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Ringbrothers builds custom 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer for Future

This 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer was custom built for hip hop star Future.

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Future has gotten a new vintage car. The hip-hop star from Atlanta, Georgia has received delivery of a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that was fully customized by Ringbrothers.

Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that is paired with a 4L80-E transmission. The crate engine was standard in the fifth-generation Camaro SS and C6 Corvette and is now sold as an aftermarket part by Chevy. It delivers 430 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a heavy-duty offering from General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, that has been used in everything from the Suburban to a Bentley Continental.

1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 

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Ringbrothers, a shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin, gave the Blazer a custom BASF British Racing Green paint scheme after restoring the body of the Blazer with 3M products. It rides on gold 18-inch HRE wheels.

"We first started building Blazers a few years back, and they've really taken off in popularity since then," said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. "There is no assembly line at our shop, as each build is completed by hand, bespoke to the owner's request. There is no other Blazer in the world like this one."

Future's K5 Blazer also has a custom tan interior designed by Upholstery Unlimited and an exhaust provided by Flowmaster.

"We're humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this," said Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring. "We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It's an honor we don't take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We're glad Future appreciates that."

In addition to K5 builds, Ringbrothers has released several K5-specific products, including a glove box door, hood hinges, and a dash gauge bezel. Future's Blazer features those parts, along with a custom carbon fiber hood and custom tailgate with integrated seating. The musician's Blazer also has a JL Audio sound system.

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And all-electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado is on the way.

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Earlier this year, General Motors very quietly teased its forthcoming electric full-size pickup truck. Today, the automaker is giving us a closer look with a new teaser video.

The video accompanies an announcement that says that the Silverado electric pickup will be built at the company's Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. The Silverado electric vehicle (EV) will be built alongside the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV, which debuted this weekend.

GM has designed the Silverado EV to be an electric vehicle from the ground up, riding on the company's Ultium Platform and keeping Silverado's capability in focus. The automaker says that the truck will offer more than 400 miles of all-electric range on a full charge.

The company confirms that retail and fleet versions will be offered.

"The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles," said General Motors President Mark Reuss. "The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and Chevrolet will take everything Chevy's loyal truck buyers love about Silverado — and more — and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike."

What will it be called? The teaser photo GM released was labeled "Silverado E". Stay tuned for confirmation on the name.

GM plans to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025 and earn EV market leadership in North America. With the company's Ultium Platform, virtual development tools and technology, GM has reduced vehicle development times by nearly 50 percent to just 26 months.

The GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and Cruise Origin will also be built at Factory Zero. Reports indicate that a forthcoming Cadillac Escalade BEV could also be built there and be ready for dealerships around the same time as the Hummer EV SUV.

To ready for its new products, GM has invested $2.2 billion in a complete renovation and retooling at the historic GM manufacturing facility. The project is the largest ever for a GM manufacturing site. The plant's paint and body shops and general assembly area are receiving comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. The plant has expanded to over 4.5 million square feet.

Late last year General Motors revealed details about many of the new electric vehicles it has in the pipeline.

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Bentley Mullinder, the bespoke arm of the company, has customized a Bentayga Hybrid for a customer from China.

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It may not be easy being green, but it sure looks good. Bentley's bespoke division, Bentley Mulliner, has created a one-off Bentayga Hybrid for a well-off customer from China. The entire vehicle's color scheme was inspired by the color green, the Chinese color of purity, regeneration, harmony, and growth. The shades of green chosen by the customer were inspired by the British countryside in the Lake District.

The exterior of the Bentayga Hybrid is finished in Viridian, a dark emerald hue from the Mulliner Extended paint range that has flecks of amber and gold in its formula. There are light green and blue undertones that are designed to give the paint a sense of depth.

It wears bright-machined 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification Wheels, each of which has the centre pockets of every spoke painted in matching Viridian.

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The bespoke interior includes Cumbrian Green hide, matching piano veneer, and contrasting stitching highlighting the hand craftsmanship throughout the cabin. The shade Cumbrian Green is a modernization and refreshment of the Spruce Green interior fo the past.

A bespoke passenger fascia includes a silver metal overlay with a geometric diamond design that is reminiscent of the EXP 100 GT concept car.

White accents abound in the model. There is contrast carpet binding and contrasting hand stitching on the seats. Over 100 meters of bright white cross-stitched thread features on the interior of the doors, seat backs, and in the piano Cumbrian Green veneer via a unique overlay. The process of hand cross-stitching a Bentayga cabin takes one craftsperson 44 hours to complete.

Luxury features include an illuminated Mulliner treadplate, fully-integrated drinks cooler with frosted glass and soft close door, and bespoke Cumbria Crystal flutes.

Bentley just launched the Bentayga Hybrid, part of the company's longer term Beyond100 strategy that focused on zero emissions and hybrid powertrains.

Bentley is shipping the car off to be displayed at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.

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