Car Design Dialogues North America: Design Review – Fisker Ocean

Henrik Fisker

CEO of auto start-up Henrik Fisker takes Car Design News on a deep-dive into the Ocean – an all-electric EV unveiled at the LA Auto Show. Fisker offers unique insight into the design thinking, engineering, and sustainability goals behind the project

Henrik Fisker offered the viewers some insights into the Ocean SUV, which was first seen at LA Auto show in 2021. Fisker explained how tried and tested design techniques came together with the latest design software to create the car.

“I am a big believer in clay models, both scale and full-size. Obviously, digital modeling is great because you can move large surfaces very quickly to fulfil some regulation. What we do is mill a full-size model and then spend a lot of time refining the delicacy of the surface by hand. We have sped up the process a lot. If we change and entire body side, for example moving it out 8mm, we don’t do that by hand.

“We slam some clay on it, get it in the digital model, make sure the sections run correctly according to engineering. Then we spend time fine-tuning with our modellers and that is when you get design and sculpture coming together to do that final refinement.” 

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