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Rolls-Royce has redesigned its legendary Spirit of Ecstasy mascot for its brand-new all-electric motor car Spectre. The move signals the brand’s dedication to the future, and its goal to go completely electric by 2030.

The graceful, iconic Spirit of Ecstacy officially became Rolls-Royce’s intellectual property 111 years ago, on 6 February 1911. Over the decades, the Spirit of Ecstasy has undergone several design changes but remains one of the most recognisable symbols in the world. 

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In 2020, Rolls-Royce unveiled a rebrand by Pentagram where the Spirit of Ecstasy was modernised into a silky form that evokes movement. Today, the figurine is more streamlined and elegant than ever before. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive officer at Rolls-Royce, expressed that the Spirit of Ecstasy is “a constant source of inspiration and pride for the marque and its clients” and along with Rolls-Royce, “has always moved with the times while staying true to her nature and character”.

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In designing the figurine’s new form, Rolls-Royce’s designers consulted stylists at Goodwood for their perspective on every thinkable element, from “hair” and “clothes” to “expression”.

In the new design, according to the director of design Anders Warming, the Spirit of Ecstasy is “lower and more focussed; braced for unprecedented speed and the exciting future”. Originally, the figurine stood with her feet together, with straight legs and tilted at the waist.

Now, the refined mascot leans forward with one foot forward, which expresses the brand’s perpetual pursuit of progress. Her dress flows in the wind around her — the image likened to Rolls-Royce’s products in motion — and her body is tucked low with eager eyes looking ahead.

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Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy figurine
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The current design goes back to its roots and resembles the first sketches by its creator, Charles Sykes. Sykes was the chief illustrator in Britain’s first motoring magazine, The Car Illustrated, established by journalist and motoring enthusiast John Montagu. The beautifully crafted mascot was confirmed to have been modelled on Eleanor Thornton, the Ofice Manager at the magazine, and also the character of a love affair with Montagu.

In 1910, British motor vehicle manufacturer Claude Johnson, then managing director of Rolls-Royce, tasked Sykes with creating a mascot that could enhance their cars. Johnson, who was instrumental in the creation of Rolls-Royce and described himself as the hyphen in the brand name, told Sykes to produce an adornment similar to the Louvre Palace’s ‘Nike of Samothrace’ marble sculpture.

During the conceptualisation, Sykes thought the Goddess of Victory Nike was too domineering and believed a more delicate figure could better represent “the marque’s grace, silence, and subtle power”. Sykes drew inspiration from Eleanor Thornton, who was highly intelligent, famed for her beauty, and frequently posed for the illustrator. It was also said that Sykes created the Spirit of Ecstasy with his mother in mind, which resulted in his artistic vision of “the ideal of womanhood”.

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Back then, every figurine was personally cast, inscribed, and hand-finished by Sykes himself. Sykes’ daughter took over in 1928 before the war outbreak in 1939. Therefore, each figurine during that period is slightly different from the other. Now, the figurines are made by specialists in Southampton with a wax casting process — fusing methods and materials from over 5,000 years ago with 21st Century technology. In continuing the marque’s tradition of the human element, each figurine will still differ minimally from every other

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By: Cleo Yong
Title: Rolls-Royce Redesigns Spirit of Ecstasy For Its Electric Future
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/rolls-royce-redesigned-mascot-for-electric-future.html
Published Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2022 06:51:50 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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