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NEW LEGO® TECHNIC™ TOP GEAR RALLY CAR

First ever LEGO Technic Top Gear collaboration wows the crowds at LA Auto Show

Today, the LEGO Group revealed the first ever LEGO® Technic™ Top Gear Set in partnership with BBC Studios. The new LEGO Technic App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car is an authentic looking GT Rally car for ages 9 years and above and will be available globally from 26th December 2019.

LEGO Technic designers joined forces with the BBC Top Gear team to co-design the body of the car and accompanying stickers to create an ultra-realistic and fast looking racer that fans are sure to enjoy building at home.  

The model is remote controlled via the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app and contains functions such as steering, multi-touch control and gyro control as well as different challenges and achievements to deliver a thrilling, immersive play experience. The rally car comes complete with 1 large motor, 1 XL motor and 1 Bluetooth controlled smart hub. 

“‘It’s  exciting to have collaborated with LEGO Technic on this and it’s  a very natural fit for the Top Gear brand.  The LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car is the result of several months hard work from the LEGO and BBC Studios teams and we can’t wait to see it on the  shelves soon” said Jason Easy, Head of Licensing UK, BBC Studios.

Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director for LEGO Technic added: “We are really excited to finally reveal the App-Controlled LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car. The car offers a challenging build for ages 9+ who are into authentic play and intrigued about how things work. The CONTROL+ app gives an extensive play experience with several different play modes and exciting challenges.”

Factsheet:

LEGO Technic App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car
• First LEGO Technic set designed in partnership with BBC studios
• 463 LEGO elements used
• The model comes with 1 large motor, 1 XL motor and 1 Bluetooth controlled smart hub
• Remote controlled via the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app
• Price: $129.00/£124,99
• The product is available globally from 26th December 2019
LEGO Technic CONTROL+ Functions:
• Driving forwards and backwards, steering with CONTROL+ app
• Multi-touch control
• Gyro control
• Challenges and achievements
• Inspirational videos for play
• The LEGO TECHNIC CONTROL+ app can be downloaded from the App Store or GooglePlay.

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words Leg Godt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. Its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.

For more information: www.LEGO.com  

About Top Gear

Top Gear is the world’s biggest and longest-running motoring entertainment shows, spanning 42 years of heritage with a huge following of an estimated 350m viewers globally, across 200+ territories, making it one of the world’s most widely watched factual TV programmes. The latest series of Top Gear featuring Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris has been by far the best performing series of recent years, making it BBC TWO’s biggest show so far in 2019.

The Top Gear brand also has a proven-track record in consumer products, with the world’s biggest monthly motoring magazine, DVD’s, books and gaming, plus the Top Gear website that attracts 4.5 million unique users per month.  Top Gear’s Social media platforms include profiles on YouTube with 2.2 billion video views and 6.7m subscribers, 21 million global fans on Facebook, 2 million followers for Twitter and 3.5m on Instagram, its fastest growing social profile. 

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

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How to Upgrade Your Lifestyle For Less

Everyone wants a sprinkle of glamor in their lives every now and again, and this has led to an interest in the trend for affordable luxury, where families try to add sparkle to their everyday lives without breaking the bank. Whether you are dreaming of a new car or a travel experience of a lifetime, this article will show you how simple it is to both upgrade your lifestyle and still have enough money left over to pay the mortgage.  

  • Stay Savvy When Repairing or Replacing Your Car 

Cars and other vehicles have always been symbolic of the luxury lifestyle, with many people searching to upgrade their car every couple of years for the latest model or the newest design. However, when you are considering upgrading your car, you should be aware of the best methods in which to do this. For instance, https://tearapart.com/ can help you to get more for your money when buying a new car by selling old vehicles for parts, allowing you to build up a larger nest egg to buy the car that you have always been dreaming of. Not only this but Tear Away also allows you to buy used parts, meaning that you can upgrade the parts in your car and make it drive like it is brand new for far less of the expected cost.

  • Simplify Home Remodelling 

Now, you need the home to match this luxurious lifestyle, and remodeling your home is often perceived as the best way to do this. However, remodeling can often be expensive, whether you plan to buy new furniture or even build an extension. Rather than spend out on extensive remodels, you can add luxury to your home for less by making a number of simple changes. These include investing in new soft furnishings to cover worn furniture, adding mood lighting which you can adapt to your needs, giving your rooms a lick of paint, investing in fresh flowers or plants, and increasing the natural lighting in your rooms. 

  • Find Travel Deals 

Vacations are often the best times for families to experience luxury, and you can enjoy a luxury vacation for less by being savvy when booking your travel experience. Rather than simply book the first flight that you come across, you should be aware of the travel deals available for the region you plan to travel to, compare flights and hotels using comparison websites, and build up air miles for reduced costs. You should also consider booking early or late in the season, and even traveling during off-peak times for the best business class prices. 

  • Go on Luxury Days Out for Less 

Luxury days out do not always have to be as expensive as you would imagine, either, with there being many ways in which you can enjoy a day out for less. This can include looking for free events in your local area or waiting for coupons so that you can enjoy the most popular attractions and restaurants near you. 

  • Be an Expert in the Fashion World 

It is also important to dress to impress when you are considering luxury and becoming an expert in the fashion world is one of the best ways to do so. Rather than spending out a lot on clothing, though, you should consider investing in one or two staple pieces, or consider a capsule wardrobe to enable you to combine both luxury and minimalism at once.

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New Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Release Exclusive Behind the Scenes Look at New James Bond Film – No Time To Die

The automaker’s new Defender faces its toughest test in the latest Bond movie, which releases in April 2020

Land Rover has put fans inside the New Defender on the set of No Time To Die, the 25th official James Bond film, in a teaser video released to announce its continued partnership with EON Productions.

Footage captured during filming of the upcoming movie gives a unique, behind-the-scenes view of stunt co-ordinator Lee Morrison and stunt driver Jess Hawkins at work.

No Time To Die is the first movie to feature the New Defender, the latest legendary vehicle to star in a James Bond car chase sequence. The New Defender has been tested by the 007 expert stunt team in the most extreme off-road conditions, demonstrating its unstoppable nature.

Lee Morrison, James Bond Stunt Co-ordinator, said:

“Designing and co-ordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset. We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements, steep descents and river crossings so we chose the new Defender. I’m beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but much, much better!”

The New Defender provides ground clearance of 291mm and world-class off-road geometry, giving the Defender 110 approach, breakover and departure angles of 38, 28 and 40 degrees (Off Road height) respectively. Its maximum wading depth of 900mm is supported by a new Wade programme in the Terrain Response 2 system, so drivers can ford deep water with complete confidence.

Britain’s biggest vehicle manufacturer has a long-standing partnership with EON Productions on the Bond films, which began in 1983 when a Range Rover Convertible appeared in Octopussy.

Alongside the Defenders, No Time To Die also features the Range Rover Sport SVR, Series III Land Rover and Range Rover Classic.

No Time To Die, is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. The film will be released globally in cinemas from April 2 2020 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 10, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios via their United Artists Releasing banner.

Watch HERE.

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Car Battery Facts: Everything You Need to Know

Everyone knows what it’s like to have a dead car battery. Read this article and we’ll tell you what you need to know about keeping your battery in good shape.

Whether you’ve got a tricked out 4-wheel drive super truck or a fuel-efficient hatchback car, there’s one thing that everyone’s car has in common: they need a battery to run.
Everyone gets the main idea behind the car battery. It provides the electrical power to your car, it has a certain lifespan, and it needs to be replaced at some point.

However, not everyone takes the time to learn a bit more about car batteries to understand just how much you need a fully operational one.

Here are several car battery facts that every car driver should know about for the integrity of their vehicle.

1. It Converts Energy

Have you ever heard of how to properly dispose of household batteries such as AA and AAA batteries? You’re supposed to recycle them and for good reason… they contain chemicals that give them power.

There’s a common misconception that car batteries are a box filled with electrical currents that are ready to strike. They’re not; that would be extremely dangerous.

Instead, car batteries serve as a converter for your car. They take chemical energy and transform that into the electric energy that all of your car parts require to operate.
Your car by itself can’t naturally convert chemicals into electric power, that’s why it needs a battery to do it’s bidding.

2. Corrosion

There is no shortage of signs when a battery is starting to slowly fade out. Once you know what they are, you can prevent from ever starting your morning commute with a dead battery again.

First off, if you’re ever in doubt, lift the hood on your car and investigate the battery terminals and cables for corrosion.

If you don’t know what corrosion looks like, it resembles a build-up of barnacles on the side of a boat.

While corrosion could be the main culprit of your battery’s power is blocked, you should still take it as a sign the entire battery needs replaced someday soon.

Thankfully, you can pour Coca-Cola… yes, that’s right, Coca-Cola… over the corrosion and it will eat away at the build-up of corrosion on your battery terminals.

Consider that household remedy a temporary fix until you can get your car battery replaced.

3. “Check Engine” Light Indication

Other than popping the hood for visual signs, there are several other indications that your battery is headed for its inevitable doom.
Most people don’t realize that the check engine light serves as a notice of battery issues. Often times, your engine’s troubles are a direct correlation to the lack of power coming from the battery.

That could show problems such as the life of the car battery or just be an indication of corrosion that’s blocking the flow from the battery to your car engine.

Either way, take it to your trusted car mechanic as soon as you possibly can.

4. Trust Your Nose

If you’ve been noticing a rotten smell to your car the past few times you’ve driven it, take it to get looked at right away.

The foul smell could be coming from a number of things such as corrosion and rust, but it may also be the faulty battery itself.

If the battering is leaking, you’ll have much more significant problems on your hands. Battery chemicals are a severe threat to your other car parts and need to be cleaned by a professional right away!

5. Know Its Life in Battery Years

Everyone knows that every year of a dog’s life is equivalent to 7 years of a human’s life.

If that’s the case, then consider every year of your battery’s life to be equivalent to 25 years of your life.
Car batteries are intended to be filtered out every 2-3 years or so. 3 years is considered to be in its retirement stage of life. If your battery is 4-5 years old, it’s ancient and should be replaced immediately.
You’re lucky it’s made it this far, now it’s time to count your blessings and replace it before the old-time battery causes detrimental harm to the rest of your car.

6. The Best Way to Check Its Pulse

If you’re ever in doubt of your battery’s remaining power, you can always check in on it using a load testing.

The process itself doesn’t take very long and requires only a few tools such as a hydrometer and voltmeter to get the exact measurements that you’re looking for.

This way of checking in on your car can help you understand what portion of the battery is causing it to fail. That can save you from winding up on the side of the road calling for a tow truck.

Of course, you can always play it safe by getting the battery replaced, but if you want to hang on to it just a tad longer, the load test is a great resource to have.

Load testing can also help you recharge the battery (if that’s the glaring problem) and get a read on how the battery is charging in its current state.

If you want to find out more on how to correctly load test, and what that looks like, use this battery guide for in-depth instructions.

Use These Car Battery Facts for Your Vehicle

What’s the point of reading an article of car battery facts if you’re not going to apply them to your current vehicle situation?

Best of luck with figuring out the root of the problem. Hopefully, load testing is a valuable asset to your troubleshooting.

Be sure to check back with the 360 Magazine often for all the latest trends and helpful facts.

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How To Choose The Right Motor Trade Insurance

When you are a professional who works with vehicles every day, you need to make sure that you are protected against anything that might come your way. Say, for example, you are a mechanic who needs to drive a client’s car. Do you have the right kind of insurance cover for this?

Motor trade insurance is the perfect kind of policy for this kind of role. If you don’t already have motor trade insurance then you should make sure that you invest in the right kind of policy. Here, we are going to help you choose the right motor trade insurance for your business. Keep reading to find out more.

Do You Need It?

If your business has ‘care, custody or control’ of someone else’s car you will need Third Party motor trade insurance at the very least.

Some of the common types of roles that require motor trade insurance include car dealers, bodyshop repair garages and valets. These are the people who are likely to be driving around in someone else’s vehicle and any business that employs this kind of staff needs to have the right kind of cover. Make sure to find out if your business requires this kind of insurance before taking out a policy to ensure that you don’t waste any money in the future.

What Is Covered?

Motor trade insurance will be tailored to the needs of the business, and as such it’s impossible to say exactly what will be covered by each policy.

Each policy will be different and you might need to pay more for the more comprehensive policies. Some things that you might expect to be covered by this kind of insurance may not be, so make sure that you are reading all of the terms and conditions carefully before you take out a policy.

Comparing Prices

When you are trying to choose the right motor trade insurance policy for your business, you need to make sure that it is affordable. Policies will range in price depending on the type of cover and the company that is providing it. It is always a good idea to compare the prices of different policies before you make any commitment to the deal.

You can do this easily by using an online platform who will look at your requirements and provide you with the best deals across a range of providers. Don’t just go for the first one you see, ensure you compare providers using a price comparison platform. This will help you to find the right price and not overpay for your insurance. This is something which will help to keep your business costs low as we are sure that you will have a lot of other things to pay for.

Optional Extras

Finally, you might want to consider looking at some of the optional extras that can be added on to your motor trade insurance policy. These extras are things that can make your policy more comprehensive and personalised to your business. Some of the things that you might be able to have added on to your policy include European cover, Parts Only cover and cover for your business premises.
Some of these optional extras will add a lot of money to your policy while others might only have a small impact on the cost. Make sure to only add on the things that you need and don’t be swayed by an insurance company that wants to make some extra money from you.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right kind of motor trade insurance for your business can be tricky but if you think about it carefully then you should be able to find the right policy. It is important that you know first what you need to be covered for and that you have a budget in mind. If you can find a policy that covers everything that you need and you find it for the right price then you should be able to make the right decision.

We advise that you always compare prices before you commit to any kind of policy in the future. Soon, you’ll have your motor business up and running and be covered should anything happen while you are on the job.

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Black Badge Cullinan

Black Badge family defines taste of a younger generation

¤6.75-litre V12 engine now delivers increased power (600BHP) and (664 ft-lb) torque

¤Drivetrain and chassis re-engineered for enhanced dynamic performance

¤Infinity symbol continues to signify noir expression of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled the latest member of the Black Badge permanent Bespoke Family, Black Badge Cullinan. Introduced in March of 2016 to tremendous reception, today one-in-five Rolls-Royce commissions is done as Black Badge with a darker image that defines the taste of a younger generation of luxury consumer., Cullinan remains the most popular Rolls-Royce with clients waiting for months for Bespoke commission. Now it is time for Black Badge Cullinan to conquer new frontiers.
 
“Black Badge reflects the desires of a distinct group of Rolls-Royce clients: men and women who take risks, break rules and build success on their own terms. The time has come for Rolls-Royce’s boldest and darkest expression of Black Badge yet. The King of the Night, Black Badge Cullinan,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
 
This Rolls-Royce alter ego is marked with the mathematical symbol representing a potential infinity placed discreetly throughout the motor car. This marking was first applied to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking Rolls-Royce-powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane.
 
Black Badge Cullinan Exterior: The King of the Night
Multiple layers of paint and lacquer are meticulously applied and hand-polished polished for up to five hours, representing the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint color. The depth and intensity of Black Badge Cullinan’s finish serves as the perfect canvas for a contrasting Coachline.
 
 
The darkened Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is presented in high gloss black chrome and the iconic Rolls-Royce badges invert to become silver-on-black. Chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes are darkened and the vertical grille bars remain polished, reflecting the blackened surfaces that surround them.
 
Black Badge Cullinan wears all-new 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for Black Badge Cullinan. The 22-wheels accompanied by another first for Rolls-Royce with the marque’s first ever colored brake caliper. The high gloss Red paint offsets the new dark wheels.
Black Badge Cullinan Interior: Superlative comfort. Audacious design
Collaboration between designers, engineers and craftspeople saw the creation of a luxury carbon-fiber finish developed to create repeating geometrical shapes in a three-dimensional effect. Each leaf of Technical Fiber is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours then hand-polished to Rolls-Royce’s hallmark mirror finish.
 
Starlight Headliner has joined Rolls-Royce iconography alongside the Spirit of Ecstasy and Pantheon Grille and makes its Cullinan debut on Black Badge Cullinan. Crafted in Black leather with 1344 individual fiber optic cables, the new Bespoke Starlight Headliner incorporates a new shooting star feature with eight brilliant white shooting stars.
 
Color and Trim designers created a bold new leather color, Forge Yellow, to offer as part of the brand’s curated collection. The new colors can also be commissioned for the Bespoke Viewing Suite or incorporated into the Recreation Module tailored to any client’s specification.
 
Black Badge Cullinan Engineering. The Architecture of Luxury’s dark side
Black Badge is far more than an aesthetic treatment. Key to the thrill of Black Badge Cullinan is the Architecture of Luxury, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminum architecture. The sub-structure delivers extraordinary body stiffness and is fitted with all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.
 
Like all Black Badge family members Black Badge Cullinan is enhanced to generate an extra 29bhp for a total of 600bhp and an additional 37 ft-lb (50NM) for a total 664 ft-lb (900NM) torque. Pressing the ‘Low’ button on the gear shift unlocks Black Badge Cullinan’s full suite of technologies including the new Black Badge audible exhaust, creating a deep rumble of the 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12. As the Rolls-Royce of SUV’s, Black Badge moves Cullinan to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
 
Black Badge Cullinan features Rolls-Royce’s ‘Intuitive Throttle’ for a more aggressive shift pattern for the ZF 8-speed transmission. Both front and rear steered axles work collaboratively to adjust the levels of engagement depending on throttle and steering inputs. Changes to suspension components and settings add to the suite of dynamic technologies that ensure balanced dynamic and refined ride. And of course, Black Badge Cullinan features a raised braking bite point and decreased pedal travel. Redesigned brake discs also allow consistency in these changes while braking at elevated temperatures.
 
Black Badge Cullinan is now available to commission.

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HRE WHEELS

UNVEILS NEW FLAGSHIP TWO-PIECE FORGED WHEEL SERIES S1SC

The new Series S1SC line features stronger and lighter two-piece forged wheels utilizing proprietary forged rim barrels.

HRE Performance Wheels, a company known for making wheels with the utmost style, quality and exclusivity, has added a major product platform to its forged wheel lines with the introduction of the Series S1SC two-piece wheels. The Series S1SC is the first two-piece forged wheel line from HRE and offers greater stiffness, reduced mass, higher concentricity and eliminates the air seal required of traditional three-piece wheels.

The S1SC is the first wheel line to utilize HRE’s new proprietary one-piece forged barrel, named FMR™ (Forged Monoblok Rim). The S1SC wheels feature aggressive styling similar to the Monoblok P1SC and employ multiple technical design features for increased stiffness and reduced mass. In typical HRE fashion, particular attention was paid to spoke details, including intersection points and the fastener flange surfacing. The S1SC FMR™ barrel is launching with a clean contemporary profile, but the design and forged/machined construction methodology allow for future variations incorporating other styles such as vintage J-style flange lips.

“HRE is focusing a lot on advanced materials and technology at the moment, but we are also always looking at ways to improve our core forged products,” said HRE President and CEO, Alan Peltier. “This new two-piece forged wheel platform allows us to offer the modular styling of a traditional 3-piece wheel, while improving performance and quality across every metric, and the Series S1SC is only the first of many new forged wheel series that will incorporate the new FMR™ barrel.” 

The Series S1SC wheels feature four different styles including a mesh wheel (S101SC), V-spoke (S104SC), split five-spoke (S107SC) and Y-spoke phone dial (S111SC). The Series S1SC initially will be available in limited fitments for 20-inch and 21-inch diameters for high performance cars, followed by additional designs, diameters and applications in the near future. 

HRE Series S1SC wheels are available for order now at www.HREWheels.com and at authorized HRE dealers. First deliveries will start in Q1 of 2020.

RECARO PREMIUM PERFORMANCE SEATS

OFFER DYNAMIC DRIVING EXPERIENCES 

From the ultimate in comfort and ergonomics to uncompromising sporting flair, Recaro Automotive Seating, the world’s leading manufacturer of performance car seats, is inviting American car enthusiasts to experience premium performance seating. At its SEMA booth #50219 in the Performance Pavilion, Recaro Automotive Seating is showcasing a fine selection of passenger car seats available for the U.S. aftermarket. These seats make a big difference when it comes to driving safer, more comfortably, and more controlled.

SEMA visitors are invited to share the unique Recaro brand experience – and to feel the difference. With this year’s extended portfolio of street legal performance seats, Recaro Automotive Seating is consistently strengthening its U.S. aftermarket activities and engagement.

The name says it all: Its unique combination of ergonomics and comfort, together with the right adjustment options, is what makes the Recaro Expert M so special. With its paddable lumbar support and preformed, adjustable backrest side bolsters, it supports taller drivers perfectly. It also includes a long seat cushion with less pronounced, flat side bolsters for easy access and an extendable seat cushion for optimal body support.

Recaro offers a numer of exclusive seats that are crafted to perfection, built with only the finest materials, and are consistent down to the smallest detail. The Recaro Speed V, inspired by classic Recaro racing shells, combines the look, feel, and support of a racing generation seat with all the necessary comfort for every day driving. With its unique design features and fabrics, it complements the styling of high-end U.S. sports cars and sports sedans. For long-lasting, firm, and dynamic support during high-performance driving, the Speed V features specially formed shoulder support, lateral support, and highly pronounced side bolsters at the seat cushion. 

With its long-standing history as one of the most successful sportive car seats in the world, the Recaro Sportster GT addresses today’s top sport luxury automobiles, representing the latest in aftermarket seating technology. It combines the features of a sports seat and the light-weight shell of a racing seat. The innovative, reinforced polymer-based backrest provides comfort along with optimal body support with its pronounced side bolsters and excellent shoulder support. The Sportster GT fuses style, superb materials, and outstanding craftsmanship with unparalleled quality.

To experience what Recaro calls ergonomical body support, SEMA visitors are invited to take a seat on the Recaro Cross Sportster, where driving performance meets comfort. It boasts an ergonomic seat structure, body-hugging contours, firm upholstery, pronounced side bolsters at the backrest, and finely-tuned adjustment options. In addition, it features breathable covers, a flat seat cushion, and low side bolsters which makes getting in and out much easier in higher vehicles like SUVs. For maximum safety, the Cross Sportster is also available with an optional universal side airbag.

About Recaro Automotive Seating:

Recaro Automotive Seating is the premium brand of Adient. At six locations in Germany, Poland, Japan, Mexico, and the USA, we design, manufacture, and market complete seats representative of our core competencies of design, ergonomics, craftsmanship, robustness, lightweight construction, and first-class workmanship, under the brand name Recaro. Recaro Automotive Seating offers passenger car seats for OEMs and the aftermarket, using the brand Recaro under a license of the Recaro Holding. For more information, please visit recaro-automotive.com

About Adient:

Adient is the global leader in automotive seating. With 85,000 employees operating 238 manufacturing/assembly plants in 34 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit adient.com.

You can find information on our processing of your personal data on our website in various languages: www.adient.com/privacy 

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LEXUS GS F

“The Lexus GS F is undeniably one of the most iconic vehicles of the brand’s history! Like a reserved bottle of wine, it ages well.” – 360 MAGAZINE

By Anthony Sovinsky × Vaughn Lowery

The ‘F’ marquee represents the high performance division of vehicles engineered by Lexus. The 2019 Lexus GS F has earned its right through rigorous testing to bear the weight of the ‘F’ stamp of approval. It’s graceful design and superior performance are on par with the BMW M Models and Mercedes-AMG line.

Design

The GS F is only in its third season, yet it’s overall traits are retro while still embodying Lexus’s luxurious appeal. The side profiles are simple – no excess vents or useless lines. At the front, there’s a gradual growth in aggressiveness which begins with fender cut-outs. The spindle grille is accompanied by two massive air ducts which lie beneath each Triple Beam LED headlamps. It has been masterfully carved to enhance aerodynamics with a 0.33 drag coefficient. The buttocks is the defining attribute on this sports sedan – clearly this car can deep squat. Reminiscent of its predecessors, however, this model has chrome quad exhaust pipes (diagonally stacked upon one another). 

Our test model came well-equipped with the 10th Anniversary Package for an additional $5000 USD. It has several unique style upgrades inside and out. Only 100 units were produced in the United States. Exterior refinements include a matte Nebula Gray paint and 19” contrasting BBS 16-spoke wheels. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires come standard along side of painted blue Brembo calipers and ‘F’ logo puddle lights. 

Up front are a 16-way power adjustable driver and a 5-way adjustable passenger ‘F’ performance race-inspired seats. They encase passengers comfortably and firmly. An ‘F’ Sport steering wheel with racing ergonomics elegantly compliment the cabin. There’s electric blue carbon fiber along the door panels and dash coupled with alcantara door trim and armrest. Futhermore, there’s a F 10th Anniversary Limited medallion affixed just right above the blue shift knob. 

Performance

Unlike its competition, commonly turbocharging and supercharging their vehicles to boast extra power, Lexus decided to implant a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 in the GS. It outputs 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. Although it’s not outpowering it’s German counterparts, it offers a nostalgic feel with balanced performance and predictability. Its force is distributed through an 8-speed automatic transmission that is best experienced in SportS+ mode. One should take advantage of the paddle shifters and row the gears through their more spirited ranges, 4800 RPM and above. 

This car exemplifies it’s athletic prowess on roads which test it’s balance. And, for those of us who don’t have access to a track, windy roads will serve. We drove through LA’s Mulholland Drive to PCH for a Sunday morning jaunt to Carr Winery in Santa Barbara for a tasting. Much to our surprise, the husky 4-door held its ground. The tires stuck around corners with great tenacity and body roll was almost absent. Moreover, the ventilated disc brakes with high friction pads were of great help in approaching turns. In gain, F Sport suspension with Ilachs-sourced shock absorbers kept the ride firm with little rebound in both Track and SLALOM modes. 

Safety

Plenty of features are included to keep drivers as well as passengers safe and sound. Essential characteristics that came in handy are the following: smart stop technology, blind spot monitor with cross traffic alert, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control (for long drives), lane departure alert with steering wheel assist and lane keep assist (are great for driver fatigue). Lastly, Lexus Enform offers assistance if the vehicle is involved in accident or stolen. You can also communicate with an actual representative to send directions straight to the car while in motion. Finally, a car concierge for a sports sedan that confortably seats four.

Technology

As much as we enjoyed listening to the sweet serenade of the exhaust, the audio system is just as satisfying. Our version came with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, with 835 watts of power ($1380 USD). It’s unquestionably one of the most powerful units its segment. In addition, there’s a 12.3-inch infotainment display that can be surfed with an armrest remote. To date, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are unavailable. However, music can be played from your phone while connected to Bluetooth and/or plugged into the USB port. And, for $900 you can opt for an in color heads-up display (HUD) that offers metrics such as the speed limit, current MPH/KMH and tachometer. 

Conclusion

In short, the standard 2019 Lexus GS F is priced at $84,350 and the 10th Anniversary Edition retails around $93,250. For far less than its challengers, the GS F is an exotic with tons of intuitive amenities. A true head-turner and automotive beast.

For additional information on the LEXUS GS F go HERE.

O'Gara Coach, LA, Formula 1, Hollywood, 360 MAGAZINE, Robert Grubbs

O’Gara Coach × Formula 1

This week marked the first-time Los Angeles has played host to a Formula 1 event. The Formula 1 Hollywood Ride of Fame took place on a closed down Hollywood Blvd over the course of two days, beginning Tuesday, October 29th, and ending on Wednesday 30th. Leading luxury car dealership group, O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills, sponsored the event as well as provided three of the participating vehicles, a McLaren GT4, McLaren 600LT, and an Aston Martin DBS.

“We’re very excited to welcome the Formula 1 family to Los Angeles and introduce the city to the pinnacle series of racing! We are particularly happy to have the Aston Martin Red Bull team here to tear up the streets on Hollywood Blvd and O’Gara is thrilled to also be a part of the show and excite the fans alongside F1.”
– Rhys Edwards, Executive Director of Marketing at O’Gara Coach

Formula 1 kicked off the event by featuring a static display of past and present F1 cars, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to take an up-close and personal look at the vehicles. The O’Gara Coach vehicles were also on display at this time, garnering attention from the crowds hoping to snap a photo and peek at the models. By 4 pm on Wednesday, the live festivities officially began and thousands of spectators were lined up on Hollywood Blvd to watch the live show. O’Gara kicked off the show by driving their cars through the track driven by world-class professionals including Parris Mullins, Mark Proto, and Geoff Reeves. The crowd was mesmerized as these dazzling vehicles exhibited a true pinnacle of supercars in the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Blvd. Following O’Gara’s presentation, Red Bull provided an extravagant display of dare devil’s parachuting from the sky to arrive right on the track, stunt bikers, and acrobats. As a special delight, a live orchestra led by composer Brian Tyler performed the F1 theme song.

Wednesday also featured demonstrations from three Formula 1 world champions Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. The trio was accompanied by their respective teams; Mercedes AMG Petronas Racing, Renault F1, and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, before heading to Austin Texas to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. All three riders also took part in an inaugural “F1 Donut Competition”, and with the help of the crowd, guest judge Brian Tyler chose Valterri as the champion. To close out the festivities all three world champion riders took to the track and all completed donuts with their race cars at the same time. Safe to say, the crowd went wild!

The McLaren 570S GT4 is a full competition specification GT4 car that is ready to race straight from the factory. The new McLaren 600LT builds on the agility and the purity of the 570S, its detailed connection to the road, and imbues it with the raw thrills and exhilarating performance that only a McLaren “Longtail” can deliver. The Aston Martin DBS has long signified the utmost in elegance and speed, comfort and performance. The shape is unmistakably Aston Martin, but stronger, broader, and more muscular than ever, not as a stylish whim but to cool and control the most powerful machine Aston Martin has ever produced.

About O’Gara Coach

O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 42 years, with locations in Beverly Hills, La Jolla, and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Automobil Pininfarina, Bentley, Bugatti, Genesis, Karma, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Rimac and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. http://www.ogaracoach.com

Photo credit: Robert Grubbs.