Breadvan Hommage


Breadvan Hommage

Breadvan_update_051: car design for coachbuilding

From clay model to paper mould

An overview of the coachbuilding work so far. The first step is to sign off the shape of the bodywork in clay. The forms of the model are made based on our design and carefully curated. Design and coachbuilding working in sync to make and fine-tune the clay model. After finishing the clay, the next step is to convert this model into the same exact shape in aluminium. Most noteworthy: the craft of making a bespoke car body will now come into play! Above all it is important volumes, lines and surfaces will be carefully duplicated. Of course the aluminium panels have to exactly match the clay model. Proportions, surfacing and jewellery of this bespoke commission have been delicately refined. None of this sophistication can be lost. Consequently, the clay should thus be translated exactly into aluminium. Including all the fine details and surface transitions.


Like a tailor made suit

Coachbuilder Bas could opt for a paper mould to do this. Similarly to how a tailor made suit is made, for instance. The different flat parts sewn together, make the three-dimensional suit. However, getting the complex geometry and form information into a paper mould is near impossible. An alternative is making steel moulds. These can also be used as a base for beating the aluminium into place. Unfortunately this is costly. And the metal moulds will not be reused, because this is a one-of car. Applying two layers of tape on the clay crosswise is generating a similar type of mould. First Bas has meticulously applied the tapes on the body. Then he carefully removed the tape sandwich as one unit. With that capturing the shape of the Breadvan Hommage. Through these moulds the coachbuilder has enough information on the shapes. Therefore he can now precisely copy the mould in aluminium.


Design for Coachbuilding

Bas hand makes every sweeping line from flat sheets of aluminium. To achieve volumes out of a flat sheet, he can actually only do three things. He can stretch, shrink and bend the sheets. He does this manually as well as with machines. He starts with roughly giving this sheet the correct contour. The tape template made earlier is used for this. The correct order of each and every operation of shaping is of paramount importance. After meticulously planning every step of the way, the coachbuilder will stick to this. Each action on the material is followed by a reaction. To make the curvaceous body of the Breadvan Hommage is to discuss. The work is based on our design sketches. Together we continuously discuss how to make the car look best. How does the light react on the surface transitions? Which design feature can be made even stronger?

Breadvan_update_050: bespoke, one-off car design

Bespoke one-off car design

We’re showing the very first ideation sketches of the project. These are the initial ideas. Thoughts being put on paper. It is a great privilege to work on this car design commission. Furthermore, the task to translate the essence of the legendary original into a contemporary design is interesting. The base car for the dream project is historically significant. Moreover, it conceptually is an exceptional match for our coachbuilding conversion. So, whilst we will remodel the complete car, we also honour the base vehicle. Our intention is to use a modern aesthetic. Boasting its very own timeless character. The design will feature soft, gentleman racer looks. Breadvan Hommage will be a respectful yet un-nostalgic homage to the past. The team is confident this coachbuilt motorcar will be a great addition to the garage of the patron.


Automotive design

These initial sketches show the search for the right proportions and outline. Also, the experiment on an interesting application of the graphical elements. Amongst these graphics are the windows. Also, air intakes on the front fender. And those on the side panel and rear fender. They are all equally important. These graphics will define interesting new character for our Breadvan Hommage. Last but not least the rake of the back. The rear end of the Breadvan has to be modernised. We will translate it all into a more sculptural expression. We’re aiming at creating sophisticated shapes, surfacing and volumes. The design team is interconnecting volumes on most of these thumbnail sketch proposals. By locking several graphics together the consistency of the design improves dramatically. The homogeneous looks we are after, ensure a great overall aesthetic.


One-off car design

Then the more refined renderings. The side vents will be rich in their surfacing. Including facets tilting inwards of the body. In a soft but significant manner these will catch light. Due to the extended horizontal lines, they add length and speed to the car. Despite their vertical shape they therefor won’t solely emphasize height. These horizontal shapes link with the character lines featured on the new fender vents. The renders are to present the car in a more refined way. These are sketched to a higher resolution. The shapes are now easier to read. In case of the Breadvan Hommage, some of the renderings are printed full size. As such they are used for taking measurements, by the coachbuilder. Concepts conceived as ideation sketches are brought to life in the renderings. They truly show the bespoke, unique lines. But even at this phase the experiment has not yet ended.

Breadvan_update_049: car design bespoke dashboard

Renderings for a bespoke dashboard

The OEM interior of the Breadvan Hommage base car is a great place to be. However, it needs change to become a truly one-off bespoke dashboard. The colours and materials of the base car interior are too simple: black on black. Firstly, it needs to match with the exterior design theme. Secondly, we will make the vehicle more outspoken. Many detailed renderings of unique interior changes were made. These drawings showcase the possibilities. It forms the fundament for our enhancements. We’ve designed different themes. The blue Alcantara is now applied to the interior. A bold choice by our daring client. It is featuring both subtle customisations and more bold car design statements. Exquisite individual details are specifically important in a one-off motorcar interior. On a close and personal level people interact with a car interior. Specifically a bespoke interior. Moreover, the tactile experiences are of paramount importance for that reason.


Leather and Alcantara door panels

Upholstery specialist Sjoerd works by the best of automotive traditions. As this one-off motorcar is based on a vintage racer, the team has a lot to live up to. Therefore, our Breadvan Hommage is the automotive equivalent of haute couture. The artisanship of the craftspeople will evident in every detail. This commissioned motorcar will boast a bespoke interior design. Subsequently, this means everything will be hand-tailored. As mentioned, visual clutter will be removed. For instance, the lower door panel is stripped. The map pockets have gone. A visually simple arm is designed for the door. It will support driver and passenger in the more spirited driving experiences. The grab handle on the door will also be removed. This will be cleaning up the design even further. We will integrate the top unit of the arm rest in the design, so it’s not a separate part.


Embroidered logo in headrests: car interior design

The details are not the details. Therefore, the headrests feature elegant embroidered logos. This is a subtle and creative decoration. Depicturing the outline of the Breadvan Hommage. Captured in only a few striking lines. Embedded in the Alcantara of the seat. This is one of the most beautiful materials, straight from the world of racing. This subtle ornamental aspect in the hand-made seats showcase the eye for detail. We design the interior with the same attention as the exterior. For instance, Beautiful, tactile and flawless materials. They help making the interior come alive. Niels van Roij Design leaves every patron a completely free hand to choose. For example, from the option of colours to the layout of gauges. And even the application of extraordinary materials. Everything is possible. An exclusive character is ensured.

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Robbert Moree
Luuk van Kaathoven

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