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Hot Wheel illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Hot Wheels Legends

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is Back with Global Hunt for Next Fan-Made Custom Hot Wheels Die-Cast Toy

  • Celebrating its fourth year, the 2021 Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1 will expand the global search for the ultimate life-size custom car to be immortalized as a 1:64 Hot Wheels die-cast model.
  • Kicking off in April, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour is expected to receive 10,000+ entrants across 14 countries and 5 continents.
  • The Tour will culminate in November with a global grand finale event, crowning the next Hot Wheels Garage of Legends™ inductee.

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1 is officially open for fan car submissions. Back for its fourth year, the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour will continue the Hot Wheels tradition of offering global fans the unique opportunity to have their one-of-a-kind life-size car creations forever immortalized as the next Hot Wheels Garage of Legends 1:64 die-cast toy. 

In true challenger spirit, this year’s Hot Wheels Legends Tour competition is geared up to be bigger than ever before. With stops spanning 14 countries and 5 continents, the 2021 showdown will feature both live and virtual events kicking off in April with Livestream stops in New Zealand (April 15), Australia (April 22), and the U.S. and Canada (April 29).

Dates for future stops will be announced soon, and fans may register or learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour by visiting the website. Livestreams will be available to view on the Hot Wheels Facebook page, on Walmart.com, and through automotive media partners in specific countries. Live events will be returning to U.S.-based Walmart stores this summer.

“Finding time to build isn’t always easy, but with many spending more time at home in the garage over the past year, we expect to see so many more passion-project submissions for the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour,” said Ted Wu, Global Head of Hot Wheels Design at Mattel. “Last year, we received thousands of entries, and with the added international stops, this year’s competition is expected to be more impressive with more vehicle variety than ever.”

In partnership with Mobil 1, Hot Wheels Legends Tour stops will have regional winners plus a Mobil 1 Fan Favorite, which will then be entered into the semi-final rounds representing the U.S. and global regions, yielding 10 finalists. The Tour will culminate at a grand finale event in November where there will be one custom car creation inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and honored as the next Hot Wheels die-cast toy sold around the world.

In addition to being immortalized as a 1:64 die-cast toy, previous Legends Tour winners, including 2018 winning 2JetZ and the 2019 winning classic coupe titled “The Nash,” will soon be available for purchase and play through the Forza Horizon 4 video game through the Hot Wheels Legends Car Pack on Xbox, Windows 10, iOS and Android devices.

Since its launch in 2018 to celebrate Hot Wheels 50 Anniversary, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour has grown from an American-based series of local Walmart events across the United States to the world’s largest traveling car show, bringing in builders and automotive fans through both virtual and live events. In 2021 the Hot Wheels Legends Tour will be featuring stops in a dozen new countries, including Australia with Big W, New Zealand with The Warehouse, and more. 

“The Mobil 1 brand is excited to again support the Hot Wheels Legends Tour,” said Ryan Allen, Senior Shopper Marketing Advisor, ExxonMobil. “We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with Hot Wheels to showcase incredible cars, built by incredible people. We are eager to see the return of the Mobil 1 Fan Favorite and encourage fans to vote for their favorite car at each stop to get it to the final. We are always thrilled to see there are fans who love cars as much as we do!”

Conceived in 1968 by an innovator, a rocket scientist, and a car designer, Hot Wheels 1:64 scale die-cast cars were designed to look awesome and perform like no other toy. Five decades later, Hot Wheels is the number one selling toy in the world* with more than 16.5 cars sold every second. The brand has evolved from a simple, yet beloved, toy car with an orange track system into a global franchise powerhouse that offers fans of all ages multi-channel play experiences.

DISNEY × ROY CHOI TO LAUNCH “MICKEY & FRIENDS(GIVING)”

DISNEY × ROY CHOI TO LAUNCH “MICKEY & FRIENDS(GIVING)”

In honor of the popular Friendsgiving holiday, Disney has teamed up with award-winning Chef Roy Choi – known for his popular restaurants Kogi BBQ and Best Friend – and five renowned pizzerias across the U.S. to launch Mickey & Friends(giving), offering a whole new take on the traditional ‘pie.’
Disney and Chef Choi collaborated with his friends at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles; Home Slice Pizza in Austin; Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn; Pizzeria Beddia in Philadelphia; and Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix to create six specialty pizzas inspired by the Sensational Six friends that will be available for one day only, on Saturday, Nov. 21. From an updated take on a classic pepperoni in honor of the true original Mickey Mouse, to a spicy ingredient as a nod to Donald Duck’s feistiness, each pie embodies the characters’ distinct personalities and collectively tells a story of friendship.
Starting today, fans can pre-order the specialty pizzas – for local pickup or delivery on Nov. 21 – at disney.com/mickeyfriendsstaytrue. Each pizza will be $36.00, plus tax, and will include a custom pizza box and Mickey & Friends(giving) stickers, for those who pre-ordered. Quantities are limited. First-come, first-served, while supplies last.
“I am so excited to host this ultimate pizza party mash-up for fans and friends to share this Friendsgiving together,” said Chef Roy Choi. “I named one of my restaurants Best Friend because I live for that feeling when you’re just hanging out having fun with your friends and nothing else in the world matters. I was able to team up with some of the best pizzerias in the U.S. to make some awesome recipes inspired by Mickey and his Friends, and now, fans too can experience them with each other this holiday.”

For assets on Mickey & Friends(giving), click here.

The Sensational Six-Inspired Pies Include:

Inspired by the true original, Mickey Mouse, Jon & Vinny’s special pizza-pie features a twist on classic pepperoni ‘za. This pie features smokies sausages smothered with three cheeses (fresh mozzarella, aged mozzarella, and caciocavallo) and topped with onions. A new spin on a timeless classic.

  • Home Slice Pizza (Austin) – Minnie Mouse

Inspired by Minnie Mouse’s fashionable, bold, and fun spirit, Home Slice’s specialty pizza features a deck oven pie topped with a bright red sauce and rich and creamy mozzarella white polka dots. At the center of the pie is a parmesan crisp in the shape of Minnie’s signature bow.

  • Roberta’s Pizza (Bushwick) – Donald Duck

Inspired by the legendary Donald Duck, Roberta’s pizza speaks to Donald Duck’s feisty and fiery spirit. It features Roberta’s house-made spicy nduja sausage and bitter castelfranco radicchio topped with smooth Taleggio cheese and lemon zest.

Inspired by Daisy Duck’s sassy yet classy attitude, Roberta’s white pie features Roberta’s special salsa verde and thinly sliced potatoes. It is sure to bring some of Daisy’s elegance and spiciness to your Friendsgiving table.

Inspired by Goofy’s quirky, funny, and slightly clumsy personality, Pizzeria Beddias’s crafted pizza pie includes your favorite sandwich toppings on a pizza, and what could be goofier than that! This pizza features a light tomato cream base, mozzarella, finished with mortadella and topped with a crunchy salad. It’s playful, and so yummy!

  • Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix) – Pluto

Inspired by the loveable Pluto and his insatiable appetite, Pizzeria Bianco’s specialty pizza is a fun play on meat-lovers pie. It features a generous helping of fennel sausage, pepperoni and cheese. It’s sure to be delicious!

New Products and Promotions Celebrating Friendship and Food
To keep the Friendsgiving celebrations going at home, exciting collaborations with Williams Sonoma and Instant Pot are now available. Additional collections now shoppable include American Eagle Outfitters, BaubleBar, Target, Eggie, and BoxLunch, featuring apparel, accessories, and more. These, along with retailers globally, offer something for fans of all ages, with more to come next year.
In addition, popular match-3 mobile game Disney Emoji Blitz will be celebrating Mickey & Friends(giving) throughout the month of November with in-game token events and sweepstakes sponsored by Jam City. The sweepstakes will kick off November 19, giving away five products from BoxLunch’s Mickey & Friends collection. For official sweepstakes rules and regulations please visit http://bit.ly/DEBFacebook.
Fans can also follow along with @shopDisney for updates and visit shopDisney.com for a variety of Mickey and Friends products this holiday season.
Mickey & Friends(giving) is a continuation of Mickey & Friends: Stay True, the global campaign launched earlier this year inspired by the Sensational Six – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
Disney’s Mickey & Friends: Stay True campaign will continue throughout the end of this year and into 2021. For more information, follow @MickeyTrueOriginal and #MickeyFriendsgiving #MickeyFriendsStayTrue and on Instagram.

About Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing
Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing (CPGP) brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s brands and franchises—including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more—into the daily lives of families and fans around the world through products and experiences across more than 100 retail categories from toys and t-shirts to apps, books, video games, and more. A division of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment, CPGP’s global operations include: the world’s largest licensing business, one of the biggest children’s publishing brands, a leading licensor of interactive games across platforms, Disney store locations globally, and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

2020 Slingshot Grand Touring LE illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Grand Touring LE

The all-new, custom-inspired Slingshot Grand Touring LE takes your driving adventure to a whole new level and turns heads like no other — allowing anyone to get in and turn the ordinary into extraordinary.

The newest model is part of the 2020 lineup and delivers luxurious comfort, style and design. Along with a host of amenities, the Grand Touring LE is highlighted by Slingshot’s new 2020 AutoDrive transmission, an automatic-like driving experience without the need for clutching or shifting.

The 2020 Grand Touring LE stands out from the crowd by featuring an exclusive Fairway Green paint with bronze accents and special-edition bronze wheels. See below.

Additional Features:

  • Slingshot’s Quilted Comfort Seats provide all-day comfort for drivers and passengers, while a tall Ripper Series Wind Deflector adds protection from the elements.
  • Slingshot’s seven-inch Ride Command infotainment system with built-in GPS navigation and turn-by-turn directions is perfect for any adventure.
  • Finishing off the limited-edition, custom-inspired design is a color-matched Slingshade top, color-matched Rear Fender and interior accent lighting. 
  • Drivers can also personalize their Grand Touring LE with the new Heated and Cooled Seats and Stage 1 Tune upgrade to deliver up to 203 horsepower.

With less than 300 being made, The Grand Touring LE is shipping to dealers now starting at an MSRP of $33,999.

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Adient Sells it’s Recaro Automotive Seating Unit

Adient, a global leader in automotive seating, has sold its Recaro Automotive Seating business to Raven Acquisitions LLC, a Detroit based, privately owned investment corporation. The transaction was effective January 1, 2020.

Detroit, Michigan– Recaro Automotive Seating develops, produces and markets premium vehicle seats for OEMs and the aftermarket at three locations in Europe, the U.S. and Japan and employs approximately 425 employees. In fiscal year 2019, the business generated ~$150M in revenue.

With the new corporate structure, Recaro Automotive Seating will be able to focus on its core business – performance seats, ergonomic seats, and special applications – with shorter and faster decision-making processes allowing greater flexibility to better meet the requirements of the market.

The license agreement and therefore the right to use the Recaro brand on license for the development, production, and marketing of premium car seats is transferred to the new owners. The brand license is granted by Recaro Holding GmbH, Stuttgart/Germany, the holding company of Recaro Aircraft Seating and Recaro eGaming.

About Recaro Automotive Seating:
Recaro Automotive Seating has three locations in Europe, the USA and Japan. We design, manufacture, and market complete seats representative of our core competencies of design, ergonomics, robustness, lightweight construction, and first-class workmanship, under the brand name Recaro. Recaro Automotive Seating offers passenger car seats for OEMs and the
aftermarket, using the brand Recaro under a license of the Recaro Holding. For more information, please visit recaro-automotive.com


About Adient:
Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 83,000 employees in 35 countries, Adient operates 220 manufacturing/assembly plants worldwide. We produce and deliver automotive seating for all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 23 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please
visit adient.com.

About Raven Acquisition LLC:
Raven Acquisition is a U.S.-based LLC formed by a former RECARO executive and TCE Enterprises, a family investment LLC with extensive experience in the automotive industry, including two other manufacturing companies. After closing of the transaction, working capital and long-term financing will be provided by Arctaris, a Boston-based impact investment firm working in partnership with leading banks, foundations, private companies and government partners with a focus on job creation.

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McLaren 720S Spider

Up and coming multi-hyphenate filmmaker, Ruslan Pelykh has been commissioned by luxury dealership McLaren Beverly Hills to direct a one-of-a-kind video featuring the McLaren 720S Spider. The 720S Spider has the best of both worlds as it combines the adrenaline pumping rush of a supercar while sporting a retractable roof allowing the driver to enjoy its smooth ride under the sun to fully embrace the Los Angeles lifestyle. 
 
The video, which was launched on McLaren Beverly Hills’ YouTube channel, features a captivating Helios Orange 720S Spider and models Michael Yerger, Ari Welkom, and Brittany Phillips, and was produced by Adam Maffei. Similar to the McLaren designers, Pelykh is inspired by the human form and captures close-ups of the models’ body parts in movement, illustrating the correlation to different components of the vehicle. To Pelykh, a woman’s curves mirror the ergonomically designed outer shell, a shoulder morphs into the hood of a car, and a spinal cord resembles the spoiler. Pelykh masters the art of creating powerful yet graceful imagery by contributing an innovative and cutting edge perspective, unlikely to be seen by supercar connoisseurs.
 
As such, this production marks Pelykh’s first supercar-focused project. The video also accentuates the intricacies of the car as well as the unique interiors and views of the dashboard from the driver’s seat. The glossy exteriors are beautifully highlighted and the distinctive details that are exclusive to the McLaren design are brought to the spotlight. The video comes to an end with a sensual display of the power of touch, concluding with an invitation to the viewer to climb into the driver’s seat.
 
“As a child, I was fascinated with cars and as I grew older that passion turned into sketching them, specifically coming up with my own designs. I drew cars nonstop and to now be able to create a video for McLaren Beverly Hills is a very special project for me. When I look at a McLaren I see not only hard work, high technology, and a perfectly made vehicle, I see it as artwork and the emotions people put into the process from design to completion. This specific model, the 720S Spider immediately made me think of the human body so I went with that route and started shooting the model’s bodies against different components of the car. All of my videos are shot by hand and I handle the postproduction, which is not very typical in the industry, but McLaren Beverly Hills gave me the full freedom to develop my idea and vision and because of that, I was able to create a video how I imagined.”
-Ruslan Pelykh, Director
 
“At McLaren Beverly Hills, we wanted to develop a new project that was less about racing and more about art. When I first saw the 720S, I was awestruck at the beautifully sculpted lines and curves of the body. I wanted the vehicle depicted in a way that tells a story and accentuates how incredibly sexy this car is and that’s exactly what came about through our collaboration with Ruslan. He was given free creative reigns and he forged something so special.”
-Llewyn Jobe, Director of Variable Operations at O’Gara
 
 
Ukranian born, New York City-based Pelykh is known for his artistic vision and handheld camera usage. He has worked with brands such as Alexander Wang, British Vogue, L’Officiel Italia, Rag & Bone and models including Alexina Graham, Doutzen Kroes, Elsa Hosk, and Hailey Bieber amongst others.
 
The McLaren 720S Spider performs like no other as it is exceptionally fast yet still boasts a phenomenal driver engagement. At the heart of the 720S Spider is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that generates 720PS and 770Nm allowing the speed to go from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph in just 7.9 seconds. The Retractable Hard Top is a new design by McLaren with a one-piece carbon fibre roof panel as standard. For open-air driving, the roof can be lowered in just 11 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.
 
The McLaren 720S Spider is available for purchase at McLaren Beverly Hills (price upon request).
 
About O’Gara Coach
 
O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 43 years, with locations in Beverly Hills, San Diego, and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Automobil Pininfarina, Bentley, Bugatti, Genesis, Karma, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Rimac and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. http://www.ogaracoach.com
 

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Top 4 Ways 3D Printing is Transforming the Automobile Industry 

The automotive sector is booming, and various technologies are playing a significant role. However, with the emerging economic as well as environmental concerns, the industry is back on the drawing board to rethink the way it functions. There’re several tactics to enhance manufacturing without compromising quality. Cutting down on coast as well as wastage is what the industry is aiming. Among these significant technologies, there’s one that stands out, and it’s 3D printing. Here are some fascinating ways on how 3D printing is transforming the car industry

  • Fast and cheap prototyping 

3D technology has opened an avenue for fast as well as low-cost prototyping. With this technology at hand, one can mold and set up specialized machines to make brand new car parts. One can easily use a single 3D printer to come up with various prototypes ranging from steering wheels to car breaks, among others.

One also stands a chance to benefit from making lighter as well as durable parts within the shortest time possible.

  • Customization 

Any person in the car business would like to be unique. That’s why various exotic car rental looks for cars with customized elements. They seek this path to ensure their clients get the best of the car renting business. 3D printing is quite promising among car owners as they can get what they want from car manufacturers. They can get large spare parts made by the use of 3D printing. High-end car manufacturers use this technology to customize cars for their clients.

  • Improve supply chain management 

Coming up with the final product isn’t easy. Thousands of components play a crucial role in building one car. Different suppliers from across the globe perform their part, thus the need for the supply chain management. With a long chain, the cost of making a car skyrockets, which ultimately affects the final price. However, with 3D printing, manufacturers can now have their spare parts digitally! They can produce them on demand, thus avoiding excess production.

  • Restore vintage car models 

3D printing is playing a critical role in transforming the future of the car industry.  However, people can’t move forward before looking where they came from first. 3D printing is one technology that’s used to revive historical milestones by restoring vintage cars. The process is more straightforward said than done. As the major challenge faced is unavailability of the right original equipment manufacturer part in case an accident occurs.

Original drawings can be hard to find, and some are prohibitive. Nonetheless, 3D printing is changing the state of events, and people can easily enjoy old vehicles.  

3D printing also saves on the cost of restoring a vintage car while eliminating guesswork or reverse engineering.  The technology can quickly scan and record each bump, curve, deviation, and deliver the most significant result while comparing to traditional methods. The idea has made 3D printing popular in attracting vintage car collectors as well as car museums.

3D technology is changing the car industry landscape. Many exotic car rental owners are embracing this technology to add customized cars into their fleet of vehicles. The result is ensuring their clients have the best car renting experience.  

Michael Fux, Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Pebble Beach, Cullinan

Michael Fux × RR

Car collector Michael Fux today received his twelfth Bespoke Rolls-Royce commission, and it was another stunning reveal.

Unveiled at ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering’, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuted the spectacularly colorful commission, ‘Cullinan in Fux Orange,’ marking the tenth time the brand has developed and reserved a color carrying the name of the prolific patron of Bespoke.

Unveiled by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the commission was the highlight of the Rolls-Royce celebration at The Quail and Monterey Car Week, one of the hallmark annual gatherings for global luxury collectors worldwide.

“Michael is a true patron of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke artistry. He has continually brought us color challenges ranging from exterior finishes to perfect color matching for a variety of materials throughout his creations. For more than a decade, my team has never failed to deliver for him and the brand. He has created a collection of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars that will grace the lawn of Pebble Beach and Concours around the world for the next century.” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Working with the Bespoke design and color development team at the Home of Rolls-Royce, Goodwood, Mr. Fux challenged the designers to match the exterior color to a vibrant orange ladies wrap that caught his eye in South Florida. He purchased the wrap and had it delivered to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. Working together for nearly a year, the teams delivered the perfect surface application of more than seven layers of finish polished by hand for multiple hours in the Surface Finish Center. The exterior even features black Cullinan wheels and pinstripe wheel centers in the bright ‘Fux Orange.’

The interior is decked in hand-crafted Arctic White leather with offsetting Orange stitching and Orange Rolls-Royce ‘RRs’ on the headrests. Arctic White is carried over to the luxurious box grain leather fascia, steering wheel control stems and carpets. The designers brought color contrast with ‘Fux Orange’ finished fascia veneer, rear-view mirror and lambswool floor mats. The contrast of white and color showcased the artisanship with exacting standards for the Rolls-Royce craftspeople.

Mr. Fux’s Rolls-Royce cars are the highlight of his collection including more than 150 of the world’s most unique and colorful motor cars. Arriving in the United States a young Cuban immigrant, Mr. Fux built a series of successful businesses in the bedding and linen industry. Today, he strives to give something back to the communities he has worked in. Since establishing Te Michael Fux Foundation in 2006, he has donated millions of dollars to enrich the lives of children stricken with serious illnesses. In addition to building the Fux Family Center at the Miami Children’s Hospital, Mr. Fux and his wife Gloria hold multiple events each year to sustain the center and entertain the children. The colorful collection of cars are used at fundraisers to raise money to benefit those in need.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has dozens of colors reserved for numerous clients around the globe. Among the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars he has commissioned, Mr. Fux now ‘owns’ ten Bespoke colors, more than any other patron of the brand.

These colors can only be used by, or with, the permission of the client.

·        Fux Orange (Cullinan)

·        Fux Fuxia Pearl (Phantom)

·        Fux Fuxia (Dawn)

·        Fux Blue Candy (Dawn)

·        Fux Intense Jade Pearl (Phantom)

·        Fux Aequus Green Jade Pearl (Wraith)

·        Fux White (Ghost)

·        Fux Purple Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupé)

·        Fux Red Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupé)

·        Fux Yellow (Phantom Drophead Coupé)

Rolls-Royce’s craftspeople and designers create unique, one-of-a-kind Bespoke commissions. A Bespoke color is only one of the many hundreds of features offered for luxury collectors seeking a commission from the Home of Rolls-Royce, Goodwood.

New Era, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Faust New York, NYC

New Era Delivers

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

In NYC, New Era FW19 featured exclusive product gifting and art installation by renowned graffiti artist Faust. The appointment-only experience exhibited sporty accessories which many fans and fashionistas would flock to. Bringing the essence of street style with the use of video projected urban landscapes, layered with pulsating chromatic lights brought the collection to life.

New Era athlesiure capsule offers core assortment for men and women. Fluid activewear and sustainable outerwear with minimal branding. True to theme, Faust is the ingredient of NYC with authenticity and relevance. Celebrated for his classic calligraphic graffiti writing style which demands your attention. The Faust installation is reminiscent of NYC’s 1980 concrete jungle. An interactive display ideal for social media integration. 

Adding to the heritage of New Era, they offered an exclusive Faust customization bar with original branded patches – attendees had the option to initial and chose from several ‘Faust’ logo embroidered styles onto classic fitted caps. Complete the look with performance fit ‘New Era’ t-shirts branded with true Faust style. New Era FW19 collection available soon at neweracap.com

Custom Land Rover Defender 130 in Midnight Blue

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed another stunning custom Defender 130. Design inspiration for this beautiful custom Defender 130 came from a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

E.C.D. is one of the top automotive companies in the world for custom bespoke luxury Defenders. Through their Luxury Design Experience, clients are given full control of the design of their custom Defenders. With design control of that capacity, it’s no wonder one client chose to design and color elements from a favorite supercar – a 2017 Aston Martin DB11.

Project Deep Blue is finished in Midnight Blue, an original Aston Martin paint color available for the DB11. The exterior design elements of this custom Defender 130 are more reminiscent of a luxury vehicle, a contrasting look from previous Defender 130s built by E.C.D., whose designs were centered around being off-road warriors. Project Deep Blue is subtle, yet absolutely stunning.

Under the hood, you won’t find any inspiration from Aston Martin or Land Rover. Rather, the brute power of a naturally-aspirated, 565-horsepower LS3 V8 Corvette engine. The LS3 was chosen by the client for its known reliability, loads of power, plenty of available upgrades, and a GM powertrain warranty.

The interior features duotone upholstery with premium leathers from Spinneybeck — a classic Light Beige and a darker Botany Bay Beige throughout. The duotone colors were also chosen with inspiration from the Aston Martin DB11. Luxury Corbeau Trailcat seats in the front and rear are heated and ventilated for riding comfort. With plenty of modern features on the interior such as wireless charging pads for mobile devices, you quickly forget that you’re riding in a classic British off-road icon.

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E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed an aggressive LS3-powered custom Defender 110 in a stunning Crystal Covelline Blue finish.

Project Azure was designed to embody the iconic, yet subtle look of the British classic, but with something unique to the client. Pictures do no justice for the stunning Crystal Covelline Blue paint. Underneath the hood is an aggressive 6.2L LS3 V8 engine paired with upgraded headers and a full Borla Performance exhaust system for more power and an ultra-fierce growl. A set of 18” black Kahn Defend 1983 wheels pull together the clean exterior of this custom Defender 110.

The interior of Project Azure looks quite posh with Cadence Buckwheat and Black leather throughout. Occupants ride comfortably in the hand-trimmed custom seats. There are plenty of modern luxuries as well, such as a Sony infotainment system, a full JL Audio sound system, in-vehicle WiFi, wireless charging, and rear air-conditioning controls for all passengers.

If Project Azure is a preview of what’s to come from E.C.D. Automotive Design in 2019, then it’s a safe bet that they will continue to dominate the custom vehicle industry.