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Coronavirus Shutdowns: Lamborghini, Ferrari and Rolex Factory Closures

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Anyone waiting on a Lamborghini, Ferrari or a Rolex will have to wait just that little longer courtesy of the widespread effects of coronavirus as factories are temporarily shut down.

In response to governmental coronavirus policies issued by their home countries, large luxury manufacturers like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti, Bentley and Rolex have announced a temporary halt in production until the end of the month to ensure the safety of staff (and in some cases manage supply chain issues caused as a by-product of the shut downs).

Lamborghini announced the closure of its factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese Italy effective March 13 until March 25 2020.

Lamborghini factory closures caused by governmental coronavirus covid-19 policies.
Tools down at the Manifattura Lamborghini. Credit: Volkswagen AG

Commenting on the closure, Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini said, “This measure is an act of social responsibility and high sensibility towards our people, in the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves right now in Italy and which is also evolving abroad due to the worldwide spread of Coronavirus. As we have done up until now, we continue to monitor the situation in order to react rapidly and with the right flexibility, in collaboration with our people and in order to restart with energy in the right moment.”

Likewise, Ferrari will be halting all production at its Maranello and Modena factories until March 27 with Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri announcing in a press release on Saturday, “At a time like this, my gratitude goes first and foremost to Ferrari’s women and men who, with their tremendous commitment over the past few days, have demonstrated the passion and dedication that defines our marque. Together with our suppliers, they have ensured the company’s production. And it is out of our respect for them, for their peace of mind and those of their families that we have decided on this course of action.”

Ferrari’s course of action is in support of governmental directives but is also directly influenced by the “serious supply chain issues which no longer allow for continued production”.

Over at Pagani Automobili, production has been suspended for the next week and the museum and factory tours at their Italian headquarters have also been suspended until April 3 2020

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have announced they will be continuing on at their Goodwood based manufacturing site until Monday 23 March after which they will take two weeks break which will be followed by an already planned two week Easter maintenance shutdown.

Also noted is that “the day-to-day operations of the company will be assured by non-production employees who will remain at work at the company’s head office on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex or who will work from home on a rotational basis.  Social distancing measures have been introduced throughout the company.”

Bugatti suspends production 20th March 2020
Bugatti suspends production 20th March 2020. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has suspending production of its hyper sports cars in Molsheim from March 20th, 2020. The various necessary regulations implemented by European governments to combat the COVID-19 pandemic make it impossible, amongst other things, to maintain the supply chain of production and spare parts. In addition, it is almost impossible to deliver vehicles completed in the Atelier to their owners due to the travel restrictions. Bugatti supports the regulations that have been implemented by European governments as well as the recommendations of health experts and will intensify the measures already taken.

Bentley Motors suspends production from 20th March 2020
Bentley suspends production from 20th March 2020. Credit: Bentley Motors

Bentley Motors will suspend production from March 20th, 2020 at its Crewe, UK, factory headquarters for four weeks.

“This decision is based on the accelerated rate of infection by coronavirus and understandable restrictions applied, the resulting interruptions in supply chain that will soon be seen, as well as declining demand on some automotive markets.  But most importantly the decision is to protect the health of Bentley’s many colleagues, their families and communities.” Bentley Motors

Meanwhile in Geneva, Swiss watchmaker Rolex can’t seem to catch a break, first with the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix earlier this month (of which they are the naming rights sponsor) and now Rolex Chief Executive Jean-Frédéric Dufour announcing the closing of operations in Geneva, Bienne and Crissier until March 27 2020.

Hublot have also officially announced they will be temporarily closing the production site until further notice stating “Due to the global spread of COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, and in order to protect the health and well-being of our staff and their families, we have decided to temporarily close our Manufacture’s production site until further notice.
We are confident in our ability to collectively rise to meet new challenges and will overcome this crisis, together.”

Watchmaker Patek Philippe has chosen to pause there monthly episodes posted to social media for March and will also be closing its headquarters and production sites until March 27.

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Lamborghini To Recall 26 Aventador SVJ’s Due To Faulty Door Locks

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Lamborghini set to recall 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadsters produced between December 2019 and January 2020 to replace a possible faulty door locking mechanism.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself the owner of a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe or Roadster, then you may also be unlucky enough to have to hand it back to your local Lamborghini Dealer….but only for a short time to check if they need to replace a possible faulty door lock.

You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini
You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini

In a Safety Recall Report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lamborghini have identified the possibility that 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadster produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may be at risk of having a faulty door locking mechanism.

 According to the report, in January 2020 during end of line quality checks Lamborghini verified a few cases of non-operative internal door handles. An internal investigation was launched to determine the root cause and results revealed there’s a 40% chance additional vehicles produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may also present with the same issue over time.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini

The defect was caused by a “non-properly trained new operator” who may not have “correctly engaged the Bowden cable pin inside the internal door handles during the manual assembly step of the components.”

The possible risk caused from this human error is that “over time the internal door handle mechanism may fail and the door cannot be unlocked from the inside, posing an entrapment risk. This failure could lead to the inability to operate the handles from inside the vehicle with a safety risk in case of emergency.”

Lamborghini did note that the outside handles operation are guaranteed by a different component and its functionality is not affected, ensuring it is still possible to open the doors normally from the outside.

Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini
Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe and Roadsters of concern for recall have a VIN range of ZHWUM6ZD4LLA09411 – ZHWUN6ZD1LLA09511 (not sequential) so if you’ve taken delivery of a Lamborghini between December 2019 and now it might be worth checking your VIN.

Lamborghini plans to notify all owners of affected vehicles between May 1 2020 – June 1 2020 and will instruct them to arrange an appointment with their authorized Lamborghini dealer so that the whole internal door handle can be replaced free of charge.

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Stephan Winklemann Explains the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport in Detail

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Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and colleagues explain the finer details of the new €3 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport revealed earlier this month.

Leading a presentation from Bugatti’s stately headquarters at the Château St. Jean and Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim earlier this month, President Stephen Winklemann was joined by Managing Director of Production and Logistics Christophe Piochon, Head of Development Stefan Ellrot and Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl as they elaborated on the aspects that make the Chiron Pur Sport what it is.

All the Bug’s lined up at Château St. Jean. Credit: Bugatti

Standing alongside the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport and Bugatti’s most recent offerings, the “Golden Era inspired” La Voiture Noir, the EB110 inspired Centodieci and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+, Stephan Winklemann introduced the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti

Speaking on the overall design, Stephan referenced the immediate visual points of difference from the original Chiron, beginning with the large rear wing and massive rear diffuser before moving onto the larger air intakes at the front of the car that help to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce.

The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti
The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti

Focusing on the wheel design, Stephan noted the wheels have “negative camber of 2.5 degrees” (meaning the bottom of the specially designed tyres sit further out than at the top), with springs 60% stiffer compared to the Chiron and gear ratio shortened by 18%, which improves the elasticity of the car by 40%. This combined with an overall weight reduction and a weight to power ratio of 1:1.8 means the Chiron Pur Sport is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds.

Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti

Commenting on the technical aspects of the Chiron Pur Sport, Bugatti’s Head of Development Stefan Ellrot drew attention to the fact that “the W16 engine has been increased maximum revs 200rpm leading to 6900rpm (in total), which fits together with the gearbox with the shortened gear ratios and all 7 gears, optimizing acceleration but more importantly, increasing the elasticity up to 40-45% which you can feel immediately when driving the car.”

Frank Heyl - Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti
Frank Heyl – Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti

Reflecting on the finer aesthetic details of the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl was quick to again emphasize “form follows performance”, noting that the front air takes of the Pur Sport have been increased and the horseshoe design enlarged significantly to make it look more aggressive while assisting aerodynamics and being careful not to detract from the overall performance.

At the rear of the car, the unmissable 1.9 meter rear wing has been designed to help counterbalance the increased downforce created by the front of the car and visually speaking, a new horizontal split has been introduced that acts to reduce the visual height of the car, making it appear lower to the ground and more streamlined.

Production of the 60 limited edition Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s is expected to begin second half of 2020 with prices starting at €3 million excluding VAT.

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New Rolls-Royce Roadster: The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection

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Rolls-Royce embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties by introducing its first Collection Car of the new decade, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.
Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection side profile sketch
A profile sketch of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • New Rolls-Royce open-top roadster
  • Limited to 50 examples
  • An ode to the 1920’s

The 1920’s are frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” while in Europe they’re sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age” because of the economic boom following World War I. In France you may hear the period referred to as the “Crazy Years”.

The Roaring Twenties were a period in history of dramatic social and political change. For the first time ever, more Americans lived in cities than on farms.Some countries saw the rise of radical political movements while others had a social, artistic, and cultural explosion.

America, for one, tried to assert some control over the unruly immigrant masses who crowded the nation’s cities with the Prohibition. This was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection top view sketch
Only 50 examples of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

America’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent “consumer society.” Americans had extra money to spend and they spent it on consumer goods, with the most important consumer product of the 1920s being the automobile, as cars gave young people the freedom to go where they pleased and do what they wanted.

With the 1920’s ending, many were left with a prosperity hangover. In September and October 1929 the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street Crash occurred, marking the beginnings of the Great Depression.

100 years on from the beginning of the crazy years, 2020 finds Rolls-Royce attempting to capture the carefree attitude of those far-off days in a bold, contemporary car designed for today’s non-conformists and pleasure-seekers. The car is the first Collection Car from Rolls-Royce for the new decade and is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection aero cowling windbreak badge
The vapor blasted titanium aero cowling windbreak badge. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

This open-top roadster iteration of Rolls-Royce Dawn is designed to be like a silver bullet and features a dash in a newly commissioned ultra-metallic silver bespoke paint finish. Also greeting the driver and companion as they step in is a contemporary and unique open-pore carbon fibre fascia. Continuing to draw inspiration from the famed fashion of rebellious youth from the 1920’s, the Dawn Silver Bullet’s transmission tunnel has been quilted in a way that draws inspiration from trendy A-1 style brown leather jackets of the era while the aero cowling windbreak displays the Silver Bullet name via machined text on a vapor-blasted titanium surface.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection quilted leather transmission tunnel
The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features a quilted leather transmission tunnel. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Contrasting the car’s silver hue, The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features some dark exterior detailing with dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher which is then complimented with part-polished wheels that offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be limited to just 50 cars worldwide.

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