Breadvan Hommage


Breadvan Hommage

Breadvan_update_013: ideation sketches

Welcome to another loop of ideation sketches – very important in any automotive design, or coachbuilding project and one of the many iterative stages of the design process. Automotive design is about the search and experiment, which is only truly achievable in a handmade sketch. The doodles, sketches and renderings help with finding great new discoveries as well as illuminating ideas that don’t work. The sketches are presented together and seeing them on one wall helps both our design and construction team, as well as the customer to see what works and what doesn’t. Eventually this process will produce a so called key sketch: the one sketch to be developed into more elaborated, rendered ideas. It will eventually be made into a clay model, based on the custom steel compound curve frame work we’ve shared last week.

The evolution of the volumes, proportions, surfacing and finally jewellery of our bespoke motorcar is only fully explored through endless analysation and exploring. The search for unique character is clearly present in these sketch boards. But, as is the case with all automotive design projects, the majority of ideation sketches of this commissioned tailor-made car will not make it to the next stage: car design is often referred to as working for the dustbin.

This elaborated design process is also a paramount part of our personalisation services. In search for an automobile that truly will reflect the owner a unique and distinctive design is needed.

Differences can not only be spotted in volumes, proportions, surfacing, but also in the application of graphics, trim and other unique hand-finished details – such as placement of the double bespoke exhausts of this sports car.

More detailed renderings will be made after this sketch material has gone through a strict selection procedure: the coachbuilder crafting the car needs detailed and precise visual information to start his job working on the synthetic clay. His artistry and expertise is also needed to make sure our design will reach its full potential in aluminium.

Through the very personal collaboration between the patron and our design team, not only more grander gestures and changes are discussed, but also subtle customisation wishes are considered. The Breadvan Hommage is a very bold statement in itself, so once seeing it more up close the individual details on the surfaces of both exterior and interior are important individual design statements to be made too, making it consistent piece of design.

Breadvan_update_012: clay frame development

Welcome back to the 550 Maranello base car. These images are showing the car being prepared for clay modelling.

The first step to prepare the Maranello for its new shape is building a custom frame work of steel compound curves, which measurements will be smaller than the actual design of the Breadvan Hommage dictates. A layer of synthetic automotive clay, or industrial plasticine, will be put on top of this frame, which will bring the surface of the car to the desired parameters.

Based on the design work, which is ongoing during the stage of modelling the clay, we will shape the plasticine into the right volumes. This is a highly labour intensive process, as a car is a complex and three dimensional object which has to look great from all angles and under different light circumstances. The modelling process is iterative and the car will be reshaped many times over, to get the proportions and surfacing of the Breadvan Hommage exactly spot on.

In this specific case we are working from the rear towards the front: the project is made out of many sub-projects, which all have to be monitored and directed whilst being worked on in parallel fashion. This narrows down the time frame needed for the complete building process. However, in some cases we have to wait on bespoke items being engineered at our suppliers, such as the unique headlights, so we can model around them. This means at the current stage the sides and front remain untouched for a while, so we can focus all our attention on the design and development of the #BreadvanHommage rear end.

Breadvan_update_011: Breadvan Hommage sketch boards

In these sketch boards, the very first ideation sketches of the project are seen: the initial ideas we put on paper, made after the research and discussion with the client and coachbuilder were concluded. These sketches show the search for the right proportions and basic surfacing. Later we will dive into the jewelry – the details of the car.

Graphical elements – such as the windows, air intakes on the bonnet, fenders and side panels – made the original car stand out. Putting the sketches together on one image helps to show all the different takes on the iconic long roofline and, even more importantly, the rake of the rear end of the Breadvan Hommage. This rake has been modernised and translated into a more sculptural design expression, which will run around the corner of the back.

By grouping the other sketches too, a clear design theme is visible per group. Sketching in three dimensions in the early stages is important to experiment with the changed nose and rear-end of the car, the volumes around the wheels and fenders of the back specifically will come alive seen in three quarter view.

Within the sketch boards of the different design themes, several minor changes are made per car too: the experimenting thus takes place on a larger scale, per design theme, and on a smaller scale, within the design theme.

Please join us again next Friday for Breadvan_update_012!

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Johan Overtoom
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Robbert Moree

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