Robert Melville admits to obsessively drawing cars when he was a boy. He still does, though today it’s as design director at McLaren Automotive. Melville embodies the mindset and drive that has defined McLaren since Bruce McLaren set up his Formula One team in 1963.
The well dressed, elderly man sitting opposite was none other than J.M. Fangio, a quietly spoken gent who not only survived the most dangerous era of racing but debuted at an age when many were retiring and then went on to win five world championships. For more than half a century after his retirement, Fangio maintained the greatest winning percentage in Formula One history.
Heralding a new era for the marque, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the first SUV in the Rolls-Royce bloodline, responding to the demands and desires of a growing luxury clientele. “Our answer to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.” Comments Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
ROLLS-ROYCE DEBUTS ‘SPIRIT OF ECSTASY’ FABERGÉ EGG
A symbol of excellence
Two of the world’s most esteemed houses of luxury have joined forces to create one unique objet d’art, for one discerning patron. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé proudly announce the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg.
UK luxury carmaker Aston Martin—best known for appearing in the James Bond films—has announced plans to float on the London Stock Exchange. Luxury carmaker Aston Martin plans to float on the London Stock Exchange, completing a turnaround for the once perennially loss-making company that could now be valued at up to STG5 billion ($A8.8 billion).
It’s all too easy to measure a famous person’s success by their most recent exchanges in social media. Elon Musk doesn’t shy away from the public limelight; in fact, he positively revels in it. And while the legendary entrepreneur garners as much negative press as he does positive, there’s no escaping the fact that his electric car brand, Tesla, is one of the most talked about car companies on the planet.
Aston Martin has made a significant and symbolic stride towards the luxury brand’s first SUV—now officially confirmed as being named DBX—with the first development prototype being put through its paces along a demanding Welsh Rally stage in the hands of the company’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker.
MCLAREN’S NEW £50M INNOVATION AND PRODUCTION CENTRE
A royal opening
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain have officially opened McLaren Automotive’s new £50m carbon fibre innovation and production facility in Yorkshire, England.
Can a mere machine have soul? Can an inanimate, man-made object such as a car be described as sensuous? Before you answer those questions, picture what the constituent raw materials of a car would look like piled up on the ground in front of you: large sheets of shiny metal, some rubber, glass, plastic, lots of wire and a few cow hides. Now feast your eyes on what a car manufacturer such as Aston Martin can create with these materials to work from, the inarguably gorgeous DB11 V8 Coupe.
We glide to a silent stop outside an innocuous looking workshop on the banks of Lake Zürich in Switzerland. Our driver opens the elegant, rear-hinged back door of the Rolls-Royce Phantom and we step out and take a moment to acknowledge our picturesque lakeside surrounds. A gate to the building swings wide and our senses are assaulted with the unmistakable smells of high-end boat-building, a mix of expensive wood shavings, epoxy and varnish. But, like the maker of the car we've borrowed for the day, this is no ordinary manufacturer. We're at the headquarters of Pedrazzini.
Aston Martin launched the much anticipated Vantage and the DB11 Volante to the Australian market ahead of the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. The luxury English marque are proud to release the two extraordinary models into the Australian market after experiencing strong sales in 2017. Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, alongside Simon Sproule, the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, and Patrik Nilsson, President of Aston Martin in Asia Pacific, were all in Melbourne to celebrate the releases.
There have been many iterations of Aston Martin's venerable Vantage sports car, but none quite like this. The Vantage AMR Pro is the first of a new generation of models designed and developed in response to insatiable demand from the wealthiest of Aston Martin's clients. They are willing to pay for exclusivity, yet also very much want a purebred Aston Martin.
On Wednesday 24 May 2017, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars launched its largest Motor Cars showroom in the Asia Pacific region (outside of mainland China) in Melbourne, Australia. To celebrate the occasion, the avant-garde ‘Dawn—Inspired by Fashion’ super-luxury Drophead Coupé was unveiled.
Ninety-two years in the making, Rolls-Royce’s ‘tireless pursuit of perfection’ is visible in the newly unveiled eighth generation of Phantom. Heralding a new pathway in the global luxury industry, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said the new Phantom “Is a creation of great beauty and power, a dominant symbol of wealth and human achievement. It is an icon and an artwork that embraces the personal desires of each of our individual customers.”
Blink. You just missed it. At an impressive 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, and 0-200km/h in 7.8 seconds, with a maximum speed of 341km/h, it is a rare experience to catch more than a glimpse of the McLaren 720S. At the recent launch of the supercar in Melbourne, we were able to admire the beauty on display as it calmly slept.
Neue Luxury • Issue 7 • Feature • BY Kyle Fortune SHARE
The dark side of Rolls-Royce
In response to a diversifying and increasingly demanding client base, Rolls-Royce have created Black Badge: A new Rolls-Royce that defies convention with customised details, dark features and the finest of Rolls-Royce technology and advancements.
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Intuition and serendipity
Flavio Manzoni imbues every conversation with candour and passion, his sentences scattered with literary quotes and references to works of art and architecture. According to the self-taught designer, great automotive design is achieved by cross-fertilising disparate disciplines and appreciating intuition and serendipity throughout the process.
Since 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 events that have defined the world we live in today. To celebrate its 92 years as one of the most celebrated luxury items, Rolls-Royce is holding an exhibition, The Great Eight Phantoms, to be held at the end of July in Mayfair, London.
In a spectacular event at London’s Roundhouse, the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 was presented today. Codenamed 103EX, it is the marque’s first ever pure ‘Vision Vehicle,’ defining the future of luxury mobility. The Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 presents an intriguing and aesthetically dynamic vision of the future of luxury mobility—a completely personal, effortless and autonomous Rolls-Royce experience, wrapped in a design that ensures a ‘Grand Sanctuary’ for its occupants.
McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, has announced the creation of the MSO Carbon Series LT. Strictly limited to 25 units globally—all already sold—and based on the 675LT Spider, the Carbon Series LT has been produced in response to requests from McLaren customers captivated by the visual carbon fibre bodied McLaren P1™ displayed recently at the International Geneva Motor Show.
Neue Luxury • Issue 2 • Feature • BY Ray Edgar SHARE
A grand tour
Amid the white noise of reality TV and the whining clamour of the wannabe celebrity, it’s startling to find someone with actual accomplishments who prefers to remain anonymous. This is not a new phenomenon, of course. In fact, it was once admired and aspired to. It was called ‘cool’.
Neue Luxury • Issue 3 • Feature • BY Kyle Fortune SHARE
Inside the rarefied world of prestige and bespoke cars
In the rarefied world of prestige and bespoke cars, luxury is a term used to describe the opportunity to create an incredibly personalised object d’art. A playground where discerning clients and engaged designers discard standard specifications in favour of a world of limitless possibilities, personal expression and the fulfilment of dreams.
Neue Luxury • Issue 5 • Feature • BY Kyle Fortune SHARE
A BLACK SWAN MOMENT
Introduing the McLaren 570S
Four thousand cars, a tiny number in automotive terms, is McLaren Automotive’s goal. Established in 2010, the marque is evidently still in its infancy. The F1—the fastest naturally aspirated production car to ever be built and one that still remains a global automotive supercar icon since its inception in 1992—remains a persuasive element at the heart of McLaren’s brand identity.