GIRO is known for taking high-performance helmet design to the next level, and the Vanquish MIPS road cycling helmet is proof of their serious dedication to “enhancing the ride.” To showcase the innovative approach behind GIRO’s newest creation, Deep Sky was tasked with visualizing the helmet’s advanced airflow technology that came from years of data gathering, months of aerodynamic development, and extensive pro-rider testing.
Working off a concept inspired by the Vanquish tagline, the Styrofoam cube represents the helmet’s raw form being “shaped by the wind,” with new layers of technology revealed as it’s molded into its peak aero-efficient form. We had worked with fire, smoke, and steam before, but disintegrating foam particles and wind tunnel simulations were fun new challenges. We referenced white papers and ran simulation after simulation in Cinema4D and X-Particles to make sure we accurately visualized the aerodynamics and particle interactions within the wind tunnel, playing with different volumes and pressures of air until we got it right.
Considering this was one of the most technical videos we’ve done, it came with some unique challenges, (with so many faces on the helmet’s CAD model, the conversion to a high-poly mesh for simulation took some finessing). But the result was a hyper-realistic product visualization that wowed the client and did this impressive design justice.
Studio: Deep Sky
Creative Director: Jared Hobbs
Motion Designer: Ben Drake
3D & VFX lead: Esli Becerra
3D modeling: Michael Johnson
Sound Design: Sono Sanctus