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.