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Green Car illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

7 Steps to Vinyl Wrap Your Car

Vinyl wrapping your car is a great way to change its look. And there couldn’t be anything better than a new look for your car that is inexpensive, personalized and done at home.

Yes, you read it right. You can vinyl wrap your car at home – with the utmost perfection and a professional finish. There won’t be any trapped air bubbles when you’re finished.

The modern (and still cheap) vinyl-adhesive technology doesn’t get to the sticky state until after 24 hours after its application. This means you will have ample time to trace out the air bubbles. The special type of stretchy vinyl used for decorating cars, can be comfortably molded around curves for super smooth finish. And once you top with a coat of factory laminate, your vinyl finish will stay put for a decade!

Excited for a car makeover? Then, get ready.

Get your gear sorted and head on for this thoroughly satisfying DIY project. Here’s all that you’ll need:

  • Degreaser
  • Isopropyl alcohol or other cleaning solution
  • Measuring tape
  • Cutting knife and tools
  • Squeegee
  • Heat Gun
  • Gloves
  • Vinyl wrap of your choice

How to Vinyl Wrap your Car in 7 Easy Steps

  1. Prep the Car

Before you start the vinyl wrapping process, you’d need to clear off the bumpers, handles, molding and trims. Also remove the mirrors, because getting the wrap around the mirrors and moldings will take a lot of time and unnecessary effort.

Be careful while removing and re-fixing the parts. If you accidently damage anything, you can look up for a replacement at a Tucson auto body shop.

  1. Select the vinyl

You can find a huge variety of vinyl sheets at stores, usually in the size of 25 feet by 60 feet. This area is sufficient for covering the car body. Ordinarily, the material would cost you somewhere around $2500. But the rates may vary depending on the designs and vendor. Make sure you select the right vinylfor your car.

  1. Treat the car surface

This step lays the foundation for the entire project. You need to thoroughly wipe the surface of the car with a degreaser and cleaning solution. If there is any polish, wax or dirt on the surface, the vinyl won’t stick properly. Also consider getting some touch-up done on the body if there are chips and scratches, because once you lay on the vinyl these imperfections would become all the more glaring.

  1. Measure it out

You will need to cut out the vinyl in size for the different areas of the car surface. Measure each part one by one being careful you have the right measurements on hand. Always cut out 4-6 inches extra from the material to be on the safe side. You can always trim off the extras later.

  1. Apply the vinyl

Now comes the fun part. Once you’ve double checked that the surface is sparkly clean, you can peel off the backing from the vinyl and apply it on the surface. Start from the centre and work outwards gradually. You should start from the smaller parts first and get a hang of laying out the vinyl. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles using the squeegee and heat gun.

  1. Make adjustments

Make straight cuts with a cutting knife and trim out the edges. But don’t go too deep or you would scratch out the paint. Once you have trimmed, reapply the edges and make it secure. If there are any seams visible, you can use pinstripes to cover them up.

  1. Apply heat and let it set

Now that the vinyl is all neatly laid out, you can apply the heat gun and make it secure. In case the vinyl comes off instead of drawing in to the car surface, you will have to reapply it.

Once it’s all done, take a step back and admire the beauty you just created!

The whole process can take you anywhere from 6-8 hours or even more. Take it slow and be as precise as you can. You can also divide the task into shifts and complete it over a couple of days.

McLaren and Pirelli Automobile Photo from Pirelli

Pirelli × McLaren 765LT

In exciting automobile news, Pirelli is to exclusively equip the new McLaren 765LT. The two companies have been set on a mission to deliver as much performance as possible on dry-weather for the luxury British supercar company’s fastest-ever Super Series car to lap a circuit. The P Zero Trofeo R tire was chosen as the starting point for this latest collaboration; this tire is Pirelli’s best-performing track day tire and is entirely road legal. Now, the Trofeo R has been further refined in a joint effort from Pirelli and McLaren to meet the high-performance requirements of this latest car, following some intense work from Pirelli’s renowned research and development division. For drivers who are less inclined to use their cars on track, the Pirelli P Zero tires are also available.

Speed and Safety

The new McLaren 765LT announces its sporting intentions with a 765-horsepower engine that puts out 800 Nm of torque to deliver the ultimate in performance, as well as aerodynamics that place plenty of load through the bespoke P Zero Trofeo R tires. To meet McLaren’s need for a tire that is bespoke to the 765LT, Pirelli’s engineers have worked on the structure and profile of the tires.

Another fundamental element in achieving McLaren’s objectives was the tread pattern compound. The design of the tread pattern has been designed to guarantee the best possible road holding both in a straight line and through corners, reducing braking distances and maximising lateral grip. All this extra performance from the tires, allied with the innovative capabilities of the new 765LT itself, has allowed the car to go faster round a circuit than any other car ever produced in Woking.

Collaboration Between Pirelli and McLaren

The new P Zero Trofeo R created for the McLaren 765LT represents the latest tire born out of the long collaboration between Pirelli and McLaren, which also draws on the extensive lessons learned from motorsport by both companies. Every vehicle leaves the McLaren Production Centre with its own specific Pirelli tire, tailor-made for that particular car and distinguished by a distinctive ‘MC’ marking on the sidewall. Some of these tires are additionally equipped with other Pirelli technologies such as PNCS – Pirelli Noise Cancelling System – which guarantees maximum acoustic comfort inside the car.

Rolls Royce, Rose, Muse, Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine,

ROLLS-ROYCE EXPLORES A VERY UNIQUE MUSE: A ROLLS-ROYCE ROSE

This year more than ever, as we have been confined to our homes while the natural world flourishes around us, we are reminded of the wonders of nature. Spring is a time of hope and optimism, when bird song crescendos and flowers greet us with heady scent and vibrant colour. As we approach the first ever online RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Rolls-Royce looks a little closer to home and reflects on a Bespoke and storied rose, preparing for an abundant bloom.

In the courtyard of the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, a rare flower — the Phantom Rose — is cultivated. Bred solely for the marque as a source of inspiration, Rolls-Royce’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence is the only place in the world where this rose can be found.

British Rose breeder Philip Harkness, of the award winning Harkness Roses, bred the Phantom Rose especially for the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. His family has been breeding roses since 1879, establishing a tradition of beautiful blooms associated with the Harkness name. Today, plants and flowers bred by Harkness Roses remain a constant favourite on the international horticultural scene, winning gold at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show more than 25 times in the last 50 years.

On commissioning the rose, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Sina-Maria Eggl, commented, “The rose had to embody Rolls-Royce’s poise, elegance and allure. The result was a very pure, delicate but voluminous white flower: sensual, but strong in presence, with an alluring aroma and extra winter durability.”

The Phantom Rose grows in a specially designed bed, fringed with lavender, running alongside the reflection ponds adjacent to the marque’s award winning Sir Nicholas Grimshaw plant. Indeed, it is no coincidence that both Rolls-Royce associates and the marque’s Bespoke Designers can view the rose bed through the plant’s floor-to-ceiling glass as they work.

The Phantom Rose is a blousy, creamy-white flower, offering a full bloom of 50 petals and a rich perfume. Harkness describes it as a quintessentially English rose, which took eight years to develop. It was, he says, a labour of love. “A rose has the ability to captivate you on many levels. It is a thing of beauty, it can stimulate the senses with wonderful perfume, the soft touch of the petals or the rasping pain from a thorn. It touches our emotions, signifies love and appears in some of our finest poetry. How can a simple flower live up to this expectation? The rose that Rolls-Royce has commissioned makes easy work of the task. Observe the glory of the bloom. There can be few more enjoyable experiences, thanks to the unending generosity and diversity of nature captured in one single rose.”

In 2017, an iteration of the rose debuted in a one-off design for Phantom’s Gallery. The Gallery is protected by an uninterrupted piece of glass that spans the width of the marque’s flagship, behind which a recess presents an up-lit stage, becoming an area for patrons to embrace the unique storytelling characteristic of the marque.

Stems of the rose were flown to awaiting master artisans from world-renowned porcelain manufacturer Nymphenburg, Bavaria, Southern Germany. Here, the rose was examined in its varying stages, from bud to full bloom, before being crafted by hand for the Gallery in the finest black and white porcelain ever created by the company. The development process alone lasted three months in order to achieve the same level of delicacy as the Phantom Rose itself.

More recently, the Phantom Rose acted as a primary point of inspiration for Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Ieuan Hatherall. It was here that an extraordinary Bespoke commission began, consisting of over one million stitches, for a Swedish entrepreneur with a passion for flowers. The Phantom Rose is illustrated in varying stages of maturity in the finest embroidery throughout the interior of a highly unique, one-of-a-kind Phantom.

Ieuan Hatherall commented, “There is a transcendent beauty when a rose garden is in full bloom. The commissioning patron wanted to create that same feeling of awe; an abundance of flowers to lift the spirit and celebrate nature’s decadent beauty.”

Ahead of the first ever online RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 18-23 May, Rolls-Royce releases an extended interview with the commissioning patron of The Rolls-Royce Rose Phantom. Click here to view the extended film.

Rolls Royce, Muse, Rose, Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine,

Anthony Joshua × Range Rover

World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua Gets Fight-Ready With Bespoke Range Rover SVAutobiography

Bespoke luxury SUV will chauffeur the heavyweight world champion to his next fight, against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in London on 20 June

Land Rover has created a one-off Range Rover SVAutobiography for world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua OBE. The bespoke luxury SUV made its world premiere outside the Finchley Boxing Club in Barnet, north London, where Joshua started his journey to the world heavyweight title, and will transport the reigning champion to his next title defence this summer.

Custom details help to identify the famous owner of the one-off SVAutobiography, these include a commissioning plaque on the centre console bearing the AJBXNG graphic, Joshua’s signature embroidered on the headrests of all four seats inside and personalised illuminated treadplates. The aluminium trim finisher on the dashboard has also been engraved with Joshua’s name while the interior door handles have been etched with a unique boxing glove motif.

Joshua has just confirmed details of his next fight, against Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on 20 June. His specially commissioned Range Rover SVAutobiography long wheelbase will make his ride to the fight as comfortable as possible.

Anthony Joshua said:
The countdown to my next fight has begun and this custom Range Rover will play its part in the build-up. With family and media commitments here in London and my training base in Sheffield, I spend lots of time on the road. The SVAutobiography will take the stress out of long trips, allowing me to relax in complete comfort, and its unique design features both my family crest and references to my boxing success and I have to thank the team at Land Rover Vehicle Personalisation for taking my ideas and making them real.

The unique model features distinctive Bespoke Black paintwork with a matching roof and door mirrors while a Graphite Atlas front grille, side vent graphics and door handles maintain the stealthy appearance. Purposeful 22-inch split-spoke alloy wheels with a Diamond Turned Finish and contrasting Red brake callipers complete the exterior, with the Union Flag badges on the front fender vents bearing the number 258 – a subtle reference to Joshua’s management company.

Power comes from a 565PS V8 Supercharged engine for smooth power delivery and peerless refinement. Joshua can control the latest Touch Pro Duo infotainment using either the central front touchscreens or, when travelling in the rear, from the 10-inch Rear Entertainment Screens mounted in the front headrests.

All Range Rover SVAutobiography models are hand-finished at the Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre in Coventry and the vehicle personalisation team helps customers to specify their own unique commission, working with a Land Rover designer.