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New Rolls-Royce Black Badge photo series celebrates darkened Cullinan, LA car culture

Cullinan, Rolls-Royce's first SUV features in the new photo series.

Photo by Mark Riccioni

Rolls-Royce Black Badge cars drive the streets under the guise of darkness. Their usual exterior bright chrome, steel, and aluminum parts replaced by darkened versions. To celebrate the arrival of Cullinan Black Badge, Rolls-Royce enlisted automotive culture photographer Mark Riccioni to create a pictorial series of Black Badge Cullinan greeting fellow automotive subcultures in Greater Los Angeles, California.

Cullian is the bespoke automaker's first SUV and completes their current model lineup.

"The things that connect us are always more powerful than the things that separate us, and this series is a wonderful demonstration of that," said Riccioni. "I selected each subculture because it shares the philosophies that inform the creation of a Black Badge Rolls-Royce. From the obsessive attention to detail lavished on a lowrider and visceral power of a hot rod to the bold execution of tuned imports and deeply personal customisations applied to 'brat'-style motorcycles."

"King of the Night" by Mark Riccioni

Photo by Mark Riccioni


The designers, engineers, and craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, created a unique Recreation Module for Riccioni's shoot. The unit, codenamed "Urban Photography", was conceived to incorporate equipment specific to his photography requirements. These include a DJI Mavic Mini drone, 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro and 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro for image capture and editing on location.

Riccioni also requested additional items in the vehicle to aid in the shoot including Sennheiser PXC550 MkII noise cancelling headphones, Persol PO3225-S sunglasses, outerwear from streetwear brand Supreme and a water bottle. The automated Recreation Module was trimmed in Forge Yellow leather to match the Black Badge Cullinan's interior colourway.

This isn't the first intricate vehicle that Rolls-Royce has created. The automaker specializes in bespoke customization.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullian LA Photo Kit Rolls-Royce developed this unique model just for the shoot.Photo by Mark Riccioni

The photos also aren't the first artistic celebration of Black Badge. Last year, a biopic performance artist starred in a short film featuring Rolls-Royce Black Badge.

A gallery of these images, titled 'King of the Night', will be on display at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Beverly Hills, 8833 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 from March 2020 prior to an exclusive Rolls-Royce Black Badge private event.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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The new version of the Toyota Tundra will be revealed soon

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

A new Toyota Tundra is finally one the way. With its current version more than long in the tooth, the forthcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra is poised to be a breath of fresh air into the Japanese automaker’s stable. Toyota has released a short video of the front end of the model to aid in building excitement for its launch.

The redesigned 2022 Tundra has long been rumored and heavily speculated about. The new full-size pickup truck is expected to take design cues from the recently-revealed Toyota Hilux. Expect the new Tundra to be bigger than the last, flowing in the footsteps of the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ford F-150 redesigns over the last few years.

Whether or not the truck has a bigger bed, additional cabin configurations, and more towing capacity than the currrent model has yet to be revealed. Those things would be beneficial to help the truck compete against its biggest competition.

The biggest variable that has yet to be revealed is the truck’s powertrain and drivetrain. Toyota is big on hybrid technology so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the truck be offered with at least one hybrid engine for buyers to choose from. Expect it to be available in two-wheel drive and possibly come with four- or all-wheel drive as an option. A variety of drive modes are likely.

The current Toyota trucks lineup features totally different interiors than what you’ll find in their smaller cars and SUVs. Expect the interior of the Toyota Tundra to set a precedent for what we might see in a future Sequoia cabin.

The to-be-revealed technology on the Tundra will also give us an idea of what to expect from future Toyota vehicles. With Ford adding BlueCruise and GMC getting GM’s Super Cruise tech in the coming months, Toyota could easily and quickly find themselves behind the eight ball.

It is likely that Toyota will load up the new Tundra with a suite of safety technology just like it does every other model in its lineup. This could include blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, lane-centering assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Toyota plans to reveal the 2022 Tundra soon. Stay tuned for more information.

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