2015 North American International Auto Show

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Just returned from another trip to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show.  It was a great show this year and sports/performance cars seemed to be the common thread.  It’s safe to say that the American auto industry has fully recovered and is now thriving.

The Ford GT was definitely the star of the show.  I wasn’t sure about this car when I initially saw the photos.  It looked a bit unrefined.  I didn’t feel that way when I saw it in person, though.  Awesome!Ford GT Ford GTFord GT Ford GTThe Shelby Mustang GT350R was painted the same gorgeous shade of metallic blue as the GT.Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Ford Mustang Shelby GT350RFord even had an original GT40 and Shelby Mustang on display for a little history lesson.Ford GT40 Shelby GT350Acura NSXAcura NSX Acura NSXBuick Avenir ConceptBuick Avenir Concept Buick Avenir Concept Buick Avenir Concept Buick Avenir ConceptThe Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V models looked great.  Actually, every Cadillac was impressive.  Especially the interiors.  I think Caddy is finally there…a legitimate competitor for the German luxury makers.Cadillac ATS VCadillac ATS V Cadillac CTS-VSpeaking of Germans…Mercedes Benz AMG GT Mercedes Benz AMG GT Mercedes Benz F1 Audi TT BMW M6 Coupe Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Porsche 911 Porsche 911 headlampA neat little Mini Concept.Mini Superleggera Vision Concept Mini Superleggera Vision ConceptJaguar F-Type Coupe.Jaguar F-Type CoupeInfiniti Q60 Concept Infiniti Q60 Concept Infiniti Q60 Concept Infiniti Q60 ConceptInfiniti Q60 Concept Infiniti Q60 ConceptAlfas, New and Old.Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe Alfa Romeo 33 StradaleHyundai SantaCruz Concept.  This thing was a bit of a surprise for me.  The surfacing is really nice: entertaining without being frivolous.  Although, I’d like to get an explanation on that door vent…Hyundai Santa Cruz ConceptHyundai Santa Cruz Concept Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept Hyundai Santa Cruz ConceptThe Corvette Z06 on display had a pretty extreme aero package.Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept.Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 ConceptToyota FT-1 Concept.  It was shown in red last year.  I really dug the liquid silver finish.Toyota FT-1 Concept Toyota FT-1 ConceptLexus RCF GT3 race carLexus RC F GT3

Maserati Alfieri ConceptMaserati Alfieri Concept Maserati Alfieri ConceptNissan GTR NismoNissan GTR Nismo Nissan GTR NismoFor more pics from the show, check out the Ragle Design facebook page.

Just ‘toying’ around…

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We don’t just do full-size vehicles here at Ragle Design.  I recently had the opportunity to work on some design concepts for GM licensed, ride-on toy trucks.  Check it out here.  Ragle Design is your source for professional design concepts for literally ‘anything with wheels’.Design sketch

Recoil Design

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Ringbrothers Recoil ChevelleI was fortunate to have the opportunity to partner up with the Ringbrothers on the design of the Recoil.  The car turned out fantastic, thanks to the hard work of everyone involved.  You can see more of the design process here.Ringbrothers Recoil Chevelle

Goodguys Columbus 2014

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Great show, as usual.  Only spent a day there this year, so I barely scratched the surface.  It seemed like attendance was higher than past years.P1140476 P1140485 P1140487 P1140489 P1140496 P1140497 P1140498 P1140505 P1140513 P1140516P1140517 P1140519 P1140520 P1140522 P1140528 P1140531 P1140533 P1140538 P1140543 P1140563P1140564 P1140567 P1140569 P1140581 P1140582 P1140584 P1140594 P1140600 P1140604 P1140610P1140607P1140615 P1140630 P1140627 P1140618

Ault Park Concours

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Some pics from the Ault Park Concours here in Cincinnati.  A little bit of everything….Cadillac V16Porsche 911Alfa Romeo Ferrari GT350Porsche’s LeMans challenger.  I was stoked to see this thing in the flesh, but I was dissapointed that they only showed this mock-up/model, and not the real car.  Oh well…still awesome.P1140055MaseratiFord GT Maserati MaseratiIt was my first time seeing the new Mustang outside.  What an impressive design.  The crew in Dearborn just started on this project  when I was there, and I knew that it was going to turn out good…but I never thought it would be this good.  Well done, Ford.Ford MustangFord GT40.  Most. Beautiful. Car. Ever.Ford GT40Ford GT40This Willys pickup gasser was a bit out of place.  Kindof felt like the class troublemaker.  It made me happy!Willys Truck Gasser

Orange Rush

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Chevy C-10 renderingA while ago, I had the pleasure of working with Bob Bertelsen on a design for his hardcore, road-race/autocross Chevy C-10 truck.  He recently finished the truck, and it looks great.  You can see a few of the renderings here.

Detroit Details

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I recently made my annual trip to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show.  It’s always crowded so I tend to focus on interesting design details.frontRear Quarter panel Taillamp Rear front grille rear front grille HeadlampHeadlamp Wheel Front Rear Air Intake Headlamp Fender Front Exhaust Treatment TaillampFront Race Car Headlamp Taillamp Corvette C7r Corvette C7r Rear Front

1955 Chevy Gasser

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I updated the Garage section of the site with some new photos of the Ragle Design ’55 Chevy Gasser project.  We’ve been making some steady progress on the car over the last few months.Front CrossmemberWe built a custom front crossmember to go between the new frame rails.Front Crossmember Front Crossmember Front CrossmemberAlso made new motor mounts.Motor Mounts Motor MountsThe car is coming along nicely. SpindleRear endNarrowed 9in Ford rear end with a True Trac differential and 31 spline axles.Rear End Rear EndLadder BarsFabrication of our custom ladder bars.  We used 1in round tubing for the perimeter with a .125″ plate insert.Ladder Bars Ladder bars Ladder Bars Ladder BarsIt took about 8000psi to flare the holes!Ladder Bars Ladder Bars Ladder BarsI let my Dad handle the TIG welding duties when it really matters.  I’ll just stick to drawing for now!Ladder Bars Ladder BarsShock MountRear shock mount.Panhard bar mount Panhard bar mountPanhard bar brackets.Panhard bar mount Panhard bar mount Panhard bar mountRear end Rear end Rear end 55 Chevy GasserIt was great to finally roll the car outside.  It’s always a good idea to confirm the stance from a distance.  Everything is in the mock-up phase right now.  Then the car will be completely disassembled, stripped to bare metal, and refinished.  For more photos check out the updated Garage.