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Breadvan_update_021: Interior design proposals

The standard interior of the Breadvan Hommage base car is a great place to be. However, to make the vehicle more outspoken and the interior relevant to the exterior design theme, changes are needed. To start with this process, a detailed rendering of the OEM interior functioned as a solid base. This drawing showcases the stock interior and will form the base for our enhancements. Apart from the factory installed sport seats finished with carbon fibre backs, the black on black interior is not overly convincing in colours and materials. The design team has made three different design statements: each featuring both subtle customisations and more bold statements. Exquisite individual details are specifically important in a one-off motorcar interior, as it will be interacted with on a much more close and personal level and especially the tactile experiences are of paramount importance. All switchgear will likely be replaced by handmade metal buttons, whilst the headrests will feature monogrammed logo: the outline of the exterior.

Bold Blue Brute, Burned Black Buff and Rapid Red Racer

The first design features blue Alcantara seats, inspired by the original Breadvan colours. The base car seats also are revived here: featuring a stronger padding, which makes the seats more voluminous and racy. The steering wheel has been re-designed to look sleeker and a new, handcrafted aluminium rear view mirror has been placed on the dashboard. Other customised items are a cleaned centre console and a colour coded rev-counter. The handbrake lever has been subtly changed too, featuring the same blue Alcantara. The second interior proposal features carbon fibre personalising options, such as the instrument panel, steering wheel and dash-mounted rear view mirror. This interior has a complete centre console delete, making way for a Breadvan-typical high shifter, with black leather surrounding tied together by a lace. The few details are red: the centralizer on the steering wheel and door opener within the carbon fibre door panels. A colour coded bright red central rev-counter has been mounted too. The third interior proposal of has red seats, linking to the exterior colour. The raised gear lever in H-pattern, with open linkage reminds one of motorsport heritage. The air vent bezels, switchgear and the bespoke steering wheel are made out of aluminium and the rear view mirror is colour coded to match exterior paint.

Breadvan_update_020: Clay model first iteration

Clay model

The entire driver side of the Breadvan Hommage has now been covered in synthetic automotive clay by the coachbuilder, starting from the A-pillar. The new tailor-made side windows will be lowered, thus the roofline has been adjusted by clay too, generating a visor-like aesthetic. The team has been working on designing a faux shutline running over the A-pillar, between the OEM windscreen and the newly shaped side window, generating a continuous flow of lines and highlights. This will be done by adding a small amount of volume to the A pillar, only a few millimetres, and taking it back again at the exact height, width and depth of the shutline surrounding the top end of the windscreen of the car.

Kamm-tail rear end

Further to the back the newly shaped roof is a very obvious change. We have changed the flow of lines here many times over, searching for the right acceleration of the roofline from the front of the roof, towards the Kamm-tail rear end. Initially we had added more volume to the roof starting at the windscreen, so more acceleration of lines could take place towards he back. This however did not make the car look well balanced, so the entire roof section was deleted and redone in its entirety. Other obvious changes are the newly shaped hips of the commissioned custom motorcar. The entire wing section will be renewed, although in the images the base car can still be seen in front of the rear wheel, this section also will redone in aluminium too.

Not just the roofline and hips have been reshaped, after deliberation it was decided to completely remove the lower section of the rear end too, all material underneath the facet of the Kamm-tail. Many hours went into the iterative design of the volumes, proportions and surfacing of this section through early ideation sketches, renderings and re-working in clay. Despite these efforts, mainly due to the unusual low profile of this coachbuilt car and the perspective coming with that, the car looked rather unathletic and upstraight rather than confident and sporty. Kill your darlings! This is one of the key elements of car design: nothing can be decided on paper, as one needs to see the car in real life, in real perspective and under real light. The complete removal of this section will ensure the team can rebuilt this part from scratch and our coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage will eventually be a well-balanced and distinctive design piece of automotive design.

Breadvan_update_019: Development of the jewellery

Development of the jewellery

During the construction of the clay model the design process is ongoing. Apart from monitoring the development of the surfacing in clay and working on the iterations of the skin of the car, we’re also working on designing the details: the jewellery. In this specific case on the edge between the surfacing and jewellery are the very iconic graphics of the side air vents. We’re exploring the orientation, size, shape, character and depth of these units. In some of the earlier renderings the side vents were tilted forwards, like the vents on the front fender behind the wheel. These gave the car a very strong virtual B-pillar, added a lot of character to the design and introduced a new graphic to the side of the car – a fresh interpretation of the original Breadvan DNA. However, it was decided this departure from the original car was too big, and the team focused on getting new character in a more original, as in upright, positioned series of vents. The side vents will be rich in their surfacing, with facets tilting inwards of the body, catching the light in a soft but significant manner. And due to the extended horizontal lines, despite their vertical shape, they still add length and speed to the car – instead of solely emphasizing its height. These horizontal shapes also link with the same character lines featured on the air vents on the fender, which now flow into the door.

Bright work: the chrome bullet mirrors

Early on in the project it was decided to minimalize the amount of details on the surfacing of the car, to let the shape and quality of the coachwork speak. A large amount of chrome would take away the focus on the hand made skin of the Breadvan Hommage. The lack of visual noise will make the vehicle look more pure and concept-car-like. The rear window, for instance, will not feature outboard hinges, the door handles will be deleted and even a tiny detail as the door lock will be completely erased from the body. Less distractions equals more attention will go the proportions, surfacing and the small bit of meaningful jewellery featured on this V12 motorcar. The bullet mirrors are the most eye catching and significant new addition to the jewellry of the car. The original door mirrors placed on the base of the A-pillar will be replaced by these hand-beaten aluminium bullets mounted on the fenders. They feature an integrated indicator light, subtly placed on the far edge of the mirror, blending in with the design naturally but also improving visibility and building on the iconic indicator light normally featured on the wing of each car of this brand. Each and every detail on the Breadvan Hommage will feature a similar amount of dedication and eye for detail.  

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