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Breadvan_update_007: Ideation sketches of the Breadvan Hommage

Today we’re showing the very first ideation sketches of the project. These are the initial ideas being put on paper. It is a great privilege to work on this Hommage commission, as the task to translate the essence of the legendary original into a contemporary design is a very interesting one.

The base car for the dream project of our patron marked Ferrari’s return to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. This choice is historically significant and conceptually an exceptional match for our conversion. So whilst we will remodel the complete Pininfarina designed body, we have decided to also honour it. Our design will take important cues from the Maranello proportions, surfacing and jewelry, enhancing some whilst changing others.

The intention is to use a modern aesthetic – boasting its very own timeless character – featuring the soft, gentleman racer look of the 550. Meanwhile the design reinterprets the classic original most important elements – a respectful yet un-nostalgic homage to the past.

These sketches not only show the search for the right proportions and outline, but experiment on an interesting application of the graphical elements – such as the windows, air intakes on front fender, side panel and rear fender – is equally important: these graphics made the original car stand out and could define interesting new character for our Breadvan Hommage. Last but not least the rake of the iconic rear end of the Breadvan has to be modernised and translated into a more sculptural design expression.

Next week we will show more design sketches, please join us next Friday for Breadvan_update_008!

Breadvan_update_006: Dissecting the Italian body

The very last days of this lovely motorcar looking like a Maranello are here. Our coachbuilder has started with cutting away large parts of the 550 to reveal the space frame and to generate a good base for our #BreadvanHommage design. How he went about this process:

Step one when building a coachbuilt car is to see which parts can be retained after having determined the hard points, as all body parts larger than the future Breadvan Hommage must be removed to make space for the new design.

By extending the lines of the car with steel molds shaped like the Breadvan Hommage – based on the design sketches – the parts to be removed are clearly shown. Although this methodology is helpful, most of this process is based on extensive experience by the coachbuilder – as many different parameters are also determining what and how to delete the metal outer shell of a vehicle.

After the team has established which parts have to be removed they are taken of in one go, where possible. In this case the entire rear end was cut off in a single piece, so it can be reused.

Once the original sheet metal has been removed, there is literally room for creativity. The construction of the new frame can start, based on the design sketches we will show next week.

The basic shape of the car will be generated in a metal frame smaller than the actual design of the car. This mounting will be the base for a layer of automotive design modelling clay which helps us to translate the sketches into a three dimensional sculpture.

The clay modelling however is still far away, first we will look at the design sketches, next week in Breadvan_update_007. Watch this space!

Breadvan_update_005: Deconstructing the Maranello

Niels van Roij Design was approached by a true car enthousiast with his idea of designing and coachbuilding a Breadvan Hommage based on the 2-seat, front-engined V12 powered 550 Maranello.

Now the process of removing the complete Pininfarina designed body of the 550 has begun. All removable items like the boot lid, bumpers and taillights are taken out.

Eventually only the tubular steel space frame and front-mounted naturally aspirated V12 will remain stock. Next week we will start with cutting away panels, which is not for the faint of heart.

Breadvan_update_004: Looking at the hardpoints

Last week we showed the first photos of the actual 550 Maranello our coachbuilding team will convert into the #BreadvanHommage. Before being able to start the design process of our patron’s idea, we discussed both the hardpoints – the rigid, unadjustable items – and the possibilities the 550 offers. With black car design tape in different thicknesses we highlighted options as well as potential issues directly on the body.

Simultatiously technicians have started dismantling the car: removing glazing and easy to reach interior components such as carpeting and panels. They even made the first slice in the body: cutting out the metal cover of the fuel tank, which is placed directly behind the seats. Clearing away these items helps the team’s manoeuvrability in and around the car and reveals key elements of the space frame we have to work with.

This fourth episode of the Breadvan_update is the very last time you can enjoy the lovely shapes of this 550, as next week we will start removing even more panels from its lustrous body.

Breadvan_update_003: Acquiring the base car

Welcome to the actual 550 Maranello our team will convert into the #BreadvanHommage. This front-engined, rear-wheel drive beauty was the choice of our patron for designing and coachbuilding his Breadvan Hommage dream.

The car features specific gems like the optional carbon fibre race bucket seats and is equiped with a full black leather interior and -of course- a manual gearbox!

Before the car will be disassambled and eventually stripped of its aluminium body – all the way down to the tubular steel space frame – we will first look at the hard points and possibilities next week in Breadvan_update_004 . Watch this space!

Breadvan_update_002: The base car

Niels van Roij Design was approached by a true car enthousiast with his idea of designing and coachbuilding a Breadvan Hommage.

He decided the base car for his dream project had to be true to the vehicle used to build the original Breadvan: its bodywork was based on a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition, a 2-seat grand tourer, boasting a front-engined V12 with manual transmission.

As the 550 Maranello marked Ferrari’s return to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, 23 years after the 365 GTB/4 Daytona had been replaced by the mid-engined Berlinetta Boxer, this was the choice of car for our patron: a historically very significant car to the brand and conceptually an exceptional match for our conversion.

Niels van Roij Design will replace the complete Pininfarina designed body of the 550. Only the tubular steel space frame and front-mounted naturally aspirated V12 with rear-wheel drive transaxle layout paired to the 6-speed gearbox will remain.

Breadvan_update_001: The client briefing

Today we will share the client briefing and his design wishes with you.

Niels van Roij Design was approached by a true car connoisseur. However, a modern sportscar from Maranello was not enough for this individual, who came to our London studio with his own idea of a Breadvan Hommage.

In a nod to the original Breadvan’s straight roof, admired by the client so much, he asked Niels van Roij Design to reimagine this, and many other unique features, on his one-off motor car. “The car will have to exude the romance of racing for its own sake, and on first glance should immediately place Breadvan Hommage in the line-up of the world’s greatest race cars.”

With our Breadvan Hommage we create a unique vehicle for our car collecting client. The intention is to use a modern aesthetic, boasting its very own timeless character, and to reinterpret the classic original – rather than designing a retrospective vehicle: Breadvan Hommage will be respectful yet un-nostalgic homage to the past.

Niels van Roij Design is working on unique coachbuilt Ferrari Breadvan Hommage

-Niels van Roij Design is working on a unique Ferrari Breadvan Hommage
-The Hommage is built for an enthusiast of the original Ferrari Breadvan
-The coachbuilding process will be shared through social media

When a true admirer of the Italian brand reported to Niels van Roij Design in London with a special request to custom build a Breadvan Hommage, the design studio saw it as an honorable task to translate the iconic racing car into a Ferrari from the more recent past.

“We see it as a great privilege that we can honour the Breadvan through this Hommage commission,” says Van Roij. “It is a complex task to translate the essence of the legendary original into a contemporary design. We intend to be inspired by the original, but will ensure we are not limited by it in our creativity”.

Because this coachbuilding commission includes a full re-body and major interior changes it is a unique opportunity for Niels van Roij Design to allow full insight into the entire development: from ideation process, exterior and interior design, to final coachbuilding of the aluminum Breadvan Hommage. The complete openness that the London studio will offer on a weekly basis is exceptional within automotive design. For those who are interested it is a great opportunity to follow the creation of this one-off, step by step, through social media. Starting on 19 October, Niels van Roij Design will report every Friday on the development and progress of the Breadvan Hommage.

Breadvan background

Motorsport has always played a critical role in the development of the automobile. The heritage of racing is a major inspiration for car manufacturers and car designers alike. Racing is a laboratory for development and endurance, where the battle between race teams is sometimes won by only a tenth of a second.

Another battle arose in 1961 when technical director Carlo Chiti and design boss Giotto Bizzarrini walked out on “Il Commendatore” Enzo Ferrari during a major internal conflict. The gentlemen were offered a job by privateer Giovanni Volpi within his Scuderia Serenissima race team. This angered Enzo Ferrari who decided to stop selling his regular customer Volpi any more cars.

Volpi then took the initiative to develop a unique car himself, to combat the powerful factory Ferrari 250 GTOs: a coachbuilt racer with its own bodywork based on a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition. Enzo Ferrari famously said: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” Bizzarrini, together with coachbuilder Piero Drogo, made the difference by creating a very streamlined car. The resulting appearance led the French press to call the car “La Camionnette”, while the English-speaking journalists baptized the rebellious creation as “Breadvan”

The Breadvan won the famous Goodwood Revival just last year without any fear of tire barriers. Making it clear once again that its creators really did understand aerodynamics.

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Press release for immediate publication:
Niels van Roij Design is working on unique coachbuilt Ferrari Breadvan Hommage

-London car design house Niels van Roij Design is working on a unique Ferrari Breadvan Hommage.
-The Hommage is built for an enthusiast of the original Ferrari Breadvan.
-The complete coachbuilding process will be shared through the social media of the design studio.

 

Breadvan Hommage:
When a true admirer of the Italian brand reported to Niels van Roij Design in London with a special request to custom build a Breadvan Hommage, the design studio saw it as an honorable task to translate the iconic racing car into a Ferrari from the more recent past.

“We see it as a great privilege that we can honour the Breadvan through this Hommage commission,” says Van Roij. “It is a complex task to translate the essence of the legendary original into a contemporary design. We intend to be inspired by the original, but will ensure we are not limited by it in our creativity”.

Because this coachbuilding commission includes a full re-body and major interior changes it is a unique opportunity for Niels van Roij Design to allow full insight into the entire development: from ideation process, exterior and interior design, to final coachbuilding of the aluminum Breadvan Hommage. The complete openness that the London studio will offer on a weekly basis is exceptional within automotive design. For those who are interested it is a great opportunity to follow the creation of this one-off, step by step, through social media. Starting on 19 October, Niels van Roij Design will report every Friday on the development and progress of the Breadvan Hommage.

 

Breadvan background:
Motorsport has always played a critical role in the development of the automobile. The heritage of racing is a major inspiration for car manufacturers and car designers alike. Racing is a laboratory for development and endurance, where the battle between race teams is sometimes won by only a tenth of a second.

Another battle arose in 1961 when technical director Carlo Chiti and design boss Giotto Bizzarrini walked out on “Il Commendatore” Enzo Ferrari during a major internal conflict. The gentlemen were offered a job by privateer Giovanni Volpi within his Scuderia Serenissima race team. This angered Enzo Ferrari who decided to stop selling his regular customer Volpi any more cars.

Volpi then took the initiative to develop a unique car himself, to combat the powerful factory Ferrari 250 GTOs: a coachbuilt racer with its own bodywork based on a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition. Enzo Ferrari famously said: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” Bizzarrini, together with coachbuilder Piero Drogo, made the difference by creating a very streamlined car. The resulting appearance led the French press to call the car “La Camionnette”, while the English-speaking journalists baptized the rebellious creation as “Breadvan”

The Breadvan won the famous Goodwood Revival just last year without any fear of tire barriers. Making it clear once again that its creators really did understand aerodynamics.

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About Niels van Roij Design
Niels van Roij Design is the London-based, award-winning car design studio. The studio has completed research projects in the field of automotive design, coachbuilding and automotive research. With a compact team of top designers, Niels van Roij Design works with a variety of clients. The implementation of interdisciplinary projects makes the studio unique. A Tesla Model S based on a Shooting Brake was a recent commission.

About Niels van Roij
In addition to his design work for car brands, Van Roij writes articles for car magazines and publishes on strategic automotive design. Niels van Roij is also a guest lecturer at academies and universities worldwide. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the London Transport Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Van Roij was part of the 10 Downing Street Design Summit with Members of Parliament, he designed custom coachbuilt cars, worked on the design of the Future London Taxi and gives a Master Automotive Design keynote speech to the business and automotive world.

For more information
Johan Overtoom
johan@nielsvanroij.com
+31 06 24 457 871

Image credit
Robbert Moree

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