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Land Rover x Elliot Brown collaboration creates one of the world's toughest watches

The watch is an ultra-rugged yet elegant timepiece.

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The Row GB Challenge is one of the world's toughest rowing tests and the team needed a timepiece to match. The four rowers - Oliver Dawe-Lane, Arthur Chatto, Harry Lidgely, and Charles Bromhead - are taking to the seas to raise money for the British Red Cross and JustOneOcean, an environmental charity. The course will take them around 2,000 miles of U.K. coastline.

Team Exe Endurow set off on the journey by launching their quad boat into the water near Tower Bridge in London using a 2020 Land Rover Defender, while wearing the timepieces. They will row, unassisted around Great Britain, in waters known for being choppy and chilly.

Land Rover x Elliot Brown Members of team Exe Endurow pose in front of a Land Rover Defender ahead of setting off.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"We are very grateful to team Exe Endurow for choosing to raise money for the British Red Cross as they take on this incredible challenge," said Paul Amadi, Chief Supporter Officer, British Red Cross.

Amadi added, "The British Red Cross has supported people in crisis for over 150 years and the money raised will help us continue to support the most vulnerable people. The British Red Cross has helped the nation through its darkest days and coronavirus is no exception. We are focused on supporting people through this crisis by delivering food and medicine, making sure refugees and people seeking asylum are safe, and supporting the NHS to get patients home from hospital. We wish Arthur, Harry, Charles and Oliver the best of luck."

The Land Rover x Elliot Brown Holton Professional watch is based on the Elliot Brown Holton Professional watch, which was developed with a specialist branch of the U.K. special forces. It's built to withstand extreme military field tests and harsh environments.

Land Rover x Elliot Brown The timepiece features an antibacterial coating designed to last a lifetime.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Before customers take delivery, each watch must pass three separate pressure tests using air and water. In addition Elliot Brown watches have been put through real-world testing, surviving being strapped to the bows of round-the-world yachts and submerged to depths of 1,921 meters.

Its bolted-down compressor caseback system and triple-sealed crowns provide impressive water protection up to 200 meters. The case and strap bars are made from marine-grade 316L stainless steel. It also features scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass.

According to its spec list, "the precision Swiss quartz movement is housed inside a proprietary shock protection system. The watch can survive the impact of a three kilogram stainless mallet which imparts a force of about 5000G." Additionally, the EPDM rubber strap is hypoallergenic and resistant to seawater, UV rays, and extreme cold temperatures. Buyers get a second strap option. The watch comes with an easy-to-change lightweight webbing strap with double selvedges and coated in an antibacterial treatment that is designed to last a lifetime.

It was the first watch supplied to the specialists after more than a decade without a suitable watch for their tough on-the-job conditions. The watch is also worn by Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

It comes with a five-year warranty and three-year battery life.

The Land Rover x Elliot Brown watch will be available in the U.S. later this year as part of the Land Rover brand's Above and Beyond collection of technical clothing and equipment.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender110, on sale now in the U.S. and starts at $49,000.

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The SCC Tautara is now the world's fastest car.

Photo courtesy of SCC North America

He's an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and car enthusiast. He's also the new King of Speed. Dr. Larry Caplin's SSC Tuatara recently became the fastest production car ever with a set of of records during an October 10 event in Pahrump, Nevada along a seven-mile stretch of State Route 160.

With professional racing driver Oliver Webb at the wheel, the Tuatara hit an average of 316.11 mph following two consecutive high-speed test runs. To comply with test regulations, the car traveled first in one direction down the road clocking 301.07 mph then turned around and went the other direction on the same road getting to 331.15 mph, consecutively, within one hour.

SCC Tautara Shelby Webb sign Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC (left) and driver Oliver Webb (right) celebrate the car's record.Photo courtesy of SCC North America

The times were then averaged. Officials were on site to verify all world record criteria was met and even reviewed Dewetron GPS measurements, which tracked the speed runs using 15 satellites. The Tuatara earned the title of the "Fastest Production Vehicle".

The car also earned three other titles: "Fastest Flying Mile on a Public Road" at 313.12 mph, "Fastest Flying Kilometer on a Public Road" at 321.35 mph (517.16 km/h), and "Highest Speed Achieved on a Public Road" at 331.15 mph.

Caplin is celebrating the milestone by donating community programs that support children, youth, and military families worldwide. His $316,000 donations will support health and wellness programs in underserved schools, provide college scholarships to first-generation students, and help military communities and families nationwide.

Larry Caplin SCC Tautara record car Dr. Larry Caplin celebrates the record set by his car.Photo courtesy of Dr. Larry Caplin

"I am beyond thrilled to own the World's fastest car because it's another opportunity to shine a light on important issues that support local communities and serve military families," said Caplin. "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be the owner of a historic vehicle, but I recognize that I have a responsibility to use this opportunity to help those who need support in a tangible way."

SSC North America is producing 100 SSC Tuatara hypercars. High-speed,high-downforce, and track versions are now available to customers.

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Ford has launched its new Bronco configuration tool.

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How would you build it? Now you can find out. The new 2021 Ford Bronco build-and-price configurator is live on the Ford website giving buyers the opportunity to customize their pick without having to commit to a deposit or trip to the dealership. Ford has received over 190,000 reservations for the Bronco to date.
It's also a great way to kill some time between Zooms.

"The color and material offerings of the all-new Bronco and Bronco Sport are genuine and trusted, and establish a visceral connection between nature and the authenticity of this new family of rugged SUVs," said Missy Coolsaet, Bronco color and materials designer. "They motivate our customers to return to the wilderness and challenge themselves – and Bronco takes them there in a carefree, spontaneous way."

2021 Ford Bronco configurator options

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The configurator works in a traditional sense, asking users to first enter their ZIP code then taking them to a menu where they choose a trim level. Ford offers the Bronco in seven trim levels: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak, and First Edition.

Buyers are then asked to choose a two- or four-door model. The 2021 Bronco is available in a wide variety of colors, including some with deep Ford heritage, and wheel varieties.

Powertrains components are trim level-dependent and some paint and wheel color combinations are not compatible with the seven-speed manual transmission or the Sasquatch Package.

All-terrain, mud, or all-season tires are either standard or available depending on trim level and wheel choice.

Buyers can check options boxes for a hard top, sound-deadening headliner, roof rails with crossbar, splash guards, an upgraded bash plate, paint protection film, brush guard, keyless entry keypad, wireless charging pad, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, a 12.0-inch infotainment touch screen, 10-speaker B&O sound system, and LED headlights, depending on trim level. Higher Bronco grades get much of these features as standard.

Cloth, vinyl, or leather-trimmed seats are available. An Ebony black or Medium Sandstone interior are the only options, but Medium Sandstone is not available in all trim levels.

A variety of equipment groups and packages are available as well, including a graphics package that will put the profile of rolling hills on the lower quarter of your Bronco's door panels.

Check out the configurator now at Ford.com/Bronco.

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