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New, custom Rolls-Royce Wraith has out-of-this-world design

The new, bespoke Wraith features design elements inspired by Mother Earth.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Ground control to Major Rolls. A new, customized Rolls-Royce Wraith has taken inspiration from the Solar System. The design was commissioned by a client through Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi at a cost far exceeding the Wraith's $330,000 base price.

"We're used to clients bringing us grand visions for their Bespoke Commissions, but this provided a new perspective altogether." said Michael Bryden, Lead Bespoke Designer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "In our response to the brief, we've worked at both the 'macro' level, referencing the Sun and planets of the whole Solar System, and the much more personal 'micro' level, centring our view of the world on the place the customer calls home."

Rolls Royce Wraith - Inspired by Earth

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Given the name "Wraith – Inspired By Earth", the model's design features classic Wraith elements alongside unique accents that are only found on this particular vehicle. The exterior wears a Royal Blue paint job representing the 75 percent of the Earth's surface that is covered by water.

On its hood is artwork that depicts a satellite's-eye view of the Middle East, centered on the United Arab Emerites and encompassing the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman. The art was airbrushed on in a process that took 100 hours to complete.

An Emerald Green coastline extends the length of the car and incorporates the eight planets of the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

The interior of the Wraith's aesthetic focus is on the Earth's surface including the humans and natural life that inhabit it. The seats are made from Moccasin leather to mimic the sands of the Emirates' deserts; Navy and Cobalto Blue accents are reminiscent of rivers and lakes and Emerald Green piping symbolizes nature. Arctic White "RR" monograms and stitching hint at clouds and translucent running water.

The rear waterfall features a scene of atmospheric clouds rendered in detailed embroidery using Photoflash technology. On the fascia, the Piano Milori veneer is embellished with a satellite image of the Middle East. It's not a photograph but instead another airbrushed design.

The Bespoke Starlight Headliner is embroidered to illustrate all the planets of Solar System, centred on the Sun. Other Bespoke details include treadplates, a clock with metal radial background, and inlays showing the planets in silver, with planet Earth accentuated in gold.

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The all-electric ID.4 will help its pilot and navigator tackle the grueling race route.

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Off-road racing and endurance races are nothing new, but the Rebelle Rally's approach is unique. The event is the first all-women event of its kind in the U.S. and takes participants through severely challenging terrain with no electronic aids allowed for navigation. This year, Volkswagen is bringing its new ID.4 EV to the event to be piloted by driver Mercedes Lilienthal and navigator Emily Winslow.

Volkswagen ID.4 Mercedes Lilienthal and Emily Winslow will pilot the ID.4.Volkswagen

Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing modified the VW with new suspension system, tubular control arms, fabricated skid plates, battery protection, and other off-road-ready kit. The crossover has also been fited with a Thule roof rack and Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires.

The ID.4's battery and electric motor will remain untouched. That means a combined output of 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The 82 kWh battery can deliver an EPA-estimated range of 249 miles on a charge, but keep in mind that the terrain the team will be tackling will have an impact on that number.

The 2021 event marks the sixth year for the all-women rally raid. Teams are faced with 1,400 miles of desert in Nevada and California, and must navigate the racecourse without the use of electronic guides, such as GPS or cell phones. From the start in Las Vegas to the finish in Glamis, CA, participants must use maps, compasses, and their own skill to navigate.

Volkswagen ID.4 Several modifications were made to the suspension and other components.Volkswagen

Even though it's the ID.4's maiden year on the market, the electric crossover has already had a successful run in motorsport. Earlier this year, another modified version of the vehicle competed in the NORRA Mexican 1000. It was also massaged by Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing, and VW notes that the ID.4 that we'll see in Rebelle Rally vehicle was improved using data from its first races.

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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