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”.


Weekly updates

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_064: car personalization programme

Build your own dream car

All Niels van Roij Design coachbuilt cars deliver a unique emotional impact. In the early days, owners had huge freedom of choice in terms of the design of their motorcar. Ranging from fabrics, leathers, woods, colours and finishes of their cars. Therefore, these efforts were resulting in genuinely one-off creations. So, tailored minutely to their individual desires and tastes. Nowadays many manufacturers offer their customers a range of programmes that enable details of their car to be tailored according to personal taste. However, proper hand constructed cars, designed and configured exactly around customers’ requirements is extremely hard to come by. As a result, the Niels van Roij Design offering is unique. In other words, you can choose any car and model as a blanc canvas and build your own personal. Consequently, this type of customisation opens new spaces. Above all, the exclusive service is for those customers who want to customise each element of their car for a perfect fit.


Car design atelier

For example, through our design services the client of the Breadvan Hommage reflects his sporting soul. Certainly, this car is a mix between heritage and innovation. For instance, this specific customer takes inspiration from car heritage from the ‘60’s. He has, with us, adapted the exterior and interior design according to his own taste. Meanwhile the final renders seen on this page show he has been given maximum freedom of choice with regard to the shapes he prefers. Thus enabling an unprecedented level of exclusivity to be achieved. In other words, a true one-off car. So, with our partners we designed and constructed a range of new solutions. Therefore the base car will look like nothing else. Consequently this conversion is extensive. For instance, only the windshield will stay OEM. A truly exclusive design. It namely is the result of continuous design experimentation and the influence of both classic cars and new trends from the automotive industry.


Car colour without compromise

The car will soon receive its paint. We will show you the process of this through the coming updates. As all of our cars, our Breadvan Hommage will be hand-painted. And we will be achieving a mirror-like finish. This takes hours of meticulous sanding and hand-polishing. When it comes to the overall finish of this coachbuilt motorcar, there really are no compromises. Painstaking precision is vital for this. Achieving the flawless red colour and piano-shine finish is nothing short of extraordinary. Precision is a significant factor behind the success of the paintwork. And that level of perfection is never easy to achieve. The customer commissioning the Breadvan Hommage dares to push our bespoke team. He asked our team to create a colour that matched the bright red of classic Italian sportscars. With only a very subtle twist.

Breadvan_update_063: bespoke car design

Car design

For our one-off coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage we are exploring a see-through bonnet scoop, or hood scoop integrated on the top of the bonnet. Sometimes these known as airdams. This is an upraised intake installed on the hood our Breadvan Hommage. The original Breadvan had one, so we are looking into which design to install one on our Breadvan Hommage. The bonnet scoop allows a flow of air to directly enter the engine compartment. This was much needed for the original Breadvan. For our car the flow of air will be mainly needed to cool the V12 engine down by letting fresh air in and hot air out. The bonnet scoop that will be made has now been chosen. It is subtle and visually sunk into the bonnet. A small faceted edge defines the shape of the bonnet.


Car design for coachbuilding

For the Breadvan Hommage every single body panel of the base vehicle is changed. This means every element, except for the windscreen. At the front, for example, a redesign of the fenders is executed. Also the bonnet is heavily changed. It features two new intakes on the lower edge of the bonnet. These two will not just be there for looks. The two large nostrils in the lower section of the bonnet will improve cooling of the V12 engine. 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. This will make the two air intakes not only look great, but function equally well. Car design: form follows function.


One-off car design

The two intake elements will be sculpturally integrated into the metal. A proper integrated look, rather than cut out holes into the body. This is similar to the air vents at the side of the Breadvan Hommage, on the fenders. Those behind the driver on the side of the car are also very sculptural, featuring facetted edges and curved panels. Even the headlights are specifically designed and made for this car too. We considered using the original lamps, which just did not look good enough. We have also discussed using different OEM lamps. However, these headlights are designed for this car. In other words: these are not carry-over parts. They are more narrow and make space used for the two air intakes. Also the original front bumper is completely changed. And the front bumper intakes and graphics are re-designed completely.

Breadvan_update_062: hood scoop design

Hood scoop design proposals

Last week we shared a selection of different iterations for the coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage hood scoop. Today another selection of different proposals for the owner of the car to review. These are shaped rather radically. Last week were more tuned down ideas. As a result, these are bigger, whilst also the aesthetics are more outspoken. They take a large surface of the bonnet. The bonnet scoop on the first proposal features more square shapes. The dome is similar in shape compared to the nostrils. No openings in the front of this design. This rectangular shaped hood scoop is visually sunk into the hood. A small faceted edge defines the shape. It continues to the windshield, where warm air can escape. The chamfer and V-shape corresponds with the general bonnet volume.


Breadvan Hommage car design renders

The second proposal is a special dome. This basically is an air scoop. Similar to many sportcars. This is there to take in air and cool down the engine. Alternatively the air can be fed into the engine. This design is soft and the more subtle version of those shown today. In the front of the dome the intake hole can be seen. This features the same shapes, volumes and even mesh will be used in the grille of the Breadvan Hommage. It will also be seen in the nostrils and the air vents on the wings of the car and the rear fenders. Consistency in design means similar shapes, volumes, lines and materials for details. The unique feature of this air intake obviously is its see-through effect. The best of both worlds: a very special design feature both visually and technically fitting.


Coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage hood scoop

The third option shown today is a square shaped hood scoop. This does not extend to the windscreen. Two cooling holes on the left and right in the dome can be seen. These are a reference to the original car. Bold and outspoken in its design, these two holes are larger at the front compared to the back. The overall shape is made linking to famous race cars and heritage models. All three ideas above link to the actual possibilities. This means the OEM bonnet structure will be used. This can be seen on the fourth and last image. As we are using this, all designs will have to fit within this shape. Working like this means the car does not need a completely newly designed and engineered bonnet. The looks will be completely different to the OEM base vehicle, whilst keeping its technical rigidity.

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Robbert Moree
Luuk van Kaathoven

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