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Porsche Design adding custom chronographs to their lineup

Porsche's new custom chronograph takes its design cues from the 911.

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Personalization continues to grow in popularity, not just as an offering by automakers for the vehicles, but for the lifestyle arms of their business. Porsche is no exception. Beginning July 1, Porsche Design will offer customers in Germany the opportunity to design a custom chronograph. In September, the offering will begin expanding to Great Britain and the U.S.

"There is great global demand for custom personalisation from the factory. Around 90 percent of all 911 models are personalised for customers using equipment from Exclusive Manufaktur. Twenty-five percent of all vehicles delivered around the world from this product line pass through the Exclusive Manufaktur workshop, in which special customer wishes are also brought to life," says Alexander Fabig, Head of Personalization and Classic.

Porsche Design custom chronograph

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"The cooperation with Porsche Design has been successful over the course of many years. From the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series through to the current 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, seven limited-edition Porsche Design timepieces matching the individual vehicles have already been offered."

"With the innovative 'Porsche Design custom-built timepieces' concept, we are now offering customers the possibility of designing a timepiece to match their individual Porsche," adds Jan Becker, CEO Porsche Design Group. "No other timepiece brand or automotive manufacturer currently offers such a personalized and exclusive timepiece concept."

Each custom timepiece is manufacturer in the company's own workshop in Switzerland. Numerous visual and technical personalization elements are offered including the opportunity to choose the color of the case and dial; material of the wrist strap; and the design and color of the automatic movement rotor.

Porsche Design custom chronograph There are 1.5 million customization options available.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The case of each chronograph is titanium. Customers can choose between a glass bead-blasted or PVD titanium carbide-coated black case. The dial falls into line with the design of the 911, and is reminiscent of the cars' instrument cluster and rev counter. The wrist strap options include the choice of a titanium strap with black or titanium-coloured surface and a leather strap, whose material and color options are based on the interior and exterior of the 911. The leather strap can be finished with contrast stitching using genuine Porsche vehicle thread.

There are 1.5 million possible combinations.

The timepiece features the Porsche Design WERK 01.100, a chronograph movement with chronometer certification that was developed in-house. The timepiece winds itself automatically while worn.

A message, name, or the chassis number of the owner's vehicle can be engraved on the bottom of the timepiece

Porsche Design custom chronograph The leather is stitched using the same Porsche thread that is inside the 911.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Customers can build their model using the web-based Porsche Design Timepieces Configurator or design and order their chronograph as part of the vehicle consulting process in participating Porsche Centres (or with the experts at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Zuffenhausen).

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

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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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The 2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition is a throwback to a 1969 MINI.

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The MINI 1499 GT Special Edition pays tribute to the iconic 1275 GT from 1969 while the MINI Countryman Oxford edition offers unique value proposition. The two models are new for the 2021 model year.

2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition

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MINI has given the 1499 GT a Midnight Black Metallic exterior complete with gold 1499 GT side stripes. There's a Piano Black grille frame, door handles, and headlight rings, which surround LED headlights. There are Piano Black taillight rinks and Union Jack taillights.

The addition of the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) styling package adds JCW front and rear bumpers, side skirts, split level spoiler, and door entry plates. The MINI 1499 GT rids on 17-innch Track Spoke Black wheels wrapped in all-season tires.

Under the hood, the model has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The car can get from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

MINI refines the interior with more JCW accents including Sports seats in Carbon Black Dinamica/Cloth, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chili Red stitching and multi-function controls, along with Piano Black finishing throughout the interior with an Anthracite Headliner. The list of standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation, MINI Assist eCall, remote services, Apple CarPlay, and a digital instrument cluster.

The MINI 1499 GT will be offered with a starting MSRP of $27,040 plus an additional $850 destination and handling fee.

MINI Countryman Oxford Edition

MINI's small SUV, the Countryman, is getting a budget-friendly version that available with front- and all-wheel drive. It comes with the standard equipment list of the Classic Trim, which includes leatherette upholstery, an 8.8-inch display with Bluetooth, rear camera, rear park distance control, seven-speed dual clutch transmission, and a panoramic sunroof. The Countryman Oxford Edition also has LED headlights and fog lights and Union Jack LED taillights.

MINI has given the model standard 18-inch wheels (Silver of Black) that are wrapped with run-flat tires, an anthracite headliner, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a choice of six exterior colors, including metallic paint options. Those options include British Racing Green IV metallic, Midnight Black metallic, White Silver metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Chili Red, or Island Blue metallic. Exterior options also include body color roof and mirrors, or choice of a contrast white or black roof and mirror combination.

The staring MSRP for the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman Oxford Edition is $26,500 and the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 Oxford Edition is $28,500, plus an additional $850 destination and handling charge. This means the MINI Countryman Oxford Edition is specially configured with $5,600 worth of optional equipment as standard at no additional cost.

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