sometimes you see curious details in a car that don’t make sense or even seem entirely unnecessary. And, some designers really get into it and include actual Easter eggs in their cars. (Note: Easter eggs are little hidden fun things that software engineers put in their programs.) Want to hear a little more? Read on.
Jeep makes rugged off-road vehicles and their designers put a little of this characterization in their new Renegades. If you look down in front of the shifter on the renegades, you’ll find some map-like images etched into the plastic surface there. These lines are in fact a topographical map of the desert around Moab, Utah. Why Moab? Because Moab is a very popular off-roading site and is the home of the famous Rubicon trail. Jeep makes a model called the “Rubicon” which incorporates their best and most rugged components.
In 2003, Ford celebrated its 100th anniversary and they made a small reference to this in some of their cars. The 2003 GT is a good example. Next time you see a 2003 GT, pay particular attention to the right headlight. You may notice the number 100 clearly illustrated in the lamp design. Wait, this might be difficult. Ford GTs are low production number sports cars. You probably won’t see one soon. In that case, Google an image for it!
One of Tesla’s little secrets is accessed through the 17 inch touchscreen of the Model S P85. If you select the “about” menu option, then press the P85 logo, a photo will appear showing the entire P85 development team. Next, check out the volume controls. In a subtle tribute to the movie Spinal Tap, the volume controls go up to 11. If this doesn’t have you chuckling, go to YouTube and look for the clip. It’s a priceless piece of pop culture.
2015 Dodge Dart
This is a curious one. In the 2015 Dodge Darts, there is a secret compartment under the passenger seat. I suppose the designers thought that valuable stuff could be hidden there. Maybe if you have valuable jewels or something, a locking glove box isn’t good enough.
Jeep Renegade, part II
Paying homage to the original WWII Willys Jeep, the 2015 Jeep Renegade has a bunch of hidden design features that few people notice. During WWII military Jeeps usually had rear-mounted gas cans with a prominent X-pattern on them. The designers of the 2015 Renegade put X symbols all over the vehicle. They can be found in the front and rear lights, on the speaker surrounds, in the cup holders, on the overhead mirror and inside the trunk lid. We got lost looking for all of them but a call to Zeigler Jeep of Downers Grove, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer in Downers Grove, IL pointed out many more to us!