Niels van Roij Design is making progress on the unique build.
Following the launch of its one-off Ferrari 550 Maranello Breadvan tribute, Niels van Roij Design announced that its next project would be to reincarnate the original Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Shooting Brake; a coachbuilt classic that was a standout design of the 1970s. Almost a year later, the team now has an update for us on this project, based on a Ferrari 599 GTB and modified to take on a far more vintage take than Ferrari's own shooting brake, the GTC4Lusso.
Niels van Roij Design has revealed a selection of images that allow us to have a good look at how far its Daytona Shooting Brake Hommage is coming along. After a 12 month styling and clay full-model construction, approval was granted by the client who commissioned the build. The team has now gotten started on hand-crafting a series of aluminum panels that are being applied to the donor car.
The firm says that it is freely showing off its process because the client doesn't want to mimic the secrecy that is often found with prominent manufacturers. The goal of this step-by-step update is to provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy the unique fabrication process. As you can see, the changes being made to the donor car are significant. The only panels that have been left untouched are the windscreen and doors.
The shark-nose front will be a distinctive design cue of the car which is a tribute to the original model. This features a reshaped front bumper, fenders, and a bespoke horizontal ochre light bar. The roofline has been lengthened from the windscreen to the rear hatch and incorporates a new B-pillar. Adding a special element to the design are the remote-controlled butterfly side windows.
Niels van Roij notes that the rear end of the shooting brake was particularly hard to form as the classical lines had to merge with the car's modern platform. The rear window is fixed deep into the frame to further dramatize the rear. A sense of brutality is added by the rear fenders which have been formed to portray a modern supercar feel.
There's no due date on when we can expect the Daytona Shooting Brake Hommage to be complete but as they say, you cannot rush art. Given that this is likely to be a costly commission for the unnamed client, we are also sure that there is no request to rush the construction.