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Aston Martin Pastel Collection is the result of over a year of collaboration with Q

Aston Martin's Q bespoke division has created give unique models.

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Five special edition super luxury cars make up the new Aston Martin Pastel Collection. Each model is a result of over a year of collaboration between Aston Martin Newport Beach and Q, the bespoke division of the parent company.

The Pastel Collection is made up of a Vantage Coupe wearing an Ultra Violet paint job, a Cardamom Violet Vantage Roadster, and Aston's DB11 Coupe and Roadster swathed in Butterfly Teal and Clear Water, respectively. Aston Martin Q also designed a Vibrant Coral DBX.

The Vantage Roadster is a relatively new addition to the Aston Martin lineup. It debuted last year bringing top down driving enjoyment to one of Aston's most beloved vehicles.

Last July, the first DBX rolled off the company's production line in Wales. The model is Aston's first SUV and was developed to not be a performance or elegance compromise.

Late last year, Aston Martin announced a partnership with renowned architect David Adjaye to create five homes within the 130 William condo complex in New York City. Additionally, Adjaye worked with the automaker to create a 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX, which is included with each residence purchase.

The 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX marks the first time that Aston Martin has collaborated with an architect on the custom fit out of one of their signature vehicles. The DBX features a number of 130 William-related features including an Aston Martin-first, real stone accents, with Grey "Pietra D'Avola" marble inlays matched with Satin Walnut wood.

Aston Martin's hand-stitched leather has Parliament Green trim and the steering wheel matches the walls of the simulator room option. There's also carved solid walnut trim, with Q by Aston Martin Parliament Green leatherwork and details in bronze, black anodized aluminium and real stone.

In addition to the Pastel Collection and the 130 William Adjaye Special Edition, Q has also recently created two James Bond-themed Vantage and DBS Superleggera models and customized a DBX to reveal its dark side.

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An Infiniti Q60 drifts at Yokohama Harbor.

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A new film showcases the drifting capabilities of a heavily modified Infiniti Q60. The coupe currently competes in the domestic top-tier drift championship in Japan even though the sports coupe is not sold there.

Before reaching the docks in Japan, the car was heavily modified having started its journey in America. The car was built to show off renowned restoration specialist Tatsuhiro Shibata's passion for the Infiniti brand.

The video features Shibata and his driver, Koudai Sobagiri putting the The hand-built model to the test and showing off near Infiniti's world headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The closed course near Yokohama Harbor served as the set.

"In my eyes, the Q60 was the best looking of (the Infiniti lineup), but they didn't sell any in Japan. So we had to go to the U.S. to find one," Shibata says. "It's simple; I just wanted a good-looking racing car."

Tatsuhiro Shibata's Infiniti Q60

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This isn't the first time that Shibata has imported an Infiniti to Japan. His passion has led him to do so for the last decade. Shibata is not directly affiliated with Infiniti.

Following the film, Infiniti plans to release an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film and the Shibata Infiniti Q60. An exclusive story about Shibata's workshop, Sobagiri's path to drifting, and more will be released along with the behind-the-scenes film.

1,000HP INFINITI Q60: Drifting at the Docks www.youtube.com

The release of the film comes as Infiniti is playing catch up with much of their business plans. Amid falling sales and the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for two new models to be introduced had to be push to 2021 including the 2022 Infiniti QX55 and the forthcoming redesigned QX60.

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This one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership with Hermès.

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A new, bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom is the result of a partnership between the super luxury automaker and Hermès, a French luxury goods company. The Phantom Oribe was designed and handcrafted by bespoke specialists at both houses after being commissioned by Japanese entrepreneur, art collector and supercar enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa.

The exterior of the car was designed to match the green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, something Maezawa is a prominent collector of. The upper part of the saloon is finished in Oribe Green, a bespoke color created exclusively for this client over the course of many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Center at Goodwood, the home of Rolls-Royce. In an uncharcacteristic twist, the paint formulation will be made available for use on the client's private jet.

The lower section of the car is cream colored.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe design process

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The interior of the Phantom is designed to seamlessly meet the exterior as colorways and textures blend to create a unique and intimate riding experience.​ The cabin of the vehicle is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending from the steering wheel to the duchess handles, gear selector, and rotary controls. Further, it covers the upper instrument panel, interior pillars, and parcel shelf.

The car's glove compartment, luggage compartment lining, center console, and decanter stowage compartment have also been constructed using the material. The glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris.

Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats complete the look.

Hermès created all the leather upholstery using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe

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The interior also features wooden speaker frets that have been created by perforating open pore Royal Walnut, which also features on the center and rear console and picnic table backs. The Hermès 'Toile H' finds a home on canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and headliner.

The Phantom's Gallery wears unique artwork that Hermès commissioned that is based on the work of celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron. The work has been handprinted on the wood and is presented behind a wall of glass.

"This unique Phantom is a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration. It was a great creative and cultural exchange working with Hermès; we learned a great deal from each other. It is always a pleasure when a client brings us a bold, clear and imaginative vision, and a great thrill to see it realized so perfectly," said Michael Bryden, Lead Designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective.

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