Do you think the body was designed around the frame or do you think they designed the frame to fit in that body?
I would think they take the design and an engineer would figure out how to make it happen.
I could take the bumper into consideration and still make it work. One could extend the front a bit more and use form changes to suggest the lines you want. I'd like to see what the original concept art looked like before the engineers told them it won't work!!
The original lines on this vehicle are slugish and bland. I think the 2 form changes I made on the door area of the vehicle changed the look to make it sleeker.
Also, can't the bumper be changed without effecting safety?
I think the Dodge Viper worked very well! Beautiful lines on that car!!! I know it's not a redesign but it looks bad ass!
In this case, the Charger, Challenger, 300C, and Magnum were all based around effectively the same platform. So I wouldn't be surprised if those support beams are all direct carryovers. As with many companies, platforming saves them on development costs, # of parts needed to manufacture, crash testing, etc. So even if you do just shave a little bit off the overhead to do so is surprisingly complex.
I'm not saying I love the existing design, but just pointing out there are a ton of considerations that can monkey up those details, and costs that the bean counters wouldn't approve.
In the case of the Viper, I totally agree. But that car was originally designed in the late 80's when these hippie regulations didn't exist. A lot of these rules are very new which means cars that were designed even a few years ago don't have to take them into consideration.
Case in point - the most recent version of Alias Autostudio actually has a pedestrian impact tool to design where your innocent civilians head should smash so you make sure not to put your hood scoop there.