Dinkel talks to cardesigner Michiel van den Brink and finds

Dinkel talks to cardesigner Michiel van den Brink and finds

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dinkel

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Tuesday 31st October 2006
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The Vandenbrink Design company is go!

In the dynamic world of cardesign some of the good old times are coming back. I'm not talking about retro-design but about individuals setting up their own business eager to make a distinctive mark in the automotive landscape. Known guns like Henrik Fisker (stop that music!), ex-Pininfarina's Ken Okuyama, ex-Spyker's Maarten de Bruijn and Marek Djordjevic of Rolls-Royce fame preceded young Dutch talent Michiel van den Brink (28) in starting up their own business.



In the golden days carrozzeria's like Zagato, Touring, Bertone and Frua (and of course other European and American names, but those Italian names sound so damn good) bodied Ferrari's, Maserati's, Lancia's and Fiats to look even more gorgeous than the original cars. Those times are coming back with unique designs made to fit excisting chassis / underpinnings. Recent example's like the Glickenhaus Pininfarina P4/5 and the Ferrari 575 GT Zero by Zagato indicate there's a market for bespoke cars just like that.

A few weeks ago I met Michiel van den Brink, who recently started the Vandenbrink Design company together with Robert Koumans. Together they form a solid basis for high-end automotive and industrial design.
Their initial focus is on the realisation of Vandenbrink GTO which was conceived as the 'Ferrari 599 GTO Mugello' concept study. Actual coachbuilding will be performed in cooperation with well-known Ferrari specialist and coachbuilder Hietbrink in the Netherlands. Vandenbrink Design also offers design talent and services to established and emerging car manufacturers and industrial product manufacturers.



I asked Michiel van den Brink to tell us about his philosophies and visions.

"There are a lot of talented guys out there drawing extreme shapes, dramatic lines and unrealistic proportions, with immense big wheels and cockpits that could barely make a person fit. But at the end of the day there's reality, saying "how on earth can we produce a thing like it?" Allways a huge disappointment for the designer when his 'brilliant' ideas are torn to pieces or watered down.

To prevent this from happening and don't waste to much time I start off with the possible techniques and human use in mind.
The real challenge is to make realistic designs very beautifull with the use of today's techniques and regulations. Those were and always will be stipulating the shape and construction of automotive designs. You may dream in your sleep.



For me it's a constant search for balance: the rules and restrictions make it almost impossible to use ornaments and it's also an immense challenge to create a sleek and slim nose. It has become the big brands common practise to create cars that are everybody's friend. They certainly don't hurt no one. But do they really appeal or float our boats? That's why I like very much TVR's consistent form-follows-function approach. The purity and clarity of their cars make distinct statements and point out the drivers' individuality.
I think, but that's a bit of a bold statement to make, nowadays only small carbrands like TVR, Lotus and Marcos can or will make cool and really uncompromized cars.

The kind of designs I like are Pininfarina's, Astons, TVR's and such. Designs that don't hesitate to quote the past and why wouldn't they. It think it would be an insult for the grandmasters of the past not to. Recent projects like the G'haus P4/5 are the type of projects we like and can make happen. There's a vast group of sportscar enthusiasts and collectioneurs who'll want a car like that. Our 'Ferrari 599 GTO Mugello' concept study gained big international interest. Obviously there's a market. With our selected partners Hietbrink Coachbuilding and NAIT Media Ventures BV we can make such dreamcars become reality. The Vandenbrink GTO is an evolution of the Mugello-concept. I'm very happy we have such a fabulous kick-off and actually produce our GTO now.



What we also have in mind is to do limited editions on existing platforms. Just like the old days when you had the Maserati 3500 GT for example, with Touring or Vignale or Frua bodies. But the dream to come true would be total involvement in a new productionmodel.

About TVR, since PH is a TVR-enthusiast place to be, I think it would be a good thing to produce a series of specials based on one identical basis. TVR could offer a diversity / range of models and increase sales that way. It's just a thought that'll meet our skills."

I can only hope it's not too late and one day they could discuss possibilities and share their views.

Cheers, Dink

hag

1,378 posts

179 months

Tuesday 31st October 2006
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Good article Dink,

love the concepts, hope the reality is as good as the idea.

hag.

BossCerbera

8,188 posts

201 months

Tuesday 31st October 2006
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Nice one Albert!

slinky

15,704 posts

207 months

Wednesday 1st November 2006
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Another great writeup A.

Keep them coming..

slinky

VetteG

3,236 posts

202 months

Wednesday 1st November 2006
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Good one Dink, I love his Ferraricloud9

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LuS1fer

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203 months

Wednesday 1st November 2006
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Nice Donkevoort. They could call it the Prowler or something....no, wait...
The rest are stunning though.

gumballer

973 posts

184 months

Wednesday 1st November 2006
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very good and interesting article Albert, cheers.

ASBO

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172 months

Wednesday 1st November 2006
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Am I the only one here who thinks those designs are crap? dont get me wrong, the guy has some talent, but they seem somewhat contrived in their execution rather than looking effortless like you might hope

klassiekerrally

2,543 posts

213 months

Wednesday 1st November 2006
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ASBO said:
Am I the only one here who thinks those designs are crap?

yes tumbleweed

GTRene

11,776 posts

182 months

Wednesday 1st November 2006
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I realy love Michiel's cardesignsyes also this one I have not seen before;

this could be the new small Ferrari the new Dino...or maybe the new Ginetta G12, would also like to see something like this going into productionyes
Nice thread Dink
GTRene


Edited by GTRene on Wednesday 1st November 13:39

dinkel

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Thursday 2nd November 2006
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hag said:
Good article Dink,

love the concepts, hope the reality is as good as the idea.

hag.


Thanx.

He's working on it.

shout Michiel, can you give us an update?

Twin Turbo

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224 months

Friday 3rd November 2006
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Stunning designs.

If the rumoured new Dino ends up being front-engined, then I hope Ferrari make the F430 replacement looks a little more like this:



However, when I win the Euro Millons jackpot tonight, I want one of these:

GTRene

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Friday 3rd November 2006
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When those beautiful looking cars look the same in the real world I want them all its hard to decide to choose from such nice designs...I only can hope we will see a lot of them coming to life...well done Michiel
GTRene

Twin Turbo

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Tuesday 7th November 2006
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Seems theres a bit of competition out there for a future-retro Dino




Edited by Twin Turbo on Tuesday 7th November 16:33

dinkel

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Tuesday 7th November 2006
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Oe, that's a nice one as well . . .

Twin Turbo

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Tuesday 7th November 2006
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FYI, image taken from the forum over at www.italiaspeed.com

dinkel

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Saturday 11th November 2006
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klassiekerrally

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Saturday 11th November 2006
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Cool, isn't it?! I just can't wait...

dinkel

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Sunday 12th November 2006
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Carbon or alu?

michiel mobiel

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Sunday 12th November 2006
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dinkel said:
Carbon or alu?

Both.

The first one will be handcrafted out of aluminum.
Carbon will be an option later.