Vandenbrink Design

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Vandenbrink Design
Type Private[1]
Industry Automotive
Founded Netherlands (2006)
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Services Custom design and coachbuilding
Website www.vandenbrinkdesign.com

Vandenbrink Design is a Netherlands-based automotive design and coachbuilding company, founded in 2006 by Michiel van den Brink and Robert Koumans.[1]

Cars[edit]

In 2006, Van den Brink introduced a plan to design and build a special coachbuilt Ferrari.[2][3] The artist impression of a modern-day GTO, to be based on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was well received by the press,[4][5] prompting Vandenbrink Design to develop and build the design.[6] Soon after, the company announced it was working on two other Ferrari-based designs, the Vandenbrink GT Convertible, based on the 599 GTB Fiorano and a shooting-brake version of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

Currently[when?] the company is working on the "Vandenbrink GTO", a tribute to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, based on the underpinnings of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Aluminium coachbuilding will be performed by Hietbrink Coachbuilding (Haaksbergen, Netherlands).[7]

In July 2009, Vandenbrink announced development of the Fra Mauro, a carbon fiber-bodied coach apparently based on the Spyker C8 Spyder chassis and featuring a mid-engine 4.2 litre V8 layout. Production numbers have yet to be determined.[8]

In April 2010, the time came for Van den Brink to continue his business as an independent designer, leaving Vandenbrink Design BV to his business partner Robert Koumans, who will continue the development of the GTO, while Michiel will create new designs under the "Atelier Michiel van den Brink" name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vandenbrink GT Convertible". Car Body Design. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Michiel van den Brink interview". PistonHeads. 2006-11-17. 
  3. ^ "The fine art of Coachbuilding". Luxury-insider.com. March 2007. 
  4. ^ "Top 10 coachbuilt supercars". Autoblog. 2007-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Is this the world's sexiest Ferrari?". Auto Trader UK. 
  6. ^ "Vandenbrink 599 GTO will be built but not by Ferrari". Autoblog. 2007-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Vandenbrink 599 GTO". Supercars.net. 2007-05-24. 
  8. ^ "Current Projects". Vandenbrink Design. 2009-07-28.