Visitors to the General Motors stand at the Johannesburg International Motor Show will have an opportunity to experience an under the skin view of the technical features of the popular Isuzu KB pick-up. A “transparent” version of the KB has been built for the show that will enable visitors to see the many practical and safety features of the vehicle.
Unlike traditional cutaway vehicles normally seen at motor shows this display model has eleven of its major body panels replaced with totally transparent acrylic mouldings that follow the exact form of the vehicle. A vacuum forming process has been used to achieve this and provide a unique view of the inner mechanical and structural features of the vehicle in the context of the normal full body shape.
The process involved taking a set of eleven precise moulds of the required panels from a standard Isuzu KB. These moulds were then used as the forms for the acrylic panels to be produced. Attention to detail was taken with the placement of panel joints to ensure a seamless transition of the panels over the body. Blue accent lighting was provided to highlight the various technical features.
A transparent bonnet and side panels provide a detailed view of the engine and front-end mechanical detail. The door original panels were totally deconstructed to model new transparent door skins that offer an unhindered view of safety features, including crash protection beams, and the normally hidden inner workings of the doors such as the window winder and locking mechanisms.
Likewise, the loadbox and tailgate were deconstructed and modelled in acrylic to provide an insight into the rugged construction of these elements, together with the chassis and driveline that are normally hidden from view.
In keeping with General Motors support for local industry this entire world-class, true to life display project was designed and manufactured by a local bodywork specialist in Nigel, Gauteng.