• Breadvan Ferrari

Breadvan Hommage Takes Clay Shapes

The project, from London studio Niels van Roij Design, has now reached full-scale clay model.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams March 13, 2019

The modern take on the classic Breadvan Ferrari is a few steps closer to reality. The project, from London studio Niels van Roij Design, has now reached full-scale clay model.

Niels van Roij Design is a London-based (that’s old London, not Ontario London) studio that has completed projects in the past like a Tesla Model S Wagon and a Rolls-Royce Wagon. Just in case you think they only work on wagons, they’ve also done a future London Taxi concept that is, well, more of a hatchback.

Now the firm, led by Neils van Roij, is working on what it calls the Breadvan Hommage.

The Breadvan Ferrari was built in 1961. A privateer racer in a dispute with Enzo Ferrari took a 250 GT SWB and had newer and more aerodynamic bodywork fitted. Today, the 1962 race winner is still involved in vintage racing despite being worth the better part of $100 million.

In honour of that classic, van Roij is building a modern interpretation. We’ve already talked about the desires and motivations behind the project, and now it’s time to show off some of the progression.

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The renderings of the car have been completed. Typically for renderings, they show a vehicle that would be difficult if not impossible to send to production. But the details that make mass production unfeasable don’t have the same impact on a one-off like this. When you’re only building one of a component, the gloves can come off.

Now it’s time to turn the rendering into a full-scale model. Because while on-screen looks are great, the car needs to work in the real world. “A car is a complex and three dimensional object which has to look right from all angles and under different light circumstances,” said van Roij. “Like the sketching, the modelling process is iterative and the Breadvan Hommage will be reshaped many times over to get the proportions and surfacing exactly spot on.”

To build the clay model, they’ve added a rear structure to the base car. What looks to be a Ferrari 550, rather than the slightly newer 575m. That car came from the factory with a 5.5L V12 and 478 hp.

Once the rear structure is in place, the clay can be moulded, shaped, and re-shaped until the proportions and curves are just right. Van Roij says that the proportions are now correct, which means it’s time to explore the surfacing of the car and the details like air vents and headlights.

The company will continue to post weekly updates on the progress of the modern Breadvan Hommage.