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Moon Taxi × Silver Dream Tour

Nashville-based alt-rock band Moon Taxi have added Nashville’s premier vinyl disco DJs Sparkle City Disco and small-town organic farmers turned major label rock stars Illiterate Light along with a host of other friends including Futurebirds, Olympic Music, and AFTM to their national headline Silver Dream tour this summer/fall.

The tour will find Moon Taxi and friends playing the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY on August 7 and continuing through into the fall hitting venues such as New York City’s famed Webster Hall, The Ogden in Denver, Delmar Hall in St. Louis, and two nights at the brand new 2,200-capacity concert hall The Eastern in Atlanta, Georgia where the run will conclude over the Thanksgiving holiday. For more info visit Moon Taxi’s website.

Moon Taxi has thrived on the touring circuit for years, bringing their electric performances to Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and beyond. The band also celebrated a career-defining moment as “Nashville’s own” in October ’17 when they performed at a two night, sold-out run at the famed Ryman Auditorium earning praise from the Tennessean (“Moon Taxi evolves from ‘college project’ to rock stars”). Their music has been embraced as well by brands using their songs for many commercial and TV placements – from JEEP, to Microsoft Surface Pro, McDonald’s, to BMW, along with landmark sporting events including the Olympics, MLB, NFL, and NHL and HBO Sports. Their songs are motivational and energizing, and they have become a “go-to” band for songs that inspire forging ahead.

Heather Skovlund Lexus IS 350 F-Sport illustration for use by 360 Magazine

2021 Lexus IS 350 F SPORT

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine took the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport out for a spin along California’s golden coast. We drove the Grecian Water model- an electric blue color that surely was the star of Hollywood Boulevard. As compared to other luxury sedans, such as a the BMW 3 Series, the Lexus IS provides unrivaled steering feel, safety features, and price. The low to the ground position of the vehicle­–30mm wider than its predecessor Lexus model–makes for a dramatic, aggressive, and sleek reimagined design. A pure sports sedan, the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport promises peak performance, craftsmanship, and technological innovation.

The intriguing, proactive layout of the Lexus IS 350 F-Sport inspired 360 Magazine to revamp our LA workspace to reflect the vehicle’s beautiful interior and exterior. During our trip, we drove the Lexus IS to several Home Depots as we worked on renovations. Thanks to the agile driving ability of the IS, we were able to get to our destination smoothly in a matter of minutes. The lean design of the Lexus IS allowed us to easily maneuver into tight parking spaces and around busy corners. The ferocious agility and powerful drive of the vehicle made for a comfortable journey as picked up revamping supplies.

We reimagined our LA location to exude sophistication and innovation, as the Lexus IS represents. With new shelving units and countertops, modern metallic flooring, a chandelier with LED lights, repainted matte countertops, and installed bejeweled glass knobs, the 360 team transformed our area into a completely redesigned and elevated workspace. To maximize the space’s function, we also added surrounded sound, subwoofers, and a TV. Just like the ergonomically compact and versatile construction of the Lexus IS, 360 Magazine’s refurbished LA workspace reflects how we will efficiently utilize the space for future events, dinners, and live performances. For trips to Home Depot, work commutes, grocery runs, cruises along the Golden Coast, and more, the Lexus IS 350 F-Sport is the ideal vehicle.

Design

The Lexus IS 350 F-Sport was designed in tandem with BMW and Lexus, mixing the utmost quality of German and Japanese engineering. Some of the most noteworthy design features of the F-Sport include heated and ventilated power sears for the driver and passenger, as well as a shift knob and hand-selected leather-trimmed steering wheel and interior trim. Fine accent stitching details car’s the dashboard, creating a very coordinated and sleek ambiance in the vehicle. The large, circular air vents in the car are reminiscent of jet turbines and make every drive in the Lexus a daring adventure to embark upon.

The IS 350 F-Sport has all-wheel drive abilities that grant enhanced traction on many surfaces and conditions. Carpet floor mats lets passengers climb back into their Lexus with no fear after a day out adventuring. The car’s 19 in staggered-width alloy wheels, with a dark metallic finish, allow drivers to take on any terrain. The IS 350 F-Sport has luxurious F-Sport exterior styling including glossy black accents around the grille, lower rocker, and rear lip spoiler and a singular tailpipe that stylishly tapers to mere centimeter in the center. When passengers enter the vehicle, they are sure to notice to the black, geometric film interior trim, which creates a classy, elegant atmosphere in the car’s cabin. Following the perimeters of the vehicle’s lustrous trim, passenger’s eyes are led up to the power tilt-and-slide moonroof.

While we loved cruising in style in the Grecian Blue model, the vehicle also comes in seven other stunning shades: Ultra White, Iridium, Atomic Silver, Cloudburst Gray, Caviar, Infrared, and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0.

Technology 

Lexus’ impressive multimedia system, comprised of The Mark Levinson navigation/audio package, includes a navigation system with 10.3in touch screen multimedia display, Lexus Enform dynamic navigation (3-year trial included), dynamic voice command (10-year trial included), Lexus Enform destination assist (3-year trial included), and Mark Levinson 17-speaker, 1,800-watt premium sound system audio system with voice command. Also available on the display is a panoramic view monitor with four high-resolution cameras on the car’s front, side, and rear. The panoramic view monitor allows drivers a bird’s eye view of their surrounding environment, providing helpful assistance with parking and tight maneuvering. All of these tech savvy features make navigating and entertaining a breeze.

Driver need not lift a finger from the wheel, as they can easily listen to music, make lists, hear the news, and control smart-home devices by using voice commands. The digital instrumental of the car’s gauges can also be read aloud to inform drivers when necessary. Or flip between channels and navigate the touchscreen with the Lexus Enform Remote (which includes a 3-year trial.)

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility lets drivers cruise while listening to their favorite music, podcasts, audio books, and more. Or, if you prefer to have someone else curating your driving playlist, crank on the car’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio (3-month trial of such is included.) During our sunset cruise, we listened to “Love Nobody” and Afro Soul by WurlD.

The IS 350 is compatible with smartphones, smart watches, devices enabled with Google Assistant, and the Amazon Echo. Even if you’re traveling in remote areas, Lexus’ Enform Wi-Fi (3-month trial included) lets adventurers stay connected, wherever you are. Further, the Lexus App allows drivers to manage their vehicle on the go. Schedule service appointment and start your vehicle remotely with just a few simple taps.

With dual-zone electrostatic climate controls, drivers can customize their car’s temperature effortlessly with intuitive slide touch controls. Individual settings allow for both the driver and front seat passenger to set their preferred temperatures.

Safety

Lexus knows that their customers travel with precious cargo. Keeping this in mind, the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport was created with a myriad of safety features to keep everyone secure. The F-Sport model has a governmental 5-star for its driver and passenger safety in case of a crash and is also rated 5-stars regarding the safety of passengers in case of rollover in a single-vehicle crash.

Equipped with the Lexus Safety System + 2.5 Pre-Collision System, this Lexus has pedestrian detection, all speed-dynamic radar cruise control, intelligent high beams, road sign assist, lane tracing assist, and lane departure alert with steering assist. The vehicle also comes stocked with a first aid kit, so you can feel prepared for anything while on-the-go.

Additionally, the blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert smart access takes the stress out of driving in crowded areas. If drivers are hesitant the venture out into stormy weather, the IS 350’s rain sensing wipers allow driver’s a clear view of the road in front of them, no matter what. Even while driving at night, Lexus customers can feel protected knowing that the car’s intelligent high bean headlamps and road sign assist will make navigating in the dark easy. Auto on/off LEF low and high beam headlights with daytime running lights (DRL) will illuminate the night, wherever your adventures take you.

Performance 

Standard features of the vehicle include a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 311 HP @ 6600, and 280 torque @ 4800. The enhanced agility of this new model allows for improved cornering, reduced body lean, and greater overall responsiveness. The annual fuel cost of the car totals $2,100, with a 23 MPG– 20 mpg in the city, and 28 mpg on the highway. Further, the F-Spot uses only 4.3 gallons per 100 miles. The fuel economy, greenhouse gas rating, and smog rating of the car is a 5/10.

The IS 350 F-Spot has an exhilarating 8-speed sport direct-shift transmission (RWD only). This model Lexus performs highly, thanks to the car’s rear wheel drive and selection of five driving modes (ECO, Normal, Sport & Snow.) Drivers can also utilize custom drive mode, which enables users to create a unique combination of drive mode settings for a more personalized driving experience.

Drivers to cruise with comfort, thanks to the mounted steering wheel with paddle shifters. For those wanting extra security, the torsen limited-slip differential is available; which shifts power to the rear wheel with the most grip to provide greater traction and command during acceleration and cornering.

Other performance aspects of the Lexus IS 350 F-Sport are included in the Dynamic Handling Package. This package includes adaptive variable suspension turning abilities (with components that are up to 20% lighter to sharpen response and reduce body lean), a moveable meter, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler.

Cost

Upon purchasing your Lexus, the car retailer provides their Lexus Enform Safety Connect, which includes a 3-year trial. Furthermore, the Lexus Enform Service Connect is included for the first 10 years of ownership. The 2021 Lexus 2021 IS 350 F-Sport starts at $39,050.

The model that 360 Magazine took on the road–including delivery, processing and handling fees–cost $53,740.

Purchase NOW.

360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
360 LA Workspace renovation image via Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
Himiway Escape by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Top e-bikes

By: Emily Bunn × Carly Cohen

Let’s cruise into the top ten e-bikes for 2021. This article will be closely focusing on America’s top rated e-bikes: Radpowerbikes, Himiway and ONYX, along with other brands.

1.  Fat Tire Bikes

Fat tire bikes are the best type of e-bikes for off-roading. Their over-sized tires usually measure around 3.8 inches tall, or larger. Their height allows for fat tire bikes to travel in dunes, snow, sand, and mud. Fat tire bikes are designed for low ground pressure to create the best riding experience in extreme climates.

2. RadRunner 1

The RadRunner 1 is a unique bike that runs for $1,299 on Rad Power Bike’s website. This model is the very first e-bike to offers adjustable driver seats. What makes the RadRunner 1 stand out is its puncture-resistant tires. These tires are made from a layer of aramid and ceramic particles inside of the tire, under the tread. There is also a LED control panel, which makes it super easy to turn the vehicle on and off. This bike is unique and up to date.

3. RadRover Step-Thru 1

A low step, fat tire electric bike that fits everyone. The bike has an integrated brake light, which lights up whenever the breaks are being used–making the RadRover Step-Thru 1 safe for nighttime biking. This e-bike includes front and rear fenders that help protect from the elements.

4. Gotrax Emerge Bike

This e-bike runs for $699.99, and has a 250W Motor. The Emerge allows the driver to travel up to 26 miles before needing a charge, and can go up to 20mph.

5. Gotrax Alpha XL Bike

A very powerful and durable bike, which allows for an enjoyable and safe riding experience. These tires on the Alpha XL are shock-absorbent and wear-resistant. This has a motor of 350W, making the Alpha XL more powerful than the Emerge Bike.

6. RadWagon 4

The perfect bike when loading up and needed to go somewhere. The RadWagon 4’s tires are smaller and wider, which create a smoother drive than other e-bikes. The rear rack holds up to 120 pounds, allowing for heavy-duty supplies transport or for kids to ride on the back.

7. RadMini 4

This electric folding fat bike can be used for quick stow-away. It creates more space for storing away the bike, but it is ready-to-go for adventure. The RadMini 4 is not necessarily “mini,” it will provide the same great experience as a normal-sized bike.

8. RadCity 4

An updated electric bike made for long, comfortable rides. This bike rides up to 45 miles before need to recharge. It offers great comfort, so the 45 miles is worth each second of the ride. This bike presents a fun and safe experience riding in RadCity.

9. RadMission 1

Out of all of these bikes, the RadMission is the most stylish and sleek look. For those who are looking for a stylish ride, this one is it. As stated by Forbes Magazine, it “gets the job done beautifully.”

10. The Aventure by Aventon

Aventon stated that this e-bike is the “most powerful and versatile e-bike we’ve ever designed.” With the front suspension fork, fat tires, and great handling, Aventon promises a fun and comfortable ride.

11. Juiced bikes – CrossCurrent

A high-performance electric bike. Juiced Bikes offer various models that range from 55+ miles to 80+ miles. The CrossCurrent S2 and Crosscurrent X are fast and beautiful bikes that compare with each other in speed and distance.

12. Himiway Moped-Style Electric Bike

Himiway bikes are fast, safe, and exciting. Focusing on the Moped-Style Electric Bike, this bike runs for $1,699 with 45+ miles per charge. Reviews state that it is “easy to assemble” “[Himiway offers] great customer service” and [it] “changes my lifestyle.”

13. ONYX – RCR – 72V

A luxury, handmade bike. This bike ranges in price, costing up to $4,149. Each bike is handmade in one of their two facilities in California. When placing an order, it can take up to two months to receive it. This is a high-quality bike that offers a wonderful riding experience.

14. KBO Breeze

The KBO Breeze is the perfect e-bike for comfortable city cruising and commuting. If you’re looking for more adventure, the KBO Breeze can handle rough terrain as well, thanks to its front suspension and mechanical disc brake system. For young people and professionals on the go–whether you’re going into the office, picking up groceries, or just getting some exercise–the KBO Breeze is the perfect electric bike option.

15. GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike 26”

GoTrax recently released their 2021 electric bike series, which includes the Emerge Electric Bike. Environmentally friendly and efficient, this bike is essential for active, ecologically conscious cyclists. This e-bike is especially designed with shorter, smaller riders in mind. GoTrax’s products are certified to UL safety standards.

16. Ducati’s MG-20

The first ever foldable e-bike, Ducati’s MG-20 packs in portable convenience where ever you go. This versatility makes the MG-20 the ideal urban mobility e-bike. For commuters on the go, this e-bike– which travels up to 25mph– is ideal. A waterproof, 20 inch LCD display and included controller allows for cyclists to have total control. This luxurious e-bike will be on sale in July 2021 for $1902.

17. Harley Davidson Serial 1 eBicycles

American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson, is now stepping into the world of electric bikes. The company’s new Serial 1 eBicycles series consists of four models: MOSH/CTY (“the ultimate urban play-bike”, designed for trend-setting adults in urban environments, includes pedal assist, $3,799), RUSH/CTY STEP-THRU (loaded with features and includes a step-thru frame, “an essential urban-commute feature for some riders”, $4,999), RUSH/CTY STEP-OVER (a premium vehicle for cosmopolitan e-bikers, “the sophisticated commuter”, $4,999), and the upcoming RUSH/CTY SPEED (provides electric assistance to allow speeds of up to 28mph, “the quickest way to navigate any city”, $5,599.)

18. BMW Urban Hybrid E-Bike

Automaker BMW has recently forayed into the world of e-bikes with their Urban Hybrid E-Bike. This e-bike keeps with BMW’s typical 4 spoke pattern. The matte black bike model comes in three sixes, small, medium, and large. Equipped with Shimano 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes, the e-bike is able to handle rugged terrain with durability and stiffness.  Technical features, such as the HMI display with integrated remote, allow for riders to stay up to date while on the go. The Urban Hybrid E-Bike retails for $2,330 on BMW’s website.

19. Porsche eBike Sport

Sporty and sophisticated, Porsche’s e-bike promises to be the most stylish, luxurious ride around town. Unconventionally, the bike is designed with an upside-down suspension fork from MAGURA and FOX to provide the most balanced and smooth journey possible. This high-end e-bike is installed with Shimano’s color LED display, allowing cyclists to easily access information while riding. Reminiscent of driving in a Porsche car, the e-bike’s Continental Speed King tires make for a comfortable adventure, where ever the road takes you. The Porsche eBike sport retails for $10,700 HERE.

20. Pedego Ford Super Cruiser eBike

Ford’s new eBike carries on Henry Ford’s original vision while introducing new electric bike technology to the automaker’s arsenal. Designed for Pedego by world-renowned bicycle architect Tony Ellsworth, this ebike can reach speeds of up to 20mph with its 7-speed geared twist shifter and Schwalbe Big Ben tires. Interestingly, the bike’s adjustable handlebars can move up and down or in and out. The Pedego Ford Super Cruiser eBike is priced at $3,959 and can be purchased HERE.

21. SONDORS Metacycle

SONDORS’ Metacycle is the newest, shiniest toy on the electric motorcycle market, and could be the first largely affordable high-way capable model in the US. Wrapped in bespoke designed aluminum casing, this e-bike’s cast “exo-frame” looks both powerful and sleek. With an installed rear hub motor, this urban electric motorcycle is able to travel up to a fast and furious 80 mph for 80 miles. Other features of the revolutionary vehicle include hydraulic brake locks, adjustable suspensions, a reverse gear, wireless charging, LED lighting and a full color digital display. The Metacycle will be available in Q3, and retail for $5,000. While this electric motorcycle is pricier than other models, riders will know that every penny was well spent after their first exhilarating joy ride. For more information and to reserve your Metacycle, please visit SONDOR’s website.

22. Super73 E-bikes

Super73 provides unarguable e-bike excellence with their R-series, S-series, and Z-series models. The six available e-bikes– the Super73 ZI, the Super 73 ZX, and The Super 73 SI, the Super 72 S2, the Super 73 R, and the Super 73 RX–are all brawny, ferocious, and capable vehicles. All of these bikes have a throttle, powerful engine, and stylish design. Super73’s vehicles are all made from aluminum alloy or steel, so riders can rest assured that their e-bike is made to last. The bikes with the most longevity in the collection are the Super73 S2, R, and RX models– all of which have 960 watt-hour batteries. These three bikes are also installed with an aggressive 1200 watt nominal/ 2000 watt peak motor. Many Super73’s e-bikes equipped with Shimano speed shifters, hydraulic rotors, multiple pedal assist options, and Bluetooth connectivity smart displays. For more information regarding each individual e-bike model, visit Super73’s website.

23. Ridel Snugger eBike

Ridel’s best-selling, double-seat Snugger eBike packs in twice the fun and adventure of an ordinary eBike. Take friends, loved ones, and fellow adventurers along for the ride in this capable vehicle. The Snugger is equipped with a 750W 48V rear hub motor, so you can unleash your inner rebel on your joyride. Able to travel up to 28mph for up to 38 mi, your next expedition awaits. Travel further than ever before, with the vehicle’s 48V 15.6Ah removable battery. which charges in just 3-4 hours. This matte black bike has major curb appeal and is sure to be the start of the streets! Ridel’s Snugger is currently on sale for $1,999.00 and can be purchased on the company’s website.

Harry Metcalfe illustration by Heather Skovlund (Photo Credit Will Reeves) for 360 Magazine

Harry Metcalfe × The Collector

‘The Collector’ Harry Metcalfe at London Concours

  • London Concours reveals details of its perennial feature ‘The Collector’, which shines a light on one individual’s car collection
  • Co-founder of evo magazine and Harry’s Garage, Harry Metcalfe will display some gems from his garage, including his recently restored London Concours-award-winning Lamborghini Espada
  • The display will also feature two icons of ‘80s excess: the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari Testarossa
  • Metcalfe will also display among his eclectic car selection, a mix of Paris Dakar winning motorbikes from 1979 – 1998
  • Hosted at the Honorable Artillery Company HQ from 8-10 June, the London Concours is the finest automotive garden party
  • Tickets are available now, from London Concours

The London Concours presented by Montres Breguet, each year, places one individual’s car collection firmly in the limelight, revealing the personal stories and immense passion which created it. This year The Collector celebrates Oxfordshire-based automotive aficionado, co-founder of evo magazine and Harry’s Garage, Harry Metcalfe, and his eclectic car collection.

Setting the tone nicely is Harry’s Ferrari Testarossa ‘Monodado’, a car which featured heavily in the Harry’s Garage YouTube channel as it undertook a legendary journey from Harry’s home in the Cotswolds to the Sahara Desert. The Pininfarina-designed car was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1984 and is the epitome of ‘80s indulgence and excess. Harry’s car is a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, powered by a naturally aspirated dry-sump 4.9-litre Flat-12 engine – which is capable of propelling the car from 0-60mph in just over five seconds.

Alongside it, another ‘80s poster car, the Lamborghini Countach. Harry’s car is a 5000 Quattrovalvole – meaning 4 valves per cylinder. This is the highest horsepower version of the Countach ever made, producing 449hp. One of the most recognizable cars in recent history, the Countach epitomizes the decade of the 1980s, despite having been in production since 1974, where it remained until 1990. Harry’s particular car was the car that launched the Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole at the London Motor Show in 1987, and he also had legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni sign the interior during one if its many trips to Italy – a very special car indeed.

The display will also include several of Harry’s Jaguars. Most notable among them are two Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) cars. These are limited edition, fettled versions of Jaguar’s finest motor cars designed purely for motoring pleasure, in this instance Harry is bringing along a Jaguar F-TYPE ‘Project 7’ and a Jaguar XE SV ‘Project 8’.

The Jaguar F-TYPE is a limited-edition car, with only 250 ever made. Project 7 was inspired Jaguar’s racing pedigree. Its name derived from the seven times Jaguar has won the famous Le Mans 24-hour race. Three of those historic wins were in the iconic D‑type, and the brief to Jaguar’s designers with the Project 7 was to conceive a modern-day D‑type. Harry was involved in the car from its formative days, providing feedback on the first prototype vehicles. Harry’s car is number 1 of 250, and as such has a few special features including the striking orange detailing on the front grille, calipers, mirrors and the underside of the rear spoiler. Inside the boot, every member of Jaguar’s SVO team has signed the vehicle, making it truly unique.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the most powerful road legal Jaguar in history – producing 592hp from a 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine. The car is a limited production run of just 300 cars worldwide, each one hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, England. The Project 8 still holds the fastest ever lap for a four-door production sedan at the Nürburgring Nordschleife – having beaten many renowned supercars in the process. Harry’s car is the first ever Project 8 and is a bespoke version in a striking deep purple with a distinctive black stripe, it is a four-seater version with a black roof and lightweight forged black alloy wheels.

Harry is also bringing with him a selection of six Paris Dakar winning motorbikes from 1979 – 1998. Harry has had a longstanding love of motorbikes having spent a lot of time during his formative years at his parents’ house in Wales riding motorbikes around the nearby forests and fields. Bikes that visitors can expect to see on the stand include a 1978 Yamaha XT500, a 1984 BMW R80 G/S Paris Dakar, a Honda XL500R Paris Dakar, a 1989 Honda Africa Twin 650 Marathon, a 1989 Yamaha Super Tenere 750 and a 1991 Cagiva Elefant 900ie – which all help to chronicle the legendary off-road rally event which started out in 1978 pitting competitors against each other on the toughest off-road terrain from Paris France to Dakar, Senegal. He is also bringing along two of his favorite road bikes, a 1974 Kawasaki KH750 (the biggest two-stroke production superbike), which has a fearsome reputation and was banned in the US in 1976 for breaching emissions regulations, and a 1979 Honda CBX which is well-known for being the first ever six-cylinder production bike.

Rounding out a collection of eight cars and eight bikes, Harry is also bringing his 1978 Jaguar XJC V12 manual, which is currently undergoing a thorough restoration in the hands of Painting Classic Cars in Eastbourne, his recently restored 1971 Lamborghini Espada Series 2, which took home class honors at last year’s show, as well as his two Lotus models, a beautiful 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint and a classic 1987 Lotus Esprit Turbo HC.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “We always want our ‘The Collector’ feature to showcase a really personal selection of vehicles. And this year we are very pleased to welcome automotive afficionado Harry Metcalfe to join us at London Concours. What’s clear is that each of Harry’s cars and bikes is chosen for a reason; every single one has a story behind it, creating not just a spectacular visual display but a fantastic talking point, too. Harry’s collection has been collected and curated over many years and perfected over many more – and we look forward to welcoming him onto the manicured lawns of the HAC’s Artillery Gardens once more.”

Previously held over two days, the London Concours 2021 shifts to a three-day event to capitalize on visitor demand for more luxury brand content – from jewelry to bespoke suits – and modern supercars. The three days will be a VIP Preview Day, Style Edition and Supercar Day. At the heart of each day will remain the collection of nearly 100 rare and iconic luxury cars of all ages that has quickly cemented London Concours as one of the UK’s top motoring events.

The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June 2021. Tickets are available from London Concours.

The Collector – Harry Metcalfe

The Cars

  • 1978 Jaguar XJC V12 manual (TBC)
  • 1971 Lamborghini Espada S2
  • 1987 Ferrari Testarossa
  • 1987 Lamborghini Countach QV
  • 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint
  • 1987 Lotus Esprit Turbo HC
  • 2015 Jaguar Project 7
  • 2018 Jaguar Project 8

The Motorbikes – Dakar’ Collection 1978 – 1991

  • 1978 Yamaha XT500
  • 1986 BMW R80 G/S Paris-Dakar (a limited run model brought out to celebrate BMW’s 4 wins at Dakar)
  • 1984 Honda XL500R Paris Dakar
  • 1989 Honda Africa Twin 650 Marathon
  • 1989 Yamaha Super Tenere 750
  • 1991 Cagiva Elefant 900ie

The Road Bikes

  • 1974 Kawasaki KH750 H2
  • 1979 Honda CBX
Mercedes Hotwheel illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Mercedes-Benz Drops in US Luxury Car Sales

By Nica San Juan

It was a close race right to the finish line for the top luxury car brands in the US in 2020. For the second consecutive year, BMW clinched the top spot.

According to the research data analyzed and published by Stock Apps, the Bavarian automaker sold a total of 278,732 units during the year. Compared to its 2019 tally, that marked a 17.5% sales decline. Its best-selling model was the X3, which posted 59,941 unit sales.

The Munich-based company had a strong Q4 2020, contributing significantly to its crossing the finish line in the first place. During the three-month period, it sold a total of 98,750 cars. Thanks to this impressive rebound, BMW’s unit sales in Q4 2020 were a mere 2% lower than Q4 2019.

German rival Mercedes-Benz sold a total of 274,916 units in 2020, marking a decline of 13% year-over-year (YoY). Just like BMW, Mercedes too had SUVs in the lead, with the GLC-Class selling 52,626 units during the year.

Generally, Mercedes’ SUV lineup had a strong year in the US accounting for close to 65% of total annual sales. However, Mercedes was not the second best-selling premium brand. The honor went to the Japanese brand Toyota Lexus, which sold 275,041. There was a difference of only 125 units between the second and third best-sellers.

Compared to the two German brands, Lexus had the best year in terms of percentage decline, dropping by 7.7% only. Lexus RX was its top-selling model, posting 101,059 unit sales, almost as much as BMW and Mercedes’ best-selling models combined.

Audi took the fourth spot on the list of best-selling luxury brands in the US. With a total of 186,620 unit sales, the automaker posted a 17% YoY decline. Rounding up the top five was Cadillac with 129,495, down by 17.1% from 2019.

Volvo was in the sixth position, the only US luxury brand to post a percentage increase in sales. It sold 110,129 units, marking a 1.8% increase YoY. Lincoln sold 105,410 units (-6.1%), Infiniti 79,502 (-32.5%) and Porsche 57,294 (-7%).

Mercedes-Benz Clinches Top Spot Globally with 2.16 Million Unit Sales

On a global scale, Mercedes-Benz narrowly outpaced BMW to secure the title of the best-selling luxury vehicle brand worldwide in 2020. It was the fifth consecutive year in which Mercedes beat its archrival and topped the ranks.

Over the 12-month period, it sold a total of 2,164,187 units according to Auto Industriya. The figure marked a decline of 7.5% over 2019 when it sold 2,339,562 units.

It is worth noting that while its sales in North America and Europe sank compared to 2019, the Asia Pacific market saw a 4.7% increase. China was the major force behind the uptick as it had a sales increase of 11.7%.

The GLC was its best-selling model during the year, moving a total of 320,000 units. Mercedes reported a 12.9% increase in SUV and crossover sales during the year. For its all-new S-Class, there are more than 40,000 customers on the waiting list.

On the other hand, BMW was the world’s second best-selling luxury car brand, falling 136,000 units behind the #1. It posted a slightly lower decline in sales, -7.2% YoY, with a total of 2,028,659 units sold. Audi took a distant third spot with 1,692,773 unit sales in 2020 and a decline of 8.3% YoY.

Li Auto Deliveries Soar by 530% in December 2020

Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen’s Audi have had over 60% of China’s luxury car market under their control for years according to Bloomberg. But while the Chinese market drove their growth in 2020, they ceded share to Tesla and electric upstarts, Nio and Li.

Nio delivered a total of 43,728 electric vehicles (EVs) in 2020, marking an increase of 113% YoY according to Inside EEVs. These included 27,945 ES6s, 10,861 ES8s and 4,922 EC6s. The automaker launched its first EV sedan, the ET7 on January 9, 2021.

As of mid-December 2020, Li Auto announced cumulative sales of 30,000 units year-to-date (YTD). In December 2020 alone, the upstart delivered 6,126 vehicles, an increase of 530% YoY. Q4 2020 saw a total of 14,464 deliveries from the automaker.

In response to the growing threat from these brands, the aforementioned German car brands are rapidly expanding their offerings of electric vehicles. Daimler is planning to launch four purely battery-powered EV models in 2021, including the EQA compact set to launch in January. Meanwhile, BMW is planning to double its offering of pure EVs and hybrids to 25 by 2023.

In total, Mercedes sold 160,000 EVs in 2020, compared to BMWs 193,000. Audi was far behind the two with 47,000 deliveries of its e-tron SUVs.

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What Your Car Might Say About How You’ll Vote

Forbes Wheels just published a summary of data indicating the links between the car Americans drive and who they’re likely to vote for. Below are the highlights — does your car match your political affiliation?

Vehicles And Voting: What Your Car Might Say About How You’ll Vote

A month ahead of the U.S. presidential election, pollsters might gain more insight into American consumers’ voting preferences by the vehicle they drive. Based on exclusive data from Strategic Vision, in an analysis of 250 car models and 11 political affiliations:

  • Republicans make up 55% of the SUV market and 53% of the heavy duty pickup market.
  • Democrats make up 38% and 36% of the small and mid-size APT (hybrids, EVs) market, respectively.
  • Among heavy duty pickups, Republicans outnumber Dems 8-1.
  • Democrats drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars (think Honda, Subaru, or Prius).
  • Brands also convey political leanings. Audi, BMW and Volvo over-index on Democrats, while Cadillac, Land Rover, Lexus and Lincoln are heavily Republican. Chrysler, Genesis, Jeep and Kia are more balanced between political preference.

For additional insights, a breakdown of top models by political affiliation or more on the data, view the chart below or visit the full synopsis here.

Republican, Democrat, Balanced Car Segments

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Rolls-Royce Reveals New Ghost

By Cassandra Yany

Rolls-Royce revealed the design for its New Ghost on Tuesday. CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös described the Ghost as “the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet.” The first Goodwood Ghost, released in 2009, was the company’s most successful product in its 116-year history.

The automobile company released the launch film in which Müller-Ötvös shares the importance of refinement and simplicity in producing the new Ghost. The six-minute video showcases the appearance of the car, highlighting the small, unique details. Müller-Ötvös said that a client-first approach played a huge role in the car’s conception.

A team of specialists, engineers and craftspeople used research of Ghost clients’ interests, opinions and taste patterns to develop a new model that meets the preferences of these drivers. The style of the Ghost was created using the ‘Post Opulence’ philosophy, which designer Henry Cloke says is “about simplicity. [It’s] about something that doesn’t shout at you, but it whispers.”

The new Ghost has been termed “future-focused with a minimal aesthetic.” Engineers worked to combine dynamic highlights from the portfolio of numerous types of cars into one vehicle. It was formulated to remove as much energy transfer as possible from the road into the body of the car to create a smooth ride. The car was built with sound absorbing materials to reduce the level of noise inside the car. A soft undertone was created for the driver and passengers to hear a single, subtle note while on the road. Media screens fold out from behind the driver’s and passenger’s seats, providing entertainment for those sitting in the back seats.   

Behind the grill of the car are lights that provide a subtle glow below the Rolls-Royce logo, between the “laser” headlights. The interior contains wood accents, and was intended to promote a relaxing and serene driving experience. The dashboard features hundreds of illuminated stars surrounding the Ghost nameplate, and the headliner is adorned with star-like lights.

The new Ghost has all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, and was constructed to drive easy, regardless of road conditions. It was built on Rolls-Royce aluminum spaceframe architecture, which was adapted to make way for advances in this model. The Planar system increases agility through three elements:

  • The Wishbone Damper unit above the front suspension assembly creates a secure and effortless ride.
  • The Flagbearer system uses cameras to read the road and prepare the suspension system for any upcoming changes in the road surface.
  • Last, the Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for approaching corners.

The new Ghost is equipped with a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine. The doors open and close electrically for an easy entrance and exit. Engineering Lead, Jonathan Simms, said the team “pushed [their] architecture even further and created a car even more dynamic, even more luxurious and, most of all, even more effortlessly usable.”

Additionally, Rolls-Royce released a podcast series explaining the aesthetic and engineering of the new Ghost. The sleek, luxury car is expected to retail around $322,500, with the first deliveries anticipated for early next year.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Phenoms

Rolls-Royce Phantom sits at the apex of the luxury world, gracing some of the most formative moments of the past century. It is the motor car that proudly counts many of the world’s most influential and revered individuals among its wealthy collectors. As the brand has evolved, so has the face of the patrons of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and that face today is more and more feminine. Patronnes who sit at the apex of their business and industries. From Beverly Hills to Dallas, Miami, Austin, and Washington DC, these women excel as leading realtors, designers, jewellery magnates and personal services entrepreneurs. Their charitable efforts span an array of causes. Rolls-Royce captured each Phenom’s passion and personality alongside Rolls-Royce Phantoms in creating a visual gallery of their common excellence and Rolls-Royce and its dealers will kick off a series of local events to honor these individuals.

Like a Phantom, each of these owners have a commanding presence and have built their own success being the best at what they do. They never stay in one lane. They have aimed high and delivered for themselves and their community. Exhibiting elegance, presence, and compassion, Phantom Phenoms share a passion for their philanthropic efforts that make them stand out in their communities.

Martin Fritsches, President & CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas, commented, “Phantom Phenoms exhibit an aura of presence and power reminiscent of Rolls-Royce Phantom. Each of them has defined and achieved their own success, and we are honored they have chosen a Rolls-Royce motor car to help celebrate that success. We invite everyone to join us in applauding their success in business and their passion in giving back to their community.”

Rolls-Royce looks forward to the series of events this fall. Each event is designed to raise funds for a local or national charity supported by the Phantom Phenom. Events will take place when deemed safe given CDC guidelines.

As the co-Founder of a global design and strategy consultancy, Alexandra re-imagines a better future through strategic solutions and creative innovations. With this in mind, she founded Women Nation, a members-only private organization that establishes a synergy between its female members and nurtures sisterhood. The mission behind Women Nation is, through the empowerment of women, bridging gender disparity in corporations and governments. She is also a leading advocate for The Center for Child Protection, an organization spearheading the end of child abuse in Austin, Texas.

This visionary is hosting a two-part event. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Austin will host a bespoke drive experience for her clients and friends in Austin. This two-part event will conclude with an intimate gathering in the Park Souto home that benefits the Center for Child Protection.

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Rolls-Royce illustration by Mina Tocalini

Rolls-Royce Introduces

Cleanest Micro Environment Available in a Motor Car

When developing the latest generation of pinnacle luxury products, Rolls-Royce engineers sought to elevate the exceptional air quality within its existing motor cars to unprecedented levels of purity. By using the latest sensor and Nanofleece filtration technology, the marque has created the cleanest micro environment available in any motor car, further complementing the sense of oasis created by the design and material substance of its interior environments.
The importance of protecting clients from harmful carbon and pollen particles, as well as viruses and bacterial contaminants, has been of the utmost importance to the marque and, since 2015, all Rolls-Royce motor cars have benefited from state-of-the-art air filtration equipment. For the new Ghost, which debuts in autumn 2020, this technology has been further developed to incorporate a full suite of hardware and software improvements, collectively known as the Micro Environment Purification System.
Highly sensitive Impurity Detection Sensors have been introduced to detect ambient air quality, automatically switching fresh air intakes to Recirculation Mode if unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are present. This channels all cabin air through a Nanofleece filter, which is capable of removing nearly all ultra-fine particles, viruses and bacteria from the Rolls-Royce’s micro environment in less than two minutes.
Following the initial implementation of this technology, clients in future will be able to remotely pre-condition the micro environment within their Rolls-Royce via the vehicle’s app in preparation for their arrival.

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Stratos Zero Supercar?

What would the Bertone Stratos Zero Concept look like today if it had made it past the prototype stage and into production? Casey Putsch and a Genius Garage alumni Peyton MacAllister will be coachbuilding a fully functioning modern day supercar that reflects the past and shows what the Bertone Stratos Zero could have been. The King Zero project, named in recognition of Putsch’s longtime YouTube channel sponsor AvalonKing ceramic coatings, will launch this summer and take to the roads sometime later this fall.

Casey and Peyton are going old school ditching 3D and clay modeling for full scale hand drawings to bring to life the epic build (see below). Given the one-off nature of this project, the body of the King Zero will be hand formed over a wire buck using thin gauge steel to create the body.  The use of a wooden buck was not considered since there will only be one Zero ever produced, for now. Watch the video detailing the build HERE.  

King Zero project will be using the suspension and frame from a Porsche Boxster and a BMW V12 to give it modern-day supercar performance, versus the 115 horsepower Lancia Fulvia V-4 in the original prototype. The dimensions for the King Zero will also increase. The original Stratos Zero was 33 inches tall (7 inches lower than a GT 40), 144 inches long with an 87-inch wheelbase.  However, given the Boxster’s 95.2-inch wheelbase the overall dimensions for the King Zero will increase 8 to 9% to provide more room for the V-12 and also its occupants. 

“We are hoping to pay tribute to the original masterpiece and art that is the Stratos Zero,” said Putsch.  “Our plans are to take it further to represent what a pure supercar should be with simplicity and a stick shift. The goal is to make a drivable supercar that gets back to the basics. I plan on driving it as much as possible and use it to teach future engineers.”   

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