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The best in-car Easter eggs

PA Motoring logoPA Motoring 21/03/2019 Jack Evans
a yellow and black sports car parked on the side of a road: Designers often leave things hidden in their cars - here are some you may not have noticed © McLaren Designers often leave things hidden in their cars - here are some you may not have noticed

Cars often seem pretty straightforward. Four or five seats (maybe more), an engine at the front and four wheels spinning underneath. For designers, it must be a straightforward process too – which is they often hide features – or ‘Easter Eggs’ – within their cars to keep things interesting.

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All manner of cars have the secret touches – let’s take a look at some of them.

Jeep Renegade Lights

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Jeep’s dinky Renegade takes on the retro looks of the Wrangler but in a much smaller package. It’s also brimmed with all manner of styling nods to the past – in particular these, the rear lights.

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Though there are a variety of other neat touches throughout the Renegade, these are two of the largest. The rear lights use the ‘x’ symbol found on the petrol cans which were strapped to the side of the Willys Jeep during World War Two.

Jaguar windscreen motif

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The E-Pace – Jaguar’s baby SUV – comes with a small feature which, unless you look closely, you probably won’t have spotted. At the edge of the windscreen, there’s a little Jaguar cub following a much larger, fully-grown silhouette of the animal.

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It’s a nod towards the E-Pace’s position in the range, where it sits underneath the larger F-Pace in Jaguar’s series of SUV models.

Ford GT headlights

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When Ford decided to reimagine the iconic GT40 supercar to celebrate its 100th birthday, it ended up with the striking GT. It more than resembled the original, albeit in a scaled-up and more modern way.

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Because it was created to celebrate Ford’s centennial year, the American car manufacturer decided to include a nod to the achievement by including the ‘100’ figures in the headlights. Look closely and you’ll see them.

Vauxhall Corsa ‘shark’

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The Vauxhall Corsa may be one of the most popular cars in the UK, but certain ages of this well-liked motor feature a hidden touch too.

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The 2004 model year Corsa (and many models after it) has, if you open the glovebox, a shark design integrated into the hinges. Blink and you’ll miss it; and we’ll imagine many owners have easily looked past this small Easter egg. It was reportedly placed there after somebody dared the designer to sneak a shark into production. Look carefully, and you’ll find sharks on a few other Vauxhall models, too.

McLaren P1 – headlight shape

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The McLaren P1 was a significant point in the development of the British firm as a manufacturer of road-going vehicles, which looked to replicate its famous F1 with this car.

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The P1 also offered a nod to its creators in the styling, with a headlight design that replicates its logo. The origins of the logo itself can be traced back to Formula One aerodynamics, but it fits in well when applied to this design.

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