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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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The New $3.4 million Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel”: Legends of Heaven

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Aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” pays tribute to its racing driver from the “golden decade” and their love for flight.
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Legends du Ciel". Credit: Bugatti
The new aviation-inspired Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Legends du Ciel”. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti’s latest limited-edition Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” (translated as The Legends of Heaven) pays tribute to its historic racing drivers of the “golden decade,” many who were accomplished daredevil pilots with a need for speed.

Featuring an aviation-inspired paint color scheme in a matte-grey “Gris Serpent,” with a contrasting high gloss white stripe down the center, the new Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” takes inspiration from the 1920’s aircraft piloted by Bugatti drivers and is based on the Chiron Sport.

Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti
Matte-grey Gris Serpent with high gloss racing stripe. Credit: Bugatti

“Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo ‘Meo’ Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them.”

Other small aeronautical details found on the exterior of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” include the small “Les Légendes du Ciel “logo on the front wings, the “Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills and door entry lights that project the edition logo onto the ground when the doors are opened.

Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti
Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge tricolor on the front area of the side door sills. Credit: Bugatti

Bugatti has also chosen to use a fine light brown Gaucho” leather for the entire vehicle interior as a nod to the aircraft’s leather interiors of bygone eras. Further aviation references throughout the interior include the logo “Les Légendes du Ciel” found on the headrests and door panels with a hand-sketched racing scene as well as the special edition numbering “1 of 20”.

Light brown Gaucho" leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti
Light brown Gaucho” leather is used throughout the interiors. Credit: Bugatti

For owners that want a little something extra, comfort seats are offered as an additional upgrade, along with the optional glass roof “Sky View” through which occupants can gaze into the sky like in open-top aircraft of the past century.

Owners can upgrade to the "Sky-view" glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti
Owners can upgrade to the “Sky-view” glass roof if desired. Credit: Bugatti

Powered by the same iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine as the Chiron Sport, the new edition delivers 1,500 PS with 1,600-newton meters of torque and is electronically limited to a top speed of 260mph (420 km/h).

Production of the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” is expected to begin at the end of this year and will be limited to 20 vehicles in total at €2.88 million (USD$3.4 million) each.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Side Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Side Rear
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Aerial Rear View
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Grille View
"Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" tricolor in Blue, White, and Red on the front area of the side sills
"Les Légendes du Ciel"
Carbon fiber engine bay
Gaucho Leather interior
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Leather Seats
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Steering Wheel
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Door Details
Bugatti Chiron Sport Legendes Du Ciel Console Insert

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McLaren Artura Teased As The Name of New Upcoming Hybrid Supercar

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McLaren has confirmed “Artura” will be the name of its new V6-based high-performance hybrid supercar.
McLaren Artura Hybrid Teaser
McLaren Artura will be UK automaker’s first series-production hybrid supercar. Credit: McLaren

McLaren Automotive has revealed the name for their first series-production hybrid supercar, which will be launched officially next year and named the “Artura.”

Known as a High-Performance Hybrid (HPH), the McLaren Artura is new in every respect and marks the beginning of a new era for the UK based automaker. Building on the experience gained through the development of both the McLaren P1TM hybrid hypercar in 2012 and later the Speedtail Hyper-GT, the Artura is expected to have incredibly quick times if the Speedtail Hyper-GT’s top speed of 250mph (403km/h) is anything to go by.

“Every element of the Artura is all-new,” says Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive. “From the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”

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Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with electric motor. Credit: McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren Artura is said to sit between the GT and 720S in their lineup and will be built on a new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) platform designed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre. It features a new compact twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine and when combined with the lightweight High-Performance Hybrid powertrain and electric motor, retains the power and performance of McLaren’s much larger V8 engines.

For daily driving, the McLaren Artura will also run on electric power alone for emission-free urban journeys.

The McLaren Artura supercar will be on sale in the first half of 2021, with McLaren to reveal further details and pricing in the coming months.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Is Designed to Be Chauffeur Driven

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The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is more luxurious than the standard S-Class sedan and, with the Chauffeur package included, makes it an attractive option for the owner that needs to be driven daily.
Mercedes Maybach Front Side Profile
The new luxurious 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new top-of-the-line 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which sees the wheelbase extended by seven inches (18cm) compared to the standard Mercedes-Benz S Class, and luxurious features like the Executive Seating and Chauffeur Package come as standard.

Designed to combine the Mercedes-Benz flagship model’s high-tech solutions with the exclusivity and tradition of Maybach, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class was first launched in 2015 and has already sold approx. 60,000 vehicles to date.

Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Over 60,000 models have been sold since first launched in 2015. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 496hp and 516lb-ft of torque and paired with AIRMATIC air suspension, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class provides an ultra-smooth ride and remains popular to this day as a “car to be driven in” thanks to the comfort afforded by the extended rear area and the luxurious upgrades.

Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Extended wheelbase offers more cabin room than the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

“With the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we are emphasizing the progressive, modern approach of its exclusive product portfolio shortly before the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Maybach automobiles,” says Dirk Fetzer, head of Mercedes-Maybach product management. “As they did then, today’s customers have high expectations of their exclusivity and individuality, elegant design and first-class standard of finish, all based on the latest technology. Especially with respect to comfort, safety and design, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has unique selling features in the hotly contested luxury segment.”

Easily recognizable by the front chrome radiator grille marked “MAYBACH” and the distinctive bonnet with its chrome fin and wider rear doors, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has an elegant appearance, which can be further customized with the option of a two-tone paint finish. Other optional extras include electrically operated comfort rear doors.

The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
The front chrome radiator grille of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is essentially based on the new interior design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and shares the same sculptured appearance of the dashboard, center console, and armrests. Owners have the option of adding Ambience Lighting that features throughout the interior cabin.

Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Optional ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the driving mood. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

In the latest model, the infotainment system MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is even more personal and intuitive to use. On request, the MBUX Interior Assist can also be equipped in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz
MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the intentions of occupants and assists where needed. credit: Mercedes-Benz

Designed to recognize the intentions of the occupants of the vehicle, MBUX Interior Assist recognizes eye-direction, hand gestures, and the body language of the occupants to assist with automatic vehicle functions as the situation requires. The Mercedes‑Maybach S-Class can also recognize movements and gestures by the rear occupants with the help of 3D laser cameras in the roof liner. For example, the belt extender for the outer rear seats automatically offers up the seat belt when MBUX Interior Assist recognizes the occupant’s intention to reach for the belt by hand movements.

Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Luxurious rear seating so that passengers are comfortable whether working or resting. Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Deliveries of the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are expected to begin mid-2021, although no pricing has been announced.

Mercedes Maybach Rear Seats
Mercedes Maybach Seats
Mercedes Maybach Driving

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