If you have ever wondered what every component of a modern car looks like underneath all that sheet metal, your questions have been answered.

Two Americans, Beau and Alan Daniels have illustrated dozens of technical car cutaways of a four-door sedan, which are so detailed, they appear real.

The drawings include the more common cutaways of the suspension, electricals, interior and driveline. Others are more fascinating like air-conditioning, airbags, satellite connectivity, sensors, and crumple zones.

Beau and Alan create cutaway, ghosted and phantom illustrations from aviation to medical, ships to maps. They have a strong automotive client base which includes Honda, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Land Rover, Isuzu and many more.

It seems they have a sense of humour too. This is the description attached to the vehicle sensor illustration: "just a diagram showing some of the sensors that keep an eye out for you while you can do something, such as text somebody, shave, put your makeup on, watch a video, anything but pay attention to your driving."

These diagrams will keep you intrigued for quite some time and hopefully will give you a better understanding of how complex a car is.

Click through to our gallery for more illustrations.

Let us know what you think!


Podcast

Listen to the CarAdvice team talk to Alan Daniels below, and catch more like this at caradvice.com/podcast.