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ROLLS-ROYCE RELEASES WRAITH EAGLE VIII SKETCHES

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS RELEASES WRAITH EAGLE VIII SKETCHES ON THE CENTENARY OF THE FIRST NON-STOP TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT

To mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today releases unseen design sketches of its latest Collection Car, Wraith Eagle VIII. The collection of 50 motor cars tells the epic tale of the pioneering flight of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown. The duo conquered unchartered skies to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a Vickers Vimy aircraft, powered by twin Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines, exactly 100 years ago.

The sketches, envisioned by the Bespoke Collective of the House of Rolls-Royce, offer a rare and intimate insight into the creative journey undertaken by Rolls-Royce designers as they worked to express an extraordinary act of courage within the palette of a Rolls-Royce motor car.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The unique skill of our Bespoke Design Collective sees the story of one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century, the first non-stop transatlantic flight, told using Wraith, a motor car which speaks of power, drama and adventure. Wraith Eagle VIII is a modern masterpiece – these sketches offer an extraordinary insight into its creation.

The designs highlight the remarkable attention to detail of Rolls-Royce Bespoke craftsmanship. The starlight headliner sketch shows cloud embroidery, the halfway point coordinates and the flight path of Alcock and Brown. A further detailed sketch shows the night-time view from above, which is expertly incorporated into Wraith’s fascia, in the form of a gold, silver and copper inlay.

The sketch of the Collection Car’s clock depicts an iced background effect reminiscent of the freezing instrument panels of the adventurers, while the clock’s green night time glow is illustrated – a direct reference to the only light seen by Alcock and Brown as they crossed the Atlantic.

Wraith Eagle VIII, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ latest Collection Car will be created for discerning collectors at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex – a Centre of Global Luxury Manufacturing Excellence.

The first non-stop transatlantic flight

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved uncharted skies to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June, 1919. Contemporaries of Sir Henry Royce, Alcock and Brown flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. The bi-plane was powered by twin 20.3 litre, 350 bhp, Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. It is from this remarkable engine that this Collection takes its name. Rolls-Royce marks the 100 year anniversary of this feat with a highly contemporary Collection that speaks to today’s adventurers, whilst honouring those who changed the course of history.

I do not know what we should most admire – their audacity, determination, skill, science, their aeroplane, their Rolls-Royce engines – or their good fortune”, commented Sir Winston Churchill, following the perilous journey that brought unfathomable advancement to 20th century society.

Alcock and Brown established a legend and gained a place alongside Sir Donald Campbell in the most select club in the world; those who push beyond previous conceptions of human endeavour to achieve seemingly impossible records on land, water and now, air. Their one binding characteristic? Rolls-Royce power.

The duo suffered every conceivable challenge an aviator could face. The Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines were the only components that proved indestructible. The engines propelled the aerial voyage at previously unimagined speeds, averaging 115 mph. Their peril cannot be underestimated. Their radio and navigation instruments failed almost immediately, leaving the pilots flying unaided at night through dense cloud and freezing fog for many hours, sometimes upside down. Eventually they emerged from the cloud and using Brown’s extraordinary skill as a navigator, flew by the stars to the coast of Ireland.

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2019 LS Hybrid: The Rolls-Royce of Lexus

By Yuan Chen × Vaughn Lowery

If you are in the market for an elegant yet bespoke type of vehicle, you definitely should consider the 2019 Lexus LS 500h. As of late, we decided to take this extremely luxurious sedan on a drive around the NYC metropolitan area to rendezvous with our east coast counterparts. Unlike the 2019 Audi A8L, 2019 BMW 740e or 2018 Mercedes-Benz S650, 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a vehicle which is filled with passion, performance and a boat load of technology.

Design

The design team was inspired by traditional Japanese design and culture for the 2019 Lexus LS 500h, offering meticulous craftsmanship with an array of appointments and newly pronounced spindle grille. Outside – the silhouette is sleek and athletic. Inside – the art wood herringbone, ambient lighting and hand pleated trim (reminiscent of origami) makes everyone who enters the cabin feel like Japanese royalty.

“I want those who see the grille to appreciate the design and to wonder at its creation. I want them to be amazed at first glance.”– Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima

It’s astonishing how the company’s master craftspeople were able to fabricate their idea from a single piece of mesh (interlocking L-shaped pieces) into a reality. The complex process of its mouth started with the designer’s pen, and then a computer rendering took it further. But most importantly, the fine-tuning of the final production mold utilized Lexus Takumi craftsman Yasuhiro Nakashima’s highly trained hand. He helped it become more evocative and daring.

Technology

LS Hybrid is loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable to many top luxury manufacturers such as Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Lexus Enform Remote, Rear-seat Touchscreen Controls, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability and Remote Touchpad. Additionally, if you enjoy concert hall sound while driving, upgrade to the Mark Levinson Quantum Logic audio system. With this immersive 2400-watt audio package, the LS 500h provides an unprecedented listening experience for every person in the vehicle. This can be attributed to their 16 channels, 23-speaker injected surround system (four in the ceiling speakers and the largest subwoofer the manufacturer has ever used).

Performance

“The car hovers with both sophistication and poise unlike any other. One of the main reasons we fell back in love with Lexus” – Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The LS 500 was built on the platform of the high-performance LC coupe, the LS 500 features Lexus’s first-ever twin-turbocharged engine. LS 500 has shared the same turbocharged V6 engine with the newest Audi A8L. However, LS 500h has 354hp with 257 lb-ft of torque (achieving 0 to 60 in just 5.1 secs in RWD or 5.2 secs in AWD). After six generations, the purveyors of this prestige hybrid sedan managed to maintain the industry’s leading benchmark in its class. It’s the first multi-stage hybrid luxury sedan and, contains the instinctive feel of a 10-speed automatic transmission, the most responsive and fastest LS Hybrid with a potent 354 valve Atkinson-cycle gas engine alongside of compact dual electric motors. Their lightest and most compact self battery. If you select different drive modes (from ECO to sport) you can transform from a town car into a spunky 4 seat space ship which rockets into action. With a 22.2 gallon tank, this 3.5L 6cyl gas/electric EVT flagship gets up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.

Safety

LS 500h comes with anti-lock brakes and AWD which aids the vehicle’s ability to turn while braking, effortlessly gripping/stopping on most road conditions/terrains. Also, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, overhead and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot. Another safety feature worth mentioning are the seat belt pretensioners which automatically tighten straps when abruptly coming to a halt.

Have you ever been on a road trip with traffic and consistently worrying about the sudden stops of the front car? There are no more worries when it comes to 2019 Lexus LS 500h. This model contains features like drivers assist, lane departure assist, park assist and the 360 backup camera which will assist you the best while driving on the highway as well as backing up on tiny roads. While driving in Manhattan in bumper to bumper traffic with pedestrians on all sides, tons of sensors and alerts warned us as people/vehicles (within our blind spots) approached the vehicle. The aforementioned came in handy as this vehicle has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

Ergonomics/Additional Features

Best of all, the driver’s seat (28-way adjustable) has 7-massage options for both you and the passenger. This is important for driver’s fatigue on long drives and helps circulate the blood in the lower/upper extremities. Even more, the model also has powered operated privacy screens in the back to block out the sun. Moreover, this model allows you to raise higher and lower by the press of a button so that you can avoid unnecessary scraping while driving up steep driveways.

Not to mention, with the executive package the backseats automatically recline when passengers enter (with ottoman). The climate concierge allows for massage features along with heated/cooling, ventilated seats for added comfort. Most of which can be controlled with the rear seat controls. If this doesn’t make you feel like an emperor/empress, we don’t know what will.

In short, the 2019 Lexus LS 500h is a perfect match for someone whom likes to drive and to be driven – a high profile executive, celebrity and/or a member of an elite dynasty. At approximately $107,000, this vehicle will provoke a certain level of importance. Instead of driving to meetings, most likely meetings will be held inside of it. It’s quiet, smooth suspension as well as hospitable yet intuitive tech make it one of the best in it’s class.

View on Lexus Website here

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*Photos courtesy of Vaughn Lowery

AIWAYS previews intelligent AI cockpit tech at CES Asia 2019

  • AIWAYS gives show visitors first opportunity to experience new AI and AR technology
  • Shanghai-based company previews ‘Intelligent Care System’ of all-electric AIWAYS U5 SUV, set to go on sale in 2020

AIWAYS, the Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, is previewing its new intelligent cockpit technology at CES Asia 2019. Committed to creating a new travel lifestyle that exceeds drivers’ expectations, AIWAYS is giving show visitors the first opportunity to experience its innovative approach to connectivity, including industry-first artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) features.

These new smart technologies will be presented to consumers as part of the AIWAYS holistic ‘Intelligent Care System’ connectivity package, set to be an integral part of the all-electric U5 SUV when it goes on sale in selected markets in 2020. The system has been developed to offer U5 occupants a personal, friendly and intelligent cockpit environment.

Mr Cai Jianjun, AIWAYS Executive Vice-President of Sales and Service, said: “Our mission at AIWAYS is to provide intelligent systems that make driving easier and more enjoyable for motorists. We believe technology should be warm and inviting, and the Intelligent Care System has been designed to create a ‘home away from home’ for occupants while travelling. We look forward to sharing our ideas with CES visitors and giving them the opportunity to experience these exciting new technologies first hand.”

A leading feature of the Intelligent Care System is the ‘AI Virtual Assistant’. This driver-support technology uses AI algorithms to create an anthropomorphic in-car assistant based on a human appearance defined by the user, replacing faceless computer images. Enhancing the familial atmosphere, new voice synthesis technology allows users to give their virtual assistant a personalized voice, mimicking that of themselves, a friend, or loved-one, making the inside of the car feel like home.

Underpinning this ‘intelligent mobile companion’ proposition is a ‘Multimodal Active Interaction System’. Like the AI Virtual Assistant, this also uses AI algorithms to learn driver preferences, habits and gestures, allowing the car to intuitively understand and proactively attend to their needs. The ‘Driver Monitoring System’ observes driver behavior and provides warnings in certain situations to improve safety, including looking out for instances of driver fatigue and distraction. The monitoring system can also scan the vehicle after locking and alert drivers through the complementary AIWAYS app if they have left personal belongings inside.

A first for in-car augmented reality technology, an innovative ‘AR User Manual’ takes the complexities of a conventional printed vehicle manual off the page and into more engaging scenario-based episodic animations. This is designed to help drivers use and understand their vehicle more efficiently and effectively.

Keeping children entertained on the road while creating cherished memories is a challenge for any parent. The ‘AR Story Platform’ enables occupants to keep a visual record of memories from journeys, with the ability to create 3D picture books through AR technology at the end of a drive. The interactive picture book encourages children to develop their own stories and record time spent travelling, creating an engaging, multi-sensory experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Throughout CES Asia 2019, AIWAYS will enable visitors to experience Intelligent Care System technologies for themselves through a series of interactive displays. Show attendees should visit the AIWAYS exhibition area (Hall N5, Booth 5382) to find out more.

CES Asia 2019 takes place 11-13 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

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ROLLS-ROYCE UNVEILS WRAITH EAGLE VIII COLLECTION

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its latest Collection Car, Wraith Eagle VIII, on the shores of Lake Como at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, 24-26 May. Created by the Bespoke Collective at the House of Rolls-Royce, a Collection of just 50 Wraith Eagle VIII motor cars will tell the epic tale of one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century.

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved uncharted skies to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June, 1919. Contemporaries of Sir Henry Royce, Alcock and Brown flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. The bi-plane was powered by twin 20.3 litre, 350 bhp, Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. It is from this remarkable engine that this Collection takes its name. Rolls-Royce marks the 100 year anniversary of this feat with a highly contemporary Collection that speaks to today’s adventurers, whilst honouring those who changed the course of history.

I do not know what we should most admire – their audacity, determination, skill, science, their aeroplane, their Rolls-Royce engines – or their good fortune”, commented Sir Winston Churchill, following the perilous journey that brought unfathomable advancement to 20th century society.

Alcock and Brown established a legend and gained a place alongside Sir Donald Campbell in the most select club in the world; those who push beyond previous conceptions of human endeavour to achieve seemingly impossible records on land, water and now, air. Their one binding characteristic? Rolls-Royce power.

The duo suffered every conceivable challenge an aviator could face. The Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines were the only components that proved indestructible. The engines propelled the aerial voyage at previously unimagined speeds, averaging 115 mph. Their peril cannot be underestimated. Their radio and navigation instruments failed almost immediately, leaving the pilots flying unaided at night through dense cloud and freezing fog for many hours, sometimes upside down. Eventually they emerged from the cloud and using Brown’s extraordinary skill as a navigator, flew by the stars to the coast of Ireland.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “Wraith Eagle VIII is at once an object of desire; an homage to heroes and a protagonist to today’s visionaries. This Rolls-Royce Collection demonstrates the extraordinary skill of our Bespoke Collective at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. Bespoke remains the jewel in the crown of the marque, creating luxury items that defy the trend of mass luxury manufacturers using ‘tick-box’ options to answer customer demand.”

The exterior of the Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Car is evocative of Alcock and Brown’s compelling night time adventure. Swathed in Gunmetal with a Selby Grey upper two-tone, the colours are separated by a brass feature line, a hint at the detailing that lies within. The black grille vanes draw immediate reference to the Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine cowling on the Vickers Vimy aircraft, the wheels are part polished with a translucent shadow finish.

Within, the finely executed interior mirrors the exterior hue. Selby Grey and black leather are accented by brass, redolent of the brass sextant so integral to the success of the transatlantic journey. Executed in a contemporary fashion, the material populates key areas throughout the cockpit of the Collection. Brass speaker covers depict the estimated flight distance of 1,880 miles and ‘RR’ monograms are embroidered in brass coloured thread onto headrests. A flash of brass complements the navigator door paniers, whilst the door of the driver includes a brass plaque with Churchill’s quote commending the duo’s remarkable achievements.

Inspired by the night time flight of our intrepid heroes, the fascia represents a modern-day abstract interpretation of the view the pair would have enjoyed as finally, their craft cleared the thick fog and cloud. In a fusion of contemporary and traditional practises, Smoked Eucalyptus wood is vacuum metalized in gold before being inlaid with silver and copper, to depict the rich detail seen in night time images of the Earth from above. The scene extends to the centre console providing both an emotive and immersive experience for today’s occupants – the cockpit is in perspective with the headliner. Below, the brass-stitched quilted sides of the centre tunnel provide a direct nod to the V12 engined Vickers Vimy.

The clock of a Rolls-Royce is frequently viewed as jewellery, with many patrons choosing this canvas to tell the story of their motor car in miniature. Wraith Eagle VIII is no exception. Our intrepid pioneers recounted that their instrument panel was frozen from the high altitude and the poor conditions, referring to the only illumination coming from the green glow of the control panel lighting and the burst of flame from the starboard engine. In homage to this, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective has masterfully fabricated a clock with an iced background effect which glows a faint green in night time driving conditions. The red hour hand sits atop compass inspired lines on the clock’s fascia, whilst the landing location coordinates are engraved below.

Perhaps the most alluring feature of the Collection is the extraordinary unique starlight headliner. 1,183 starlight fibres show the celestial arrangement at the time of the flight in 1919, the flight path and constellations are embroidered in brass thread, whilst the exact moment the pair left the cloud to navigate by the stars is indicated by a red fibre optic light. Clouds are embroidered and a plaque reading, “The celestial arrangement at the halfway point 00:17am June 15th 1919, 50” 07’ Latitude North – 31” Longitude West” shows the half-way point of the momentous journey.

Just 50 of these highly collectable motor cars will be created for discerning collectors at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex – a Centre of Global Luxury Manufacturing Excellence.

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ROLLS-ROYCE: THE ‘MIAMI COLLECTION, Six of Six’

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS MIAMI INTRODUCES THE ‘MIAMI COLLECTION, Six of Six’

·       With the inspiration of picture perfect sceneries, the ‘Miami Collection, Six of Six’ captures the essence of Miami by day and by night.

·       The Six of Six Collection is made up of three models that reflect the light, sunny and breezy days in Miami.

·      The collection also features three models, which represent the reflection of the moon over Miami and the evening sparkle that provokes this magical city.

Miami days are radiant. The rays of the sun shine bright spreading the warmth of year-round summer throughout the entire city. The clear blue water and its waves move slowly in a flirtatious dance with the creamy shoreline resulting in an inevitable romance. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami has taken these magical motifs as inspiration in the creation of a collection of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unique to Miami. The collection is the result of creative collaboration among the teams and exquisite execution by the House of Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Studio in Goodwood, England. The exquisite ‘Miami Collection, Six of Six,’ was revealed today at the Southern Automotive Media Association’s annual showcase of drop heads, ‘Topless in Miami.’

Day and night, Miami is an ultra-lux wonderland. In celebration of this unique paradise, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami came together to design a collection that reflects just that. A variety of one of a kind motor cars that combine the sheer fascination of Miami with the ultimate in luxury and the best car in the world. The collaboration among the teams and creative execution by the House of Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Studio in Goodwood, England resulted in the exquisite “Miami Collection”, Six of Six.

Miami by Day

The Six of Six collection is made up of three models that reflect the light, sunny and breezy days.  The first three members of the collection feature Dawn, Ghost and Wraith representing Miami by day, with its overflow of sunshine and seashells, long afternoons of lounging and unwinding as the sun slowly descends and takes cover. With a classic Rolls-Royce two-tone color finish of Carrara White over Latte and 21 inch 14 spoke polished forged wheels. The Interior is appointed in Seashell leather with Oatmeal and Dark Spice accents – accents include a Bespoke two-tone steering wheel in Dark Spice and Oatmeal. The interior woodwork features Open Pore Royal Walnut throughout, including fascia, doors and rear deck of Dawn. And of course, the hand fitted leather seats are heated, ventilated and feature the Rolls-Royce front-seat massage.

Miami by Night

The second half of the collection then features three models: Dawn, Ghost and Wraith, which represent the reflection of the moon over Miami and the evening sparkle that provokes this magical city.

Miami nights are vibrant. As the sun goes down, the city sets the stage for its nightly performance of metropolitan seduction and glamour. From elegant dining to chic dance clubs, the revelation of luxury and beauty is eminent. The exterior finish features is done in Rolls-Royce Dark Indigo with 21 inch 10 spoke part polished wheels. The Interior is appointed in Sunrise leather with Purple Silk accents, Mimosa Negra Open Poor veneer has been hand-finished for the interior woodwork.

Both versions of the collection feature a hand-painted coachline, applied by Rolls-Royce master painter Mark Court in his Goodwood workshop. The Palm Tree coachline represents the umbrella of palm trees that spread shade over the sunny days and decorate the legendary nights. The motif is repeated on the Bespoke Headrests. The collection also includes Bespoke Treadplates with the Palm Tree motif and reading “The Miami Collection 1 of 6.” Each motor car has been hand assembled by the craftsmen and women at Goodwood, home of Rolls-Royce in the south of England.

Like all Rolls-Royce motor cars, all six of the collection are powered by the V-12 engine from Rolls-Royce precisely paired with an 8-speed transmission and independent air suspension designed to create the heralded ‘Rolls-Royce Magic Carpet Ride.’ Immediately recognizable by the Electrically Retracting Spirit of Ecstasy and Electronically Regulated Rolls-Royce Coach Doors with power closing assist and the iconic Self-righting Wheel Centers. Nestled into the door openings, two Integrated Teflon umbrellas are designed into each car, allowing this collection to bring the best of Bespoke to Miami.

The price of these commissions range from approximately $430,000 for Ghost to $470,000 for Dawn Miami Night edition. All six commissions will be on display and offer at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami is consistently at the top level in delivering world-class customer experiences for Roll-Royce clients every year. For 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami has been honoured as Dealer of the Year for the Americas, the largest region for the brand globally. This prestigious honour recognizes the efforts of the entire team in Miami in ensuring the experience that every Rolls-Royce Motor Car owner deserves and expects. The criteria for the recognition is consistency in delivering the ultimate luxury experience from the initial idea through the entire commissioning and ownership experience. While only a small factor in the evaluation, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami, part of Braman Miami, was among the top dealers in delivering Rolls-Royce commissions in 2018. This performance helped lead the brand to a record year, with 4,107 Bespoke creations leaving Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, for collections worldwide.

Bring a Trailer Introduces New Premium Services

BRING A TRAILER INTRODUCES PLUS AND WHITE GLOVE PREMIUM SERVICES FOR A CUSTOM SELLING EXPERIENCE

The Plus Service includes professional photography and listing assistance while the White Glove Service provides sellers of high-end collector vehicles with a concierge listing experience with a customizable menu of services and direct communication with Bring a Trailer staff.

Online collector car auction host Bring a Trailer has expanded its available services with two additional ways to help sellers and buyers connect. In addition to its current $99 Classic listings, the site now offers Plus listings which include professional photography and writing consultation as well as the new White Glove Service which provides assistance to sellers through the process from start to finish – custom tailoring the listing services to the needs of the seller. A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is the first collector car to be listed using Bring a Trailer’s White Glove Service and will sell at no-reserve on the Bring a Trailer Premium Services landing page, bringatrailer.com/premium.

Bring a Trailer’s new Plus listings offer sellers the same features that users are familiar with but adds professional photography services courtesy of its photography partner Snappr as well as staff consultations to help sellers show their automobile in its best light. This will help buyers better communicate the details of their automobile to the Bring a Trailer audience leading to a better experience for both. The new service charges a flat rate of $349.

For owners of rare and valuable collector vehicles or vehicle collections, the new, top-tier White Glove Service custom tailors an exclusive catalog of listing services to the specific needs of each seller. This custom selling experience can include professional photography as well as writing and curation of the listing, but there is no limit to the marketing which can be done with this option through both internal and external promotion. Pricing for the White Glove Service is dependent on the services desired. Both Plus and White Glove listings can now also be hosted for up to 21 days.

 “Our mission is to simplify the selling and buying process as much as possible,” said Bring a Trailer Founder Randy Nonnenberg. “These two additional methods of listing an automobile on our site are about providing more to our customers. More convenience, more services and, ultimately, more great cars. We are excited to be able to connect cars and car people on our site through our Premium and White Glove Service listings.”

Bring a Trailer’s new services is now available and hosts its first sale, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, at no-reserve immediately. Click here to see the listing, and here to learn more about the two new services.

About Bring a Trailer

Bring a Trailer was founded in 2007 to help connect buyers with the best rare, unique and collectible cars in the world. Site staff sift through submissions to offer only the best and most interesting cars in a unique, usable and community-oriented platform. Sellers can speak directly with bidders, answering questions and sharing photos. Over 15,000 cars have been listed on Bring a Trailer since its inception with more being added every day. Bring a Trailer auctions are listed at a flat-rate starting at just $99 with a sell-through rate of 75%.

Mullin Automotive Museum Founder Introduces Mullin Estate Wines

The new venture has launched with three red varieties each produced in the Italian region of Umbria and inspired by a bespoke French vehicle from the Mullin Automotive Museum collection

Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin has today introduced his latest business venture, Mullin Estate Wines. The new company has launched with three red wines each inspired by a bespoke French automobile in the museum collection including the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet, the 1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150-C-S “Teardrop” and the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.

The year 2016 marked the very first high-quality production for Mullin Estate Wines. His Doglio vineyard is close to the medieval hilltop town of Todi in Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy. The ancient viticulture tradition here traces back to the Etruscans who began growing grapes thousands of years ago. Made by third-generation winemaker Paolo Trappolini, the wines are bottled, labeled and packaged in the local cantina for shipment predominantly to the USA and the United Kingdom.

“Mullin Estate Wines combines my two passions: the art of the automobile and the art of winegrowing,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin. “I’m thrilled to introduce these fine wines to the world so that car enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike can appreciate the inspiration behind each bottle.”

2016 Rosso Umbria IGT

The youngest and most versatile of the family, the “little” Rosso Umbria is inspired by the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet—Mrs. Mullin’s personal choice. Best paired with simply-prepared red meat, pasta with ragout and roasted poultry, this red blend is full bodied with an intense flavor and smooth tannins.

2016 Syrah Umbria IGT

Like the 1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150-C-S “Teardrop,” the Syrah Umbria is elegant, serious and powerful. Delicious with braised red meat, steaks and seasonal cheeses, this wine has a round and silky flavor composition with equally round and rich tannins.

2016 Sangiovese Umbria IGT

Made with the best selection of grapes in limited quantities, Sangiovese is the leading indigenous grape of both Tuscany and Umbria. It is the crown jewel of the collection, much like its 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic counterpart. With deep, warm flavors of plum, spices, dark chocolate and tobacco, this wine has good minerality and a very long-lasting taste.

A white wine will be launched in the summer of 2019. For exclusive updates, please join the Mullin Estate Wines mailing list. For more information about Mullin Estate Wines, please visit www.MullinEstateWines.it.

All Hail the Driverless Car!

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson and SAFE Autuomous Vehicles VP Amitai Bin-Nun won a recent Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion “All Hail the Driverless Car!” by convincing more of the live NYC audience that a self-driving future would lead to fewer accidents, less traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and greater accessibility.

Their opponents, arguing that driverless cars might never be truly safe or affordable to anyone beyond the wealthy, were NYU data journalism professor Meredith Broussard and MIT transportation researcher Ashley Nunes.

Hear the complete debate as a podcast now here (or on all podcasting platforms under “Intelligence Squared U.S.”): https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/all-hail-driverless-car

Read selections from all four debaters’ remarks in the new issue of Automotive News: https://www.autonews.com/debate-all-hail-driverless-car

Mitch Evans Wins First Formula E Race for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Rome

Mitch Evans made history for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, claiming the team’s first ever ABB FIA Formula E win in Rome. It is Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.

During a qualifying session plagued with intermittent rain showers, an impressive performance from Mitch saw the Kiwi driver clinch P2 from Super Pole. Teammate Alex claimed a ninth place qualifying, before being penalised for exceeding the maximum power limit and started at P21.

An early collision at turn 17/18 caused a pile up of several cars and brought out a red flag.

Mitch drove confidently at the restart and managed to overtake Andre Lotterer with Attack Mode at turn 11 for the lead of the race. Despite Lotterer activating Attack More a lap later, the Kiwi driver defended well and held onto his first win in the series.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the Paris E-Prix on 27 April.

Mitch Evans commented about the win:

“This feels beautiful. It was a fantastic race. The first few laps were tricky in the wet. After the red flag I just wanted to stay steady. From early on I felt comfortable and my energy management was ahead of target so we decided to use it when it mattered. I wanted to use Attack Mode when Lotterer didn’t have it to gain that power difference. We had great pace from the beginning, so I really felt confident out there today.

It’s been years since I had a win, so this really feels amazing. I’m so happy for the team, for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing for all their hard work and to Jaguar Land Rover for their support over the past three seasons. This has really come at a great time.”

Collector Cars Auction in Paris

Based in Neuilly-sur-Seine for 25 years and well established in fourth place among the auction houses in France, Aguttes will this year organise three sales of classic cars in Paris.

Taking place at 4PM on Sunday 17 March at the Espace Champerret, the Spring Sale will give enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to acquire one of the 69 cars chosen by the Aguttes on Wheels team. Covering the years 1927 to 2012, a wide range of different cars with a colourful past will be offered for sale; you can already admire them by consulting the online catalogue

 

Among this selection of 69 cars, the presence of several first-class collections should be noted. To mark the firm’s centenary, no fewer than 21 Citroëns are presented in the catalogue, including one of the most amazing European collections, featuring no fewer than 11 Traction Avants with unique or unusual specifications, produced in the factory at the quai de Javel or at Slough and Hammersmith in England. 

Comprising three delightful Italian models, the collection ‘Il Fascino Italiano’ will be sold at auction; it will bring together an iconic trio made up of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 SS, Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 and Fiat Dino 2.4 Spider. A keen collector of Maseratis, their owner decided to diversify his collection by acquiring these three models several years ago.

Unusually, Aguttes will also offer a collection of three Honda motorbikes for sale. One is an RC45 VFR750 in road trim, while the other two had a proud history in competition. The Honda RS 250 R SPL in Rothmans livery is one of the rare competition models built for private customers in 1992, while the RC45 Endurance competed in the 1999 Bol d’Or and finished 5th at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2000.

For many years now, Aguttes has regularly turned the spotlight on motorsport in the pages of its catalogues. On this occasion too, you can marvel at some splendid cars which have contributed to the history of the sport. Among them, a Group 4 Audi Quattro which is a perfect replica of the car driven by Michèle Mouton when she became the first woman to win the San Remo Rally in the World Rally Championship. Another era and another champion: in 2002 Jutta Kleinschmidt finished second on the Paris-Dakar driving a Mitsubishi Pajero MPR9, with which Stéphane Peterhansel won the Rally of Tunisia that same year. Fully reconditioned today, it will be sold with a large stock of spare parts. Finally, one of the four Fiat 508 CS Balilla Aerodinamica Mille Miglias still in running order today will be one of the stars of this auction. Estimated at 200,000 – 300,000 €, this stylish little car with its very clean and innovative lines has been in the same ownership for 49 years and is now in very good condition with an elegant patina.