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McLaren to Recall Up to 2763 Vehicles Due to Potential Fire Risk

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Mclaren set to recall up to 2763 vehicles including the 2019 Senna, 2020 Mclaren GT, and certain 720S models to inspect a potential fire hazard.

With “Stay Home” orders in place around most parts of the world amidst a shifting COVID-19 landscape, many McLaren owners have been forgoing long winding country drives for over a month but that time-frame could look even longer for some after a new voluntary recall from McLaren.

McLaren Senna NVH Pad Recall
Certain McLaren Senna’s will be recalled for safety inspections. Credit: McLaren

In the Recall Report issued by the U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, McLaren Automotive has identified a potential problem in certain models including the 570GT, GT, 720S, and Senna, that may cause a fuel leak and possible fire risk “in the presence of an ignition source” if not addressed. 

The part in question is the “Noise, Vibration and Harshness” (NVH) foam pad mounted underneath the fuel tank that could potentially absorb moisture and corrode the fuel tank, increasing the chances of a fuel leak and potential fire.

The specific Model & Years identified include:

  •  All McLaren 570GT’s produced between 1st May 2016 and 9th January 2019 equipped with an NVH foam pad (potentially 373 vehicles)
  • All McLaren 720S’s produced between 23rd October 2016 and 11th February 2020 equipped with an NVH foam pad (potentially 2,008 vehicles)
  • All McLaren GT’s produced between 10th September 2019 and 20th March 2020 equipped with an NVH foam pad (potentially 225 vehicles)
  •  All McLaren Senna’s produced between 22nd June 2018 and 6th December 2019 equipped with an NVH foam pad (potentially 157 vehicles)
McLaren GT's to be recalled
McLaren GT’s with an NVH foam pad may require inspection. Credit: McLaren

McLaren has only identified two 570GT models to date with the known issue due to owner reports of smelling fuel caused by corroded fuel tanks. No fires have been directly linked to the known issue however but McLaren still decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall on models utilizing the same NVH pad as a precaution.

Owners will be contacted by McLaren in due course and instructed to contact their dealer to arrange inspection of their vehicle.

The McLaren 720S, 570GT, and Senna models will have the NVH foam pads removed and the fuel tank inspected to determine if there is any corrosion on the surface of the fuel tank and will be replaced at no charge if necessary. 

 A remedy for the GT vehicles is yet to be finalized.

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The New James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation

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Fancy yourself the next James Bond? The new Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation, complete with all its gadgets might just be your cup of tea.
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin

After more than 50 years, Aston Martin has decided it is high time the gadget cars of the early James Bond make a comeback, with the first “Job 1” DB5 Goldfinger Continuation rolling off the production line (after a few extra modifications from the “Q’s” at Aston Martin).

Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin

Limited to 25 editions and built in collaboration with EON Productions, the new Goldfinger DB5 continuation model is the first new DB5 to be built in more than 50 years.

Originally built between 1963 and 1965, only 900 saloon examples of the classic Aston Martin DB5 were originally constructed, but thanks to its iconic appearance in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger,” it has since been dubbed by some as “the most famous car in the world.”

Exterior paint color "Silver Birch" just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin
Exterior paint color “Silver Birch” just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin

Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.

“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon. I’m absolutely certain that the 25 lucky owners who are beginning to take delivery of these cars will be thrilled with them.”

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin

These days the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation takes around 4,500 hours of construction to create a working car complete with many of the operable gadgets from the movie, created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.

Sharing the original DB5 styled aluminum exterior body panels and an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure, the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuations are powered by a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine and are only available in one exterior color – “Silver Birch,” just like the original James Bond car.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation's rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation’s rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin

It’s important to note the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is not “road-legal,” (which is slightly disappointing if we’re honest and rules out about 98% of the locations you’d want to test out the gadgets). However, if its any consolation, you could still take it to a track to test out the following list of Bond-inspired gadgets.

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Exterior Gadgets:
  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Interior Gadgets:
  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin

First deliveries of the 25 special DB5 Goldfinger Continuation vehicles to their owners have already commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020.

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Rolls-Royce x Franck Muller “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge and Watch Collab Revealed

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Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have recently joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge Inspired Crazy Hours Watch and an upcoming Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”
Franck Muller Rolls Royce Crazy Numbers Wraith Black Badge Partnership

Sharing a passion for excellence, Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” and the Wraith Black Badge inspired “Crazy Hours” watch.

Or to put it another way – Rolls-Royce Geneva will customize a special Black Badge edition of the Wraith to reflect elements of Franck Muller’s Crazy Hours watch, and Franck Muller is creating a Wraith Black Badge inspired version of the watch.

Benefitting from the expertise of the Rolls-Royce’s “Bespoke Programme,” the Rolls-Royce Geneva “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge is an artistic demonstration of the extreme personalization that can be achieved and will see elements of Franck Muller’s iconic Crazy Hours watch intertwined throughout the vehicle design.

Featuring a special Velvet Sparkle exterior finish with a Twin-Coachline motif in Silver/Cobalto Blue mirroring the Crazy Numbers theme, the special Wraith edition will feature a deep Cobalto Blue interior and a unique dashboard fascia and embroidered “Crazy Hours” numbers on the rear console. Overhead the Starlight Headliner will also depict the “Crazy Hours” watch face.

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Hours
Rear console embroidery inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

Sharing on the customization options of the special edition Matt Danton, Bespoke Designer at Rolls-Royce, commented, “Distinction, leadership and genuine expression is at the heart of the Bespoke Programme. The car is regarded as a key element of one’s taste and personal style, so it’s only natural it’s bespoke.”

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Numbers
Custom dashboard fascia inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

As yet, Rolls-Royce has only provided teaser images of the upcoming edition; however production of Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” is set to commence shortly with the actual motor car presented in the 4th quarter of 2020.

To celebrate the partnership, Franck Muller has also created two unique versions of the Crazy Hours watch. Featuring the same Cobalto Blue color scheme as the vehicle, one watch has a black dial with a Cobalto Blue case and black leather strap, while the other is a reverse combination with a Cobalto Blue dial, black case and blue strap.

Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller
Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the world’s finest car manufacturer to produce this bespoke car and this exclusive watch collection,” says Nicholas Rudaz, director of Franck Muller Watchland. “To see our exceptional know-how of haute-horlogerie be interpreted into such an exclusive car has been a fascinating experience.”

For the uninitiated, the Franck Muller Crazy Hour watch is a self-winding watch with a 42-hour power reserve that displays the watch numbers in a very unconventional order and, at first glance, reminds one of something the Mad Hatter would wear to his next tea party.

Using its patented Crazy Hours mechanism, the central hour hand jumps to the correct hour number (one to twelve) even though the numbers are not in the standard order. Meanwhile, the minute hand continues to follow a conventional pattern and revolves around the dial on a 60-minute cycle.

As yet, pricing has not been announced for the Franck Muller Wraith Inspired Crazy Hours watch or the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”

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New 2021 Bentley Bentayga Revealed

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The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga introduces new styling elements including an updated front grille, wheels and brand new tech.
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga with updated exterior styling elements. Credit: Bentley
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga with updated exterior styling elements. Credit: Bentley

Bentley has revealed the new 2021 Bentley Bentayga design, featuring new styling elements and technology as an update to the already popular SUV model.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Exterior Rear Outdoors
The new 2021 Bentley Bentayga features elliptical taillights for the first time . Credit: Bentley

First introduced in November 2015, the luxury Bentayga SUV has remained a core model for the British automaker and already sold around 20,000 vehicles, in many circumstances, to first time Bentley owners.

New wheel design exclusive to the Bentayga range. Credit: Bentley
New wheel design exclusive to the Bentayga range. Credit: Bentley

Taking exterior design cues from the third-generation Continental GT and the all-new Flying Spur, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga has been given a large front matrix grille for an even sportier look and features new LED cut-crystal headlamps. The rear has also been revised with a new full-width tailgate and for the first time on the Bentayga – elliptical taillights.

New 10.9" infotainment system with standard ApplePlay. Credit: Bentley
New 10.9″ infotainment system with standard ApplePlay. Credit: Bentley

“We spent a long time examining how to improve the proportions and character of the car,” explained Head of Exterior Design JP Gregory, adding the “new Bentayga is still instantly recognizable as a Bentley but now has a much greater road presence. What we have achieved is a significant step forward – a more self-confident looking SUV from whatever angle you look at the car. The prouder grill and higher, more focused elliptical headlights give a much more modern expression – a real statement of intent.”

2021 Bentley Bentayga Interior Steering Wheel

Other exterior styling updates include a new 22” wheel design exclusive to the new 2021 Bentayga and two new exterior paint colors – Viridian (a dark metallic green based on the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car) and Patina (a mid-tone off-white).

2021 Bentley Bentayga Interior Front Infotainment Center
New interior styling options include Koa and Crown Cut Walnut Veneers. Credit: Bentley

The Bentayga’s interior has also been upgraded with a new center fascia, steering wheel, door trims, seats and now features a new generation high resolution 10.9” infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard feature for the first time.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (in applicable regions) now standard. Credit: Bentley
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (in applicable regions) now standard. Credit: Bentley

Three seating configurations are available with the standard five-seat or an optional four-seat layout (two individual rear seats separated by a center console) or a three-row/seven-seat configuration.

All of the details that go into the Bentley Bentayga. Credit: Bentley
All of the details that go into the Bentley Bentayga. Credit: Bentley

Owners can also choose a new dark tint diamond brushed aluminum trim for the first time along with two new straight-grained interior veneers – Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. There is also the option to upgrade the seating quilting design and micro piping seat detailing with the Mullinar Specifications if you want to customize it that little bit more.

Climate control for passengers in the rear seats. Credit: Bentley
Climate control for passengers in the rear seats. Credit: Bentley

Head of Interior Design at Bentley Motors Darren Day sharing, “The interior of Bentayga has always been highly admired for its exceptional build quality, relaxing atmosphere and luxurious ambience. Alongside from the more obvious changes to the centre console, seats and door trims, it’s the little features customers may not notice at first that add up to make the difference in new Bentayga. It might be the new, horizontal grab handle in the door, or the unique seat stitching – each one emphasising how the design team has gone the extra mile.”

Initially, the new 2021 Bentley Bentayga will be launched as a V8 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged model, with a plug-in Hybrid and 6.0 liter W12 Speed version expected to follow later this year.

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