Breadvan_update_004: Looking at the hardpoints
Last week we showed the first photos of the actual base car our coachbuilding team will convert into the #BreadvanHommage.
The design process of our patron’s idea
Before being able to start the design process of our patron’s idea, there is an important meeting to be held: the team comes together to discuss the so called hard points. These hardpoints include the rigid, non-adjustable items such as suspension mounts, A-pillar base, structural safety elements and crash structures. The team also discusses the possibilities the V12 base vehicle offers to our design and coachbuilding team. This meeting is key to establish all different roads the project can take.
Car design tape
With highly flexible black car design tape -normally used on clay models in car design studios- which comes in a large variety of different thicknesses, we highlighted all different options directly on the body. These possibilities, hardpoints, potential bottlenecks and other probable issues the team could run into whilst designing and coachbuilding the motorcar- form a grid we will work with or around. In some cases certain elements are eliminated by removal or re-location. A good example is the intake on the wing located at the driver side of the vehicle. This intake feeds fresh air to a radiator located in the wing, going to an oil-cooler. This vent will be deleted all together and the radiator located to the side of the panel behind the window of the driver, which will boasts intakes reminiscent of the original Breadvan race car.
Space for creativity
Simultatiously technicians have started dismantling the car: removing glazing from the Italian bodywork and deleting the easy to reach interior components, such as carpeting and panels, upholstery and covers. The team progressed quickly and therefor even had time to make the very first slice into the gorgeous body of the motorcar. This always is a special moment, as from that point forward there is no turning back!
The cut that was made was slicing out the metal cover of the fuel tank. The tank is placed directly behind the seats, contributing to the near 50/50 weight distribution of this Italian sportscar. Clearing away these items helps the team’s manoeuvrability in and around the car and reveals key elements of the space frame we have to work with.
This first cut however, is only a tiny one. As this fourth episode of the Breadvan_update is the very last time you can enjoy the lovely shapes of the base vehicle. The exterior has not been touched this time, but next week the team will start removing even more panels from its lustrous body.