Breadvan Hommage


Breadvan Hommage

What is the Breadvan Hommage?

When a true admirer of an Italian brand reported to Niels van Roij Design 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 car 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”.


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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 we as car design 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. Niels van Roij Design will report every Friday on the development and progress of the Breadvan Hommage.

Breadvan_update_068: one-off dials

Custom dials for one-off car

Have you ever dreamed about owning a one-off ride? At Niels van Roij Design we make your dreams come true. In other words, we create the most exclusive cars. We are using the best suppliers. The best people. The best materials available. As a result, our car design service extends far and wide. The Breadvan Hommage is a great example of what we can do. Only the windscreen of this coachbuilt car stays original. Special elements can be found throughout the interior of the Breadvan Hommage. A real custom car. We have shared the unique dials as a work in progress before. Seven uniquely styled meters in the dash. They are hand made. So, the dials consist of top-notch materials. For example, we use silver to construct the face. Craftsmanship can be found in every detail. Consequently, the materials are beautiful, the design of the facia durable and unique.


Movement for car-lovers – unique dials

The one-off set of dials is designed and made only for the Breadvan Hommage. Coachbuilding, creating one-off custom rides, at its very best! In car design language details are called jewellery. So, seven uniquely styled elements of jewellery! They are taking custom car design to the next level. The dials are hand made entirely. First, a professional dial maker takes all OEM dials apart. Disassembly of the needles and the dials. Secondly, we opt for the highest quality of screen printing for the new dials. Custom-made graphics are printed on them in a 3D layer of ink. Thirdly, the finest elements of silver are added. This is a technically difficult design. However, the result will be truly sculptural and three-dimensional. When all elements are finished, in the end, the dial maker pieces every part of a handmade dials together again.


Hand-made one-off clocks

As mentioned before, we opt for the highest quality of screen printing for the dials. For example, the tiny lines indicating speed or RPM will not be a flat, printed line. As a result, the new design elevates the entire one-off interior of this custom car. The production of a dial for the Breadvan Hommage requires a lot of skills and craftsmanship. So, our suppliers use only high quality materials. In other words: they work with absolute accuracy. The highest level of finishing. You can see the work in progress of the bespoke clocks on the images. All their effort allows for the best look. For instance, razor sharp details. A combination of modernism with a classical touch: the dials will be high quality and stylish. They will give a lasting impression! Custom dials like timepieces. Unique and distinctive.

Breadvan_update_067: design and build your own car

Shaping custom car culture

Niels van Roij Design is your one stop shop for all your car customization and coachbuilding needs. We are located in the Netherlands. We work together with a compact team of experts, technicians, fabricators, designers, electricians, painters and many more. Every day this team works towards the goal of creating one-off cars. So, works of art for our clients, commissioned by them. You may have seen some of our one-of-a-kind coachbuilt cars on TV or in car magazines. For the Breadvan Hommage every single body panel of the base vehicle is changed. Therefore, everything is redesigned. Except for the windscreen. At the front, for example, a redesign of the fenders is executed. Also the bonnet is heavily changed. For instance, it features two new intakes on the lower edge of the bonnet. And these two will not just be there for looks!


One-off car design

The two large nostrils in the lower section of the bonnet will improve cooling of the V12 engine. So, the air intake in the middle of the bonnet of the original car will be deleted. The two air intakes on the bottom will feature air pipes directing the fresh incoming air towards the OEM intakes of the engine. In other words: his will make the two air intakes not only look great, but function equally well. Car design, form follows function. Likewise, the chassis will be adapted too. The body of the Breadvan Hommage has obvious big modifications. In this case motorization will remain OEM, although the exhaust system is likely changed. The suspension is being tackled with our partners. The same goes for the body work. The interior will boast custom upholstery. A tasteful mix of leather and Alcantara. For instance with custom seat inserts and new foam contouring.


Custom upholstery for cars

The interior will see an almost full material change, custom seat embroidery and much more. Some work has been done in 3D design, with rapid prototyping and milling. We are able to do 3D scanning and printing and work with CNC too. Although in this case we specifically decided to do as much as possible by hand. The old fashioned way! This links beautifully with the type of car we’re working on. We can install high-end car audio too, however, the custom speaker of this car is enclosed under the bonnet! The V12 will be all the driver needs. We opt for the highest quality of screen printing for the custom dials. The tiny lines indicating speed or RPM will not be a flat, printed line. They are silver elements. After production they are polished. The needles are painted.

Breadvan_update_066: Bespoke dials

Custom clocks

The binnacle on the dashboard features our uniquely designed dials. Therefore, they elevate the entire interior. The production of a dial for the Breadvan Hommage requires a lot of skills and craftsmanship. So, our suppliers use only high quality materials. They work with absolute accuracy. The highest level of finishing. As a result, this allows for the best look. And razor sharp details. Consequently, Niels van Roij Design works together with the best dial makers within the industry. Traditional, manually operated machines are used. These are combined with highly accurate modern devices. In other words, the dials will be high quality and stylish. So, they will give a lasting impression. The design of the bespoke dials is a combination of modernism with a classical touch. Each dial in the dashboard is redesigned. So, this is resulting in dials like timepieces. Unique and distinctive.


A movement for purists – Bespoke dials

From the outset, Niels van Roij Design always envisaged the Breadvan Hommage dials to appeal to the most discerning of collectors. For instance, it was imperative that the interior was befitting from great dials. Appealing to the exacting requirements of purists. For example, the solid silver elements are machine made. Then, they are hand-finished. Afterwards the dials are evincing a brilliant gleam. While the centres deliver a sublime contrast with their black surfaces. The dials exhibit a contemporary character. Their fonts pay reverence to fine automobile and racing car tradition. In other words, similar ideas were found in classic racing cars. However, the Breadvan Hommage dials take this look into the future. Inspired by the past. Not dictated by it: the surface of the dials is black, with a very subtle grain. The white font is clearly contrasting. Clean and easy to read.


Hand-made dails with bespoke hands

To fit with the concept of the design of the Breadvan Hommage, the hands are painted white. After the painting process the hands are manually attached to the hubs. The arms, in combined with all other design ideas on the dials, give the clocks their final appearance. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So, when all elements are put together they clearly show the Niels van Roij Design eye for detail. Italian horsepower is translated into fonts. Into colours, materials. Into car design. Each dial styled as a modern piece of jewellery. They will all feature Italian text. So, km/ora on the speedo. And acqua, or oilio, and benzina. Giri and barra olio on the others. Then there is “che importa” on the clock. Italian for “Who cares”. Because, when driving in the Breadvan Hommage: who cares about the time!

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Robbert Moree
Luuk van Kaathoven

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