Breadvan_update_043: KONI shocks
Breadvan Hommage with KONI shock absorbers
Niels van Roij Design and KONI have found each other for the creation of the latest project of our design house. The Breadvan Hommage. KONI develops, produces and sells hydraulic shock absorbers and systems. For instance, used in passenger cars and racing cars. Also buses, trucks, trailers, trains and wagons feature KONIs. And even defense vehicles and industrial constructions. Therefore, KONI is a great partner to provide the car with a set of specially developed dampers. They include historic Formula 1 technology. Above all, the dampers are developed specially for this project. With this, KONI provides a suitable follow-up to the development of shock absorbers for numerous models. For instance, including Formula 1 cars from the rich history of the Italian brand. With 150 years of experience, KONI has the know-how to optimize the driving performance and the handling of a vehicle.
Coachbuilding and suspension technology
In 1962 the original Breadvan was fitted with specially developed KONI dampers. Founded in 1857 and the inventor of the adjustable hydraulic shock absorber, KONI was the main supplier of the Italian brand at the time. A collaboration that resulted in, among other things, KONI’s first steps in Formula 1. The Italian sports car manufacturer was the first Formula 1 team in 1958 to make use of KONI shock absorbers. Many production models in the past, were also equipped with KONIs. They have all grown into valuable collectibles over the years. “Many races and 16 world titles in Formula 1 later we are at the start of the collaboration with Niels van Roij Design. The Breadvan Hommage is a new interpretation of an icon. And a great opportunity for KONI to use advanced technology as a tribute to this successful racing car.” says KONI’s Frank Biesheuvel.
Coachbuilt car and F1 technology
Especially for the one-off Breadvan Hommage, KONI has developed exclusive one-off dampers. The dampers are based on championship technology. Including the Formula 1 and Can-Am. These 8211-series dampers are based on a Twin-Tube hydraulic shock absorber. As a result, there is the possibility to adjust the damping force both in compression stroke and in rebound stroke independently. And over a very wide range. Settings can be changed, whilst on the car. As a result, the perfect setting can always be chosen. A variety of circumstances and preferences for the driver are possible. The KONI 8211-series dampers are maintenance-friendly. Consequently, they can be completely dismantled and can be assembled and mounted again after modification. The set of dampers is exclusively produced by KONI for the Breadvan Hommage project. Therefore, it will not be available for sale.