Breadvan_update_003: Acquiring the base car
High-end V12 base car from Italy
Welcome to the actual base car our team will convert into the #BreadvanHommage. This bright red front-engined, rear-wheel drive beauty was the choice of our patron for designing and coachbuilding his Breadvan Hommage dream. The award winning GT is a truly unique piece of automotive design.
The grand tourer was built from 1996 to 2001. It marked the brands return to a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout for its 2-seater 12-cylinder models, 23 years after they replaced the last car featuring this layout by a mid-engined sportscar.
An upgraded version arrived in 2002, which was deliberately not chosen as a base vehicle for this project – as the manual gearbox in the pre life cycle update was a must-have and the styling changes also weren’t favoured by the client.
The front-engine, rear-wheel drive transaxle layout, with the 6-speed gearbox located at the rear axle together with the limited slip differential is a fantastic setup for our Breadvan Hommage. The tubular steel space frame chassis, to which the aluminium body panels were soldered by the manufacturer, a great base for this coachbuilding project.
Carbon fibre optional extra
The specific car bought by the client features specific gems like the optional carbon fibre race bucket seats and is equipped with a full black leather interior and -of course- the lovely H-pattern manual gearbox.
Before the car will be disassembled and eventually stripped of its aluminium body by the coachbuilder – all the way down to the tubular steel space frame – we will first look at the hard points and possibilities. This step is crucial in the process, as it will show the design team, coachbuilding team and client what the possibilities are, which implication changes might have to the structure of the base vehicle and which methodology to use for this one-off bespoke motorcar conversion.