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Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic confirm it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017. Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK. An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic. “E-type Zero…

From shooting stars to illuminated wood, the dazzling Wraith Luminary Collection encapsulates the extraordinary talent of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. Highlights of this special collection car : It is a Limited Collection of only 55 unique Rolls-Royce motor cars • First ever shooting star headliner • World debut of illuminated wooden paneling • Stainless steel hand-woven fabric incorporated into cabin • Global debut of Sunburst Grey paint. Solid grey with rich copper tones. True to its name, this is a car for those that lead. The Oxford English Dictionary definition Luminary as : A person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere and  A natural light-giving body, especially the sun or moon. To celebrate the creation of these incredible cars, Rolls-Royce releases a short film exploring the finer details of the Collection. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke Designer, Matthew Danton, commented, “Wraith Luminary epitomises contemporary craftsmanship.…

When Rolls-Royce announced three years ago that it would launch Cullinan, it did so in the knowledge that its customers around the world had asked it to build “The Rolls-Royce of SUVs”, with luxury, performance and usability not seen before in the SUV market. Many of these customers were younger, very successful high-net-worth individuals who are heavily engaged in the experience economy, and wanted a Rolls-Royce that would take them to the ends of the Earth in ultimate luxury. Automotive mobility has always been a fast moving and dynamic business, with new concepts – such as SUVs – appearing with great regularity. But those new concepts need to be perfected in order to be adopted by those customers who will accept no compromise – the patrons of true luxury. Hence the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. “History set our precedent, and today Rolls-Royce answers its call to action,” comments Müller-Ötvös. “Our answer to…

In a bold expression of dynamic luxury, Rolls-Royce unveils the Wraith Luminary Collection. Inspired by those who lead where others follow, the Wraith Luminary Collection will light the way for the luxury trailblazer. In response to an ongoing global demand for Rolls-Royce Collection Cars, the marque has created a Limited Collection of just 55 of these spectacular Wraiths. These motor cars join the highly exclusive ranks of collectible Bespoke masterpieces, envisioned by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke design team and collected by Patrons of true luxury all over the world. A Stunning Collection Car Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “Wraith Luminary is a stunning Collection Car. It speaks directly of our contemporary Rolls-Royce brand – progressive and trailblazing; the pinnacle in hand-crafted luxury. This is a motor car that celebrates visionaries who achieve eminence in their respective fields. Indeed, this collection is for the world’s luminaries.” The heady…

Concours d’Elégance Suisse Returns Reviving a Swiss tradition dating back to 1927 in Geneva, the Concours d’Elégance Suisse will celebrate the Automobile Heritage and the art of mechanical engineering from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018 in the elegant setting of the grounds of the Château de Coppet, historic home of Madame de Staël, offering a panoramic view of the Mont-Blanc and Lake Geneva. The Concours d’Elégance Suisse will display a selection of spectacular classic automobiles rarely seen in public. This year, thanks to two new partnerships with Julius Baer Private Bank and Breitling, the high-end timepiece company, the Concours d’Elégance will be expanding its activities, and inviting its audience to a preview at the forthcoming Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) 2018. The Concours d’Elégance Suisse is honored to have been selected by both new companies. Julius Baer Private Bank. Celebrating expertise, passion and constant quest for innovation In…

Live supercar show Top Marques Monaco is moving up a gear this year with a sensational line-up of vehicles confirmed for its 15th anniversary edition including brand-new supercars, rare classic cars and a million-dollar motorbike. This year’s Top Marques Monaco, being held from April 19th to 22nd, will mark the important milestone with a stunning showcase of some of the world’s most exclusive cars inside & outside the Grimaldi Forum, including an unprecedented number of test drives in Monaco. Organisers of the annual supercar show are keen to keep elements of this anniversary edition under wraps until the opening day, but have revealed the following: 30+ supercars will be available for test drives on the F1 circuit including the brand new ZENVO, drivable for the first time during the show & high performance tuners by Moldavian customizing company ALANDI PERFORMANCE Visitors will be able to get up close to the…

One motor car changed the course of automotive history and today, the legend is re-told as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is creating a collection of 35 model year 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghosts, created in homage to the original Silver Ghost’s achievement. In 1904, a pioneering motorist, a brilliant entrepreneur and an intrepid engineer were united by a desire to succeed and three years later, this success was recognised by the world’s media. An unfathomable challenge unprecedented of its time and legendary to this day, was completed by The Hon. Charles Rolls and Claude Johnson in Sir Henry Royce’s ‘Silver Ghost’. The car achieved a non-stop long distance endurance record of 14,371 miles. This challenge was to shape automotive and luxury history, creating a world-renowned benchmark for excellence in the process. The Silver Ghost Was Born It was the twelfth 40/50hp chassis, completed with a Barker & Co 4/5 seater touring body, commissioned…

With the four-door design vision Audi Aicon, the brand with the four rings is presenting a autonomous Audi of the future – with no steering wheel or pedals. As a design concept, the four-door 2+2 boldly leaps ahead to show the exterior and interior design of the next decades. The technology demonstrator combines innovations relating to the drivetrain, suspension, digitalization and sustainability in a visionary manner. The Aicon, too, is designed for purely electric operation and should be able to cover distances between 700 and 800 kilometers (435.0 – 497.1 mi) on a single charge. Autonomous Luxury Sedan of the Future As a mobility concept, the Audi Aicon shows the world of tomorrow, in which the advantages of door-to-door individual transportation are combined with the luxurious ambiance of a firstclass airline cabin. A cabin with no steering wheel or pedals that can thus offer all the comforts of modern communications…

Inventors of the iconic Elysium chair launched its latest product, the limited-edition Elysium-R, at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London, Rolls-Royce’s flagship dealership in the very heart of the capital. Priced at £38,000, the revolutionary new chair is on display at the showroom until 19 January 2018, with the inventors DavidHugh Ltd. creating a window display to give Mayfair passers-by the chance to see the world’s most technologically advanced chair displayed alongside the all-new Phantom. A Chair that Recalibrates the Senses Elysium-R has a unique floatation mechanism derived from years of PhD research in human kinetics, allowing the user to move silently in zero-gravity conditions. This unrivalled and pioneering level of comfort is completely unique for a chair, making it the ultimate luxury item. Elysium neutralises gravity, implements floatation theory and takes comfort to a whole new level by recalibrating the senses. The Elysium-R is the ultimate version of the widely celebrated…

LUXURY EVENT At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2018 in the Northern Italian municipality of Cernobbio the overriding theme is “Hollywood on the Lake”. From the 25th to the 27th of May 2018 the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the gardens belonging to the Villa Erba on Lake Como will become the perfect cinematic backdrop to this magnificent event. The “script” for the historical automobile and motorcycle beauty pageant is now starting to come together. Responsibility for choosing participants lies with the selecting committees who have created four more categories in which the glamorous main protagonists can compete for the attention of both public and jury. Experts have chosen to combine the announcement of the categories with a final call to aspiring performers for the as-yet unfilled roles in this magnificent production. BMW Group Classic has hosted the pageant of rare beauties on Lake Como in conjunction…

A collection of Rolls-Royce motor cars conveyed London’s glitterati to the inaugural ‘Leopards Awards’ at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, in aid of The Prince’s Trust. The event, held in celebration of the power and glory of the British jewellery industry, is set to become the Oscars of the jewellery world. To mark the occasion, Rolls-Royce discussed true luxury with four of the founding ‘Leopards’, British jewellery designers Stephen Webster, Shaun Leane, Theo Fennell and Solange Azagury-Partridge, ahead of the event, in the recently launched Rolls-Royce Phantom. While gliding around London in the serene comfort of New Phantom, the ‘Leopards’ discussed the importance of craftsmanship and skill in fine jewellery, attributes at the very core of the House of Rolls-Royce. Theo Fennell commented, “What we’re trying to produce is utter perfection on a very small scale, that gives untold pleasure, again and again, for as long as it exists, which one hopes…

Bentley’s Director of Design, Munich-born, self-professed Anglophile, Stefan Sielaff, has spent more than 30 years in automotive design. In this interview Stefan explains why his lifetime dream was to work for a British brand, and how he got here. What came first for you, was it design or cars? When I was a young boy I was not the classic car designer, I wasn’t sketching cars at four years old. I was more interested in doing fine arts, sculpture.  I was driving my parents crazy by working with huge marble blocks in their garage when I was 14 or 15. I was always very interested in cars but I never was able to combine these two passions, so it only started when I was doing my high school diploma – I had to ask myself what I was going to do for a living. At this time I was getting…

An understanding that the marque’s patrons are increasingly collectors of fine and contemporary art has led the Rolls-Royce Design Team, to create a space behind this glass, in which patrons can commission and curate art, a space aptly named, ‘The Gallery’. “As patrons increasingly commission a Rolls-Royce for its aesthetic power, they trust in the knowledge that only the finest materials fashioned at the hands of a collective of skilled artisans will produce a motor car that transcends its primary role as a means of conveyance, to become a meaningful and substantive expression of art, design and engineering excellence. ‘The Gallery’ is an innovation that furthers Rolls-Royce’s unparalleled Bespoke capabilities. Patrons are now invited to commission artworks for their own personal Gallery within Phantom, in essence, bringing art, within art.” said  Torsten Müller Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. A World of Luxury Far Beyond Automotive Horizons Rolls-Royce’s standing as…

From the moment Sir Henry Royce introduced the Rolls-Royce Phantom in 1925 it was judged ‘The Best Car in the World’ by the cognoscenti. As a result it has conveyed some of the world’s most influential and powerful men and women to the most defining historical moments over the last 92 years. Nearly a Century of Luxury Innovation Every new Phantom that has subsequently appeared has successfully retained the title of ‘Best Car in the World’ as a result of Rolls-Royce’s tireless pursuit of perfection, visionary engineering, aesthetic acuity and deep understanding of what the world’s leading luxury item should be. Quite simply, Rolls-Royce has innovated for almost a century to set the benchmark and satisfy the most discerning luxury patrons. Contemporary Design Interpretation of the Rolls-Royce DNA A new benchmark is set as the New Phantom – the eighth generation of this great nameplate – arrived. Not satisfied with…

At the end of July, ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’, a Rolls-Royce Exhibition, will gather together the greatest Phantoms from the last 92 years in Mayfair, London. The Exhibition will welcome the next generation of this most celebrated luxury item. Over the next eight weeks, Rolls-Royce will announce which great Phantoms will journey to London from around the world, telling the stories of these motor cars and the historical events they witnessed. The first story will chronicle ‘The Fred Astaire Phantom I’. ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ From its debut in 1925, a Rolls-Royce Phantom has stood as witness to history’s most defining moments, from treaty signings to occasions of state and the events that have defined the world we live in today. The conveyance of choice for the world’s most influential and powerful men and women for 92 years, Phantom has stood as a sentinel, silently witnessing moments as significant as…