A visual effects company have created the Blackbird, which is a fully adjustable vehicle rig designed specifically for car commercials and filming content. The Blackbird can increase its length by 4 feet, expand width by 10 inches & with the help of CGI it can be made to look like anything.
The suspension and wheels can be
altered, plus the electric motor can be programmed to emulate driving
characteristics of a particular model. Mounted on the car are camera’s and
laser scanners to capture high definition environmental data. By using a
stand-in like Blackbird, an expensive car is no longer required &
automakers can digitally render their products over the frame, but still
benefit from authentic ground shadows and realistic physics. Click here to see the Blackbird in action.