fbpx
Connect with us

Luxury Cars

Zenvo TSR-S: The €1.45 million Danish Hypercar Carbon Fiber Commission

Published

on

Zenvo display carbon fiber loaded €1.45 million TSR-S hypercar at private event in Denmark following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show.

Originally intended to be shown at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, the commissioned Zenvo TSR-S was instead revealed at a private event at the Danish hypercar company headquarters in Præstø, Denmark.

Zenvo’s latest commissioned €1.45 million carbon fiber TSR-S hypercar. Credit: Zenvo

Announced as Zenvo’s flagship model, the 1177bhp twin-turbo supercharged V8 hypercar is the street legal version of the track oriented TSR model and can hit 0-60mph (100km/h) in 2.8 seconds, reach 0-124mph (200km/h) in 6.8 seconds and a reach a top speed of 202mph/325kmh.

The lightweight exposed carbon fiber hyper-machine is made using Zenvo’s own carbon fiber technology, allowing technicians to customize the geometric patterned carbon fiber and personalize the weave patterns as per clients requests.

Also benefitting from the carbon fiber technology is the new TSR-S wheels which are created using hand-cut carbon fiber. Each wheel takes two technicians approximately one week to create and aids in cutting 15kgs off the total weight of the car (for all 4 wheels).

This owner clearly likes carbon fiber. Credit: Zenvo

Zenvo TSR-S owners will also discover a new hybrid gearbox “which yields a power boost, further traction control and even the addition of an eighth forward gear with the electric motor providing reverse drive”, offering two modes  – Road and Race.

Only 5 Zenvo hypercars are hand-built each year in the factory. Credit: Zenvo

Engaged via switchgear on the steering wheel, in “Road” mode, gear changes are electronically assisted to smooth transitions while in “Race” mode, direct mechanical gear changes afford drivers the same exceptionally fast responses as a fully fledged race car.

Fans of Zenvo’s signature Centripedal rear wing will be pleased to know it still takes pride of place on the latest customised TRS-S although bystanders witnessing the rear wing in action for the first time could be forgiven for thinking the lightweight carbon fibre has an unruly mind of its own. In reality, the aerodynamic wing is reacting to steering data and creating high levels of downforce while cornering.

For those interested, the Zenvo TSR-S priced at €1.45 million and with only 5 cars per year being hand built at their factory in Præstø, Denmark, you can be sure it really is a “limited edition” kind of hypercar.

Advertisement

Luxury Cars

The New James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Lifestyle

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

Published

on

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.”

Continue Reading

Luxury Cars

New 2021 Bentley Bentayga Revealed

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending