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Rolls-Royce Reveals Black Badge Landspeed Collection Editions

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New Rolls-Royce Black Badge Landspeed Collection models celebrate 1930’s speed records set by British engineer Captain George Eyston.
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Landspeed Editions. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Landspeed Editions. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection celebrates the record-breaking land speed records set by British engineer Captain George Eyston during the 1930s in his “Thunderbolt” speed car powered by two Rolls-Royce R V12 aero engines.

Born in 1897, George Eyston was fascinated with motorsport from childhood, racing both cars and (under an assumed name) motorcycles while still at school before studying engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Landspeed with sporty details. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Landspeed with sporty details. Credit: Rolls-Royce

While at college, his studies were interrupted by the Great War, in which he served with distinction, rising to the rank of captain and winning the Military Cross, but he was able to return and by the 1920s and 30’s he spent his time developing and driving racing cars and as an inventor, held several patents including several in the field of supercharging.

Following the black line like the original Thunderbolt. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Following the black line like the original Thunderbolt. Credit: Rolls-Royce

In 1935, Eyston was among the first British racers to travel to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where he set new 24-hour and 48-hour endurance speed records and subsequently received the Segrave Trophy, awarded to ‘the British national who demonstrates Outstanding Skill, Courage and Initiative on Land, Water and in the Air.’

In 1937, he returned to the Flats and set three world land-speed records with Thunderbolt, a specially designed car with three axles, eight wheels, and seven tonnes.

Black Badge Spirit of Ecstasy. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Black Badge Spirit of Ecstasy. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Drawing on elements from the Thunderbolt and Bonneville Salt Flats where Eyston set the speed records, the two new Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Landspeed and Dawn Landspeed editions feature a host of details linking the modern vehicles back to the original record-breaking car like the engraved “Salt Flats” fissured texture across the fascia and a Starlight Headliner depicting the night sky on 16 September 1938 when Eyston set his final land-speed record of 357.497mph.

Bright yellow accents throughout the Landspeed Collection, including two-tone yellow and black bumper, are reminiscent of the large black arrow with a yellow circle painted on Thunderbolt’s aluminum body for visibility against the searing white of the Salt Flat’s surface.

Wraith Landspeed - One of thirty-five. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Wraith Landspeed – One of thirty-five. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The clock’s design also recounts this theme with the yellow and black instrument dials details and black-tipped hands are inspired by the arrows painted on the original car’s exterior.

“The Collection, which includes both Wraith and Dawn Black Badge, celebrates someone with exactly that dauntless, fearless, pioneering spirit. His name was Captain George Eyston, a Cambridge University graduate, racing driver, gifted inventor, and engineering genius. In the late 1930s, he broke the world land-speed record three times with his car Thunderbolt, powered by two Rolls-Royce R V12 aero engines. He was a true hero from an age of epic endeavours; yet both he and Thunderbolt have been all-but forgotten for more than 80 years,” shares Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Starlight headliner to commemorate the night of the land-speed record in 1938. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Starlight headliner to commemorate the night of the land-speed record in 1938. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“With this Collection, we have revived Eyston’s memory and retold his remarkable story. Throughout Wraith and Dawn Landspeed, clients will find numerous subtle design elements and narrative details that recall and commemorate his amazing achievements, grand vision and exceptional courage.”

16th September 1938 on Bonneville Salt Flats. Credit: Rolls-Royce
16th September 1938 on Bonneville Salt Flats. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Production of the Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection cars is strictly limited to just 25 examples of the Black Badge Dawn Landspeed and 35 Black Badge Wraith Landspeeds, all of which have already been allocated to customers.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Dawn Landspeed edition. Credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce Black Badge Dawn Landspeed edition. Credit: Rolls-Royce
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Rolls Royce Black Badge Landspeed Collection Aerial
Rolls Royce Black Badge Landspeed Collection Convertible
Rolls Royce Black Badge Landspeed Collection Interior Steering
Rolls Royce Black Badge Landspeed Collection White Leather
Rolls Royce Black Badge Landspeed Collection Dawn Treadplate

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Bentley Celebrates Flying Spur Hybrid With “Odyssean Edition”

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New Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid “Odyssean Edition” is the first production Bentley to introduce elements of the futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.
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The limited edition Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

Earlier this year, Bentley revealed the new Flying Spur Hybrid as their second electric model, and to celebrate the launch, they’ve created a special “Odyssean Edition” that takes inspiration from Bentley’s futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Side
Inspired by the futuristic Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. Credit: Bentley Motors

As the first production Bentley to introduce details seen in the concept vehicle that imagines the future of luxury mobility in 2035, the new Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition introduces a range of new sustainable materials that enhance the design without compromising the level of luxury expected of a Bentley.

Like other Flying Spur models, the “Odyssean Edition” also uses Bentley’s signature Flying spur “lofted diamond” pattern throughout the interior and features tweed material made from 100% British wool especially made for Bentley, Koa veneers, sustainable leathers, and specially engraved treadplates and D-pillar badging.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Side Rear
Six curated colors have been selected for the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

For the exterior of the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition, owners have a choice from a curated palette of six colors to complement the detailing and have five interior specifications to choose from, including Beluga, Porpoise, Cricket Ball, Brunel or Burnt Oak (owners are still able to select from the full range of Bentley colors if they desire).

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Custom treadplate of the Odyssean Edition. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is powered by a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 engine combined with an advanced electric motor that together delivers 536 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds. When fully fuelled, the Odyssean will be able to travel over 435 miles due to the new powertrain that requires significantly less fuel.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior Dash
Luxurious interiors made with sustainable materials. Credit: Bentley Motors

Like other Bentley models, owners can review various options and data through the My Bentley app, including the “find my car” and “lock my car” feature, location of e-charging stations, remote initiation of battery charging, and cabin comfort control.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Seating
“Lofted Diamond” pattern featured throughout the Flying Spur Hybrid. Credit: Bentley Motors

The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is a limited edition, although price and numbers have not been revealed as yet.

Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Interior
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Details
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Taillights
Bentley Flying Spur Odyssean Edition Wheels

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McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s Most Powerful Convertible Yet

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The new limited-edition McLaren 765LT Spider is McLaren’s most powerful convertible yet and offers owners the Longtail driving experience.
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto
The new McLaren 765LT Spider revealed. Credit: McLaren Auto

McLaren has revealed the McLaren 765LT Spider as the brand’s most powerful convertible to date and fastest accelerating LT Spider yet.

Following on from the McLaren 765LT “Longtail” coupe unveiled last year, the new 765LT Spider will be limited to only 765 vehicles to match the production numbers of the already sold-out coupe.

The 765LT Spider is McLaren's fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto
The 765LT Spider is McLaren’s fastest accelerating LT Spider yet. Credit: McLaren Auto

The 765LT Spider, like its predecessors, stays true to the Longtail principles first developed over 25 years ago and features McLaren’s triple-patented retractable hard top roof for a driving experience that puts the driver at the center of the action.

Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto
Featuring an electrically operated one-piece carbon fiber retractable hard top. Credit: McLaren Auto

“Lowering the convertible roof of the 765LT Spider opens up another level of driver engagement. The coupe is impressive in its own right, but when you lower the roof of the Spider, there is a step-change in character – almost a theatrical element, like experiencing a live orchestra from right in front of the stage,” shared Ian Howshall, Global Product Manager, McLaren Automotive.

The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto
The McLaren 765LT Spider is only 108lbs heavier than the coupe version. Credit: McLaren Auto

As the most powerful convertible to date (not including the Elva, which doesn’t have a roof and thus can’t “convert”), the 765LT Spider is powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine to produce 765PS and 800Nm of torque, hitting 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 205mph.

Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto
Limited to only 765 vehicles in total will be produced. Credit: McLaren Auto

Pricing of the McLaren 765LT Spider starts at £310, 500 with availability limited to only 765 cars for customer order worldwide and production capacity for 2021 already filled.

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McLaren 765LT Spider Lifestyle Parked Door Up
McLaren 765LT Spider Exhaust

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The Final Bugatti Divo Delivered To European Customer

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Bugatti has revealed the 40th and final Bugatti Divo hypercar has been completed at the Molsheim factory and delivered to a European customer.
Last Bugatti Divo Front Side View
The last Bugatti Divo has now been built and delivered. Credit: Bugatti

A little over three years ago, Bugatti announced the Divo as a revival of its coachbuilding division and has now completed the last and final Bugatti Divo of the 40 bespoke vehicles built in total.

Delivered to a European customer, the final Bugatti Divo is finished in Bugatti EB 110 Blue with contrasting Blue Carbon and an interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents.

Last Bugatti Divo Rear Side View
Reviving Bugatti’s historic coach-building skills. Credit: Bugatti

Following in the footsteps of Bugatti’s historic coach-built vehicles, each of the 40 Bugatti Divo’s has been individually styled by the owners with various colors, materials, and bespoke design features to ensure that none are identical.

Where the coach-built Bugatti’s of the past have consisted of various bodywork shapes tailored around a single chassis, owners of the Divo have been able to push the envelope with the design and development team being able to modify one-off technical components to create entirely individual models to suit the driving style of the owners.

Last Bugatti Divo Rear View
Custom built to each of the 40 owners specifications. Credit: Bugatti

“As well as unique design, customers who buy a coach-built model enjoy a new, individual driving experience,” explains Pierre Rommelfanger, Head of Overall Vehicle Development at Bugatti. “Each small series undergoes the same degree of development as would a larger production run.”

Named after the French race car driver Albert Divo, who scored a series of race victories for Bugatti over a 20-year period, in honor of him and headquarters in Molsheim, the French flag adorns the Divo’s left and right front fenders as seen on the final Divo to leave the factory.

Priced at five million euros, the Bugatti Divo was Bugatti’s most expensive model when it was first announced in 2018 and was sold within weeks of its first reveal to select customers.

Last Bugatti Divo Interior
Final Bugatti Divo delivered features interior with French Racing Blue and Deep Blue accents. Credit: Bugatti

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