As you’ve seen in many of our postings involving spyshots of up and coming cars, camouflage remains an important element for manufacturers to deter photographers from obtaining a clear look at their latest creations. Ever wondered how it is done? Well, Ford is here to explain the science of subterfuge.

To keep curious eyes and camera lenses away from their prototypes, Ford makes its own custom stickers that feature patterns that hide the car’s body lines. This involves creating optical illusions that make it difficult to identify specific details, as well as obscuring photographs.

The stickers themselves are made of vinyl and replace the traditional vinyl cladding in the past. Advantages of the vinyl sticker include quicker installation, better durability and easy adaptability for any model being tested. Furthermore, the stickers do not amount to much weight, nor does it affect vehicle aerodynamic performance.

“The work we’re doing is crucial to Ford staying competitive in a constantly evolving industry,” said John LaQue, Ford section supervisor, Prototype Planning and Build. “When we make it to a reveal without a photo surfacing of a non-camouflaged car, we have all done our jobs.”

If that wasn’t enough, Ford’s camouflage team can even change the shape of the vehicle to further mislead spy photographers. This is done by using faux body panels that can keep many (including us), guessing what the actual dimensions of the car are beneath the wraps.