I created this image as my very first project in Cinema4D and also my first project using the Arnold rendering engine. I prefer to learn software by diving in head first, and since I already had a very clear mental vision of what I wanted this image to look like, it was just a matter of finding the correct buttons to press in the new software,
I did not model the car geometry, but did all the texturing and lighting in Arnold for C4D. I used Turbulance FD for the flames, and did color correction and compositing in Fusion. This was done in my spare time over the course of about two weeks as I explored and learned both the software & the rendering engine.