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Rolls-Royce Kryptos Collection features encrypted messages and clandestine design

The new Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection models feature a cipher.

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It's a touch mysterious, but that's the whole point. The newest member of the Rolls-Royce Collection Cars lineup is the Wraith Kryptos Collection, which was born from a designer's passion for cryptography.

The art of writing in codes has prevalence throughout the design of the model, a vehicle Rolls-Royce calls "a willing canvas for an intricate and clandestine design." The collection will be limited to just 50 vehicles.

"The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even," said Rolls-Katrin Lehmann, Royce Bespoke Designer. "Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world's most brilliant minds."

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection

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"As a designer," continued Lehmann, "I've always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art."

The Wraith Kryptos Collection features an encrypted cipher that evolves throughout the car, in a move purely for the clients' pleasure and amusement. Though the ciphers appear to the untrained eye to just be a design, those who are willing to look closer will find themselves involved in a mystery.

"The brilliant and creative minds of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective have excelled once again, creating an extraordinarily contemporary and compelling iteration of Wraith," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "The Wraith Kryptos Collection, on first glance, is a statement of dynamism. On closer examination, a series of messages are hidden behind a unique Rolls-Royce cipher. I look forward to seeing whether any of our clients will crack the code!"

The code really is a secret. Only two people at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood know the full resolution of the sequence -Lehmann and Müller-Ötvös. A sealed envelope in the Chief Executive's safe holds the key to the code. Rolls-Royce clients will be able to submit their efforts at cracking the code via the members-only Rolls-Royce app, Whispers.

To begin your cryptographic journey, once you've received your Wraith, you'll start at the Spirit of Ecstasy where an engraving at the base starts the cipher. Below, there are redrafted bumper inserts, which change the posture of Wraith. The exterior of the car is Delphic Grey, a bespoke hue that is made from a solid Anthracite base color. In sunlight, blue and green mica flakes appear. A hand-painted double coachline in Kryptos Green is painted. Orbit Grey polished wheels feature a color pinstripe.

Step over the illuminated tread-lates and you'll be greeted by Kryptos Green leather that has been developed to incorporate a metallic effect, set against either Selby Grey or Anthracite. Elements of the cipher are embroidered into the Wraith's headrests in place of the customary double-R emblem. A screen print spans the width fo the interior in front of the driver.

Looking up, passengers will see a bi-colored headliner depicting an in-motion data-stream inspired motif. Illuminated door pockets are made woven leather with Kryptos Green threads.

Buyers interested in purchasing a model from the Wraith Kryptos Collection should contact their local Rolls-Royce retailer.

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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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