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Rolls-Royce Black Badge short film features bionic performance artist in starring roll

Rolls-Royce is showing off the spirit of its Black Badge design in a new way - a short film.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Bionic performance artist and art director Viktoria Modesta is celebrated for her futuristic approach to modern art and her performances at the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, Art Basel, and Fashion Weeks worldwide.

Rolls-Royce has teamed up with Modesta to create a short film that combines modernity, cutting edge techniques, and the spirit of Rolls-Royce Black Badge.

Anouk Wipprecht, the "Fashion Tech" pioneer, collaborated with the Rolls-Royce team to build items that could be worn by Modesta including a Black Badge carbon fiber bodice. The bodice was constructed by digitizing Modesta's silhouette using a high-resolution body scan then using an SLS powder-based 3D printing technique to form the extra-lightweight form before it was veneered with carbon fiber. The same type of process was used to produce a limb for Modesta to stand on.

Rolls-Royce Viktoria Modesta Rolls-Royce has teamed up with a number of artists to create a short film that embodies the Black Badge spirit.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Wipprecht says, "Like the Black Badge motor cars we are expressing, Viktoria is badass. She's not scared of anything. Creating my aesthetic overlay in collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective merged technology and fashion in a way that truly captured the spirit of Black Badge."

Director Jora Frantzis, who has worked with Cardi B and IV Jay, was brought on board to help form the performance's narrative.

Take a look at the finished product.

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The Maserati Grecale has been teased ahead of its debut.

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The Maserati Grecale is expected to be revealed later this year. Ahead of that debut, the company has taken a unique approach to showing off the camoflauge-wrapped SUV - they released photos to company employees with instruction to distribute them on social networks rather than sending them to the press.

The employees obliged. One of the first to do so was Bernard Loire, Chief Commercial Officer at Maserati.

Each of the three photos distributed shows the Grecale outside the historic Maserati plant on Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena, Italy. The prototype cars are currently undergoing a period of intensive road, circuit and off-road tests, in various conditions of use, to acquire vital data for the preparation of the new SUV's final setup.

The Maserati plant is the same place where the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is built, in Cassino, Italy. Maserati will invest 800 million Euros to get the plant ready for production.

The 2022 Maserati Grecale will be the little sister of the Maserati Levante. It is expected to compete directly with the Porsche Macan in a hot luxury compact SUV market.

Maserati has said that it will offer a hybrid and battery electric (BEV) version of the Grecale, but expect to see the hybrid before the BEV.

The Maserati Grecale was spied testing outside the company's facility in Italy.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The automaker is also expected to create a high-performance variant of the SUV, giving it the Trofeo name. Maserati currently sells the Levante in Levante, Levante S, Levante GTS, and Levante Trofeo grades. The Grecale could follow suit.

The larger Levante starts at $77,890 and tops out over $152,000. It's likely that the Grecale will be priced lower, possibly starting around $50,000. A range-topping Trofeo could be priced over $100,000.

Not much else is known about the Grecale at this point. It's likely that Maserati will continue to tease the model, revealing it little by little until the full cover comes off, if the reveal of the company's MC20 sportscar is any indication.

2022 The Grecale is smaller than the Levante.Photo courtesy of Maserati

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The Maserati Grecale will debut before the end of 2021.

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INKAS has armored a BMW X7, giving it the ability to withstand two simultaneous grenade attacks.

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It's traditionally a powerful family hauler. But this three-row BMW X7 isn't just for hauling the traditional family. It's made for toting around diplomats, politicians, executives, and VIPs. Meet the INKAS Armored BMW X7, the world's first armored X7.

The armored variant builds on the BMW X7 xDrive40i. That's the base model X7. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and uses its 335-horsepower, turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine to get from zero to 60 seconds in 5.8 seconds, pre-outfitted. That's good, but if you want more, you can opt for a V8 that yields either 523 horsepower or 612 for an upcharge. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The X7 retains its exterior styling and its high-tech interior features. It comes stand with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging pad, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, and navigation.

To the vehicle, INKAS has aded high-quality ballistic armor that offers 360-degree protection. With INKAS proprietary armoring system, the vehicle offers protection from top to bottom, and even ensures that no bullets can penetrate the door seals. Standard armoring features include multi-layer bullet resistant glass, protection for the battery and control module, reinforced door hingers and critical structure points, a reinforced suspension, and runlet devices.

"We are thrilled that despite the challenges during this pandemic, INKAS is able to continue developing and extending our product line with high-quality and innovative products. It's always a challenge being the first one in the industry to convert a specific model into a bulletproof vehicle, but it's a rewarding venture," said David Khazanski, CEO of INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. "This first-ever armored BMW X7 is engineered with attention to detail and provides unparalleled protection and comfort for its passengers".

All armoring meets the CEN 1063 BR6 ballistic standard, which means that the vehicle can withstand attacks from 7.62x51mm or .308 Winchester FMJ ammunition as well as protect from the explosions of two hand grenades detonated simultaneously.

Buyers can upgrade their INKAS armored BMW X7 to include sirens and PA systems, air filtration devices, night-vision systems, smoke screen system, engine bay fire suppression system, and emergency lights packages.

The new SUV is now available for worldwide delivery to all major seaports, or even airfreight upon special request.

INKAS doesn't say how much their X7 costs but since the base model is just about $75,000 pre-upfitting, you can expect the armored version to be in the six figures range.

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