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Rolls-Royce Ghost Debuts Reimagined Ghost for 2021

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Rolls-Royce has debuted the newly reimagined design of the Ghost for 2021 with everything except the Spirit of Ecstasy and umbrella getting an overhaul.
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The new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost has been reimagined. Credit: Rolls-Royce Cars

Rolls-Royce has finally debuted the updated 2021 Ghost after several weeks of hinting at the completely overhauled model that has been designed around the concept of “post-opulence.”

First launched in 2010, it’s been ten years since the Ghost joined the family as a more minimalist model alongside the larger flagship Phantom, becoming the most successful model to-date in the marque’s 116-year history.

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Design inspiration described as “Post Opulence”. Credit: Rolls-Royce Cars

While the Cullinan SUV may give the Ghost a run for its money in the upcoming years, there is still a place in the Rolls-Royce lineup for younger owners who still love the drivers sedan.

“The first Goodwood Ghost was a response to a whole new generation of clients, both in age and attitude. These men and women asked us for a slightly smaller, less ostentatious means to own a Rolls-Royce” said Rolls-Royce Chief Executive Officer Torsten Müller-Ötvös. “To create a new product that would resonate with our Ghost clients for the next ten years meant we had to listen carefully to their demands. Today we set new standards in customer centricity by creating a completely new motor car for a unique group of Rolls-Royce’s clients.

The only components that we carried over from the first Goodwood Ghost were the Spirit of Ecstasy and umbrellas. Everything else was designed, crafted and engineered from the ground up. The result is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet. It distills the pillars of our brand into a beautiful, minimalist, yet highly complex product that is perfectly in harmony with our Ghost clients’ needs and perfectly in tune with the times.”

Visually this translates to a wider and longer model with long sweeping lines of the exterior and new detailing like the Pantheon grille being “partially” illuminated via 20-LED downlighting and slimmer laser headlights.

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Front View
New Pantheon grille is illuminated by 20 LED downlights. Credit: Rolls-Royce Cars

The interior of the Ghost has also been updated with 388 individual leather panels joined with a simplified straight stitch line (a deliberate move away from some of the more intricate stitching designs favored by other automakers) and a new Starlight Headliner with 850 individual stars that migrates down to the dashboard where another 152 twinkling LEDs illuminate the passenger’s dashboard.

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Interior Front Skylight Roof
Updated interior with minimalist straight line stitching. Credit: Rolls-Royce Cars
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Interior Front Interior Sklight Roof
850 individual stars to create the Starlight Headliner. Credit: Rolls-Royce Cars

Powered by a 6.75-liter V12 engine capable of producing 563 horsepower and 627 lb.ft of torque (same as the Cullinan), the new Ghost can reach 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. It also marks a departure from the BMW 7-Series platform and is now built on the same trademark rigid aluminum spaceframe architecture as the Phantom and Cullinan, incorporating elements of the brand’s existing model portfolio such as all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering.

Signature Rolls-Royce features like the magic ride experience has also been given an upgrade thanks to the enhanced “Planar Suspension System” that allows the new Ghost to anticipate and react to even the most demanding road surface and offer a “sense of flight on land” never before achieved by a motor car.

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Interior Dashboard
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Interior Rear Seat Displays

In a first for the Ghost, electric power assistance has also been added to the opening function of the coach doors (previously only available on the closing function) so that the door automatically opens to a set point when the door handle is held.

As always, there are virtually limitless ways to customize the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, so for more information and accurate pricing, head to the website.

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Base Plate
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Aerial View
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Side Rear View
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Rear View
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Aerial View

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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Inspired by Time & the Universe

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection is inspired by the universe’s infinite reach and is limited to 20 vehicles worldwide.
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The new limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom “Tempus” is limited to 20 vehicles and is inspired by the concept of time and the infinite universe, with a special focus on a rare astronomical phenomenon known as a “pulsar.”

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New “Kairos Blue” paint with mica flakes to represent the night sky. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Unknown and undiscovered until 1967, pulsars are found in the deepest reaches of space (the closest is still 1,680 trillion miles from Earth) and are dense, white-hot stars that emit electromagnetic radiation in regular pulses – making them some of the most accurate clocks in the universe.

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Only 20 editions will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce

In the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, the pulsar features as a hand-painted and embroidered artwork across the Starlight Headliner, complete with twinkling fiber-optic lights to reflect the white-hot stars.

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Starlight Headliner with hand-painted/embroidered Pulsar night sky design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Another design element made to represent time is the “Frozen Flow of Time” gallery – a unique artwork built into the dashboard fascia and made of a single billet of aluminum milled to form 100 individual columns, representing the 100-million years it takes for a rotational spin of a pulsar star.

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The Frozen Flow of Time gallery artwork. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has also deliberately removed the clock from this edition in the hope that from within the space they have created, “the outside world and all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

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A place with where time does not exist. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“The events of the past year have caused many people, not least our clients, to re-evaluate their sense of, and relationship with time. At a moment in history when so much in life seems ephemeral, our patrons are seeking solace in the unique timelessness, longevity and permanence offered by a Rolls-Royce motor car,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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Starry light design across the door panels. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“As we all know, time never stands still, waits for no one. Hence, we manage it, guard it, account for it, weigh and measure it to its smallest fraction. With Phantom Tempus, we have created a space in which those structures no longer apply – as illustrated by the deliberate absence of a clock. Rolls-Royce clients are not bound by time; the outside world with all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

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The Rolls-Royce clock has been deliberately left out of the design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

For the exterior of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, a new bespoke paint color known as “Kairos Blue” has been created especially for this model and includes mica flakes to make a slight sparkling effect that mimics the stars of the night sky.

Owners can also choose to personalize their vehicles one step further with a unique engraving on the Spirit of Ecstasy, choosing to remember a special date and location of significance to the client, a marriage, or a birthday.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Console

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Gunther Werks Unveils Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered Edition

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Californian-based Gunther Werks has unveiled the open-top edition of its Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered built on the 400R platform.
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The new Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Remastered Edition. Credit: Gunther Werks

Californian-based Gunther Werks are known for some of the world’s most refined 993 air-cooled restomod’s and have now turned their attention to the open-top 993 Speedster Remastered Edition.

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Only 25 Speedster models will be built. Credit: Gunther Werks

To create the open-top version of their coupe design, Gunther Werks removed the rear seat and, in doing so, had to significantly re-design and stiffen the 993 chassis with a new roll cage and roll hoop system to mitigate common side effects often associated with the removal of vehicle roofs. Now in place of the rear seats is a new carbon-fiber top Speedster top and tonneau cover.

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Rear seats removed and replaced with a new carbon-fiber top. Credit: Gunther Werks

Some of the extensive exterior modifications of the 993 Speedster include a lower rake glass windscreen (which owners can opt to remove entirely, much like the McLaren Elva or Ferrari Monza SP1/SP2), billet aluminum side view mirrors, additional carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and a revised ducktail spoiler with ram air scoop.

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New lightweight bonnet design. Credit: Gunther Werks

Under the hood, performance upgrades include revised suspension to improve handling, and a remapped 4.0 liter flat-six engine rebuilt by Rothsport Racing to slightly boost the 435 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque already achieved in the Remastered coupe edition.

New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks
New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks

Owners will also have the option to upgrade to 5 spoke Fuch wheels with center locking mechanisms if several of the forged Gunther Werks wheel options don’t already catch their eye.

Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks
Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks

Gunther Werks will only be producing 25 models of the 993 Speedster Remastered editions to match production of 25 coupe models already underway and is expected to begin production in 2022.

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Netflix Drive To Survive: Season 3 Premiers This March

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Netflix has announced the popular Formula 1 series Drive to Survive will return with Season 3 premiering on March 19 this year.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing a curveball on last year’s Formula 1 season, it was anyone’s guess whether racing, let alone filming of the next installment of the popular Netflix Drive To Survive series, would even go-ahead last year.

The excellent news for race-fans is that production company Box-to-Box Films and Netflix have both confirmed Drive To Survive will be returning to Netflix for Season 3, covering all the behind-the-scenes action and drama of the race season as it unfolds amongst a worldwide pandemic.

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Most likely beginning with the last-minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, it will be interesting to watch the driver’s and team’s reactions and responses as they navigate the best way to move forward through the “unprecedented” events caused by COVID-19.

Of course, other things we all want to know is what’s the latest with Guenther Steiner? What happened behind-closed-doors to see Carlos Sainz Jr take Sebastian Vettel’s spot at Ferrari? And how did Daniel Ricciardo end up at McLaren?

An additional video shared by Formula 1 broadcast journalist and reporter Will Buxton explains how you may have already spotted the Netflix film team throughout the season and explains some of the gear used to shoot the documentary and how they managed filming in the F1 paddock under Covid-19 restrictions.

Season 3 of Netflix’s Drive To Survive is set to premiere March 19 this year, and if it’s anything like last season, will drop all episodes at once for your binge-watching enjoyment.

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