Did you ever wonder why it takes so long for your favourite automobile to be executed in scale? Well, AUTOart is providing some insight into their process from R&D to market. It seems, gathering the complete data elements of the vehicle and sourcing the car, be it from the manufacturer or private sector are the biggest contributors to delays. In short, the best-case scenario from start to finish averages about one year. The complete article from AUTOart is shared below.
Sometimes we see people comment about the long waiting time of items we announced, today we try to explain how it comes some items take ages before being released while others seem to come quicker.
First of all, it depends on the subject to announce, a modern car we prefer to announce quickly so that collectors know we will make it since sometimes there are more companies making the same model. Older cars we don’t have to hurry, so when we announce those they are already further in process.
When we start with a model we need to get CAD Data and do photo research, at some companies this is easy, they are helping with providing CAD Data and a car for research. However, some companies don’t deliver this data and don’t help with getting a car. This means our research team has to search for a car that can be scanned and photographed. Here we already lose time since this means the car should be on sale while on the companies who provide a car for research we can start right after the car is unveiled.
The process of scanning is time-consuming and we need space for a good scan, which means most times we can’t go to a car dealer since they have better things to do than helping us. Therefore we have to go to our network with private collectors and see if someone is having the car in the collection and then try making an appointment. You can imagine that this is also a very delicate process of building up a relationship for years, something we don’t want to lose, so we have to accept their rules and can’t push too hard for a quick appointment.
For older cars, about 90% of the cars scanned and researched are from private collections, but since some older cars are rare they are already hard to find.
The above reasons are the biggest part of the delay in development.
After the data is collected and research is done the whole process of making a model starts, which usually takes 6-12 months before the first-hand sample is ready. After that sample is going to our research team and licensor for review and then it depends on the things that have to be changed if the start of the production can start quickly or if a new hand sample has to be made for review. When production can start it also depends on when we have space to produce the parts and to do the assembly. The process from hand sample to finished model also takes about 6-12 months.