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Rolls-Royce takes inspiration from world's fastest bird for new bespoke design

The Rolls-Royce embroidery team embroidered a photo-realistic falcon in a new Wraith.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

A new bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith is inspired by the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine Falcon. The creation of Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, the vehicle features a number of design nods to the bird and unique detailing that cannot be found on any other vehicle in the world.

The Wraith is a two-door hardtop coupe that was first introduced in 2013. This model features a Bala Blue and Andalusian White exterior with an Arctic White coachline that was painted by hand using a fine squirrel hair paintbrush. A wing motif features on the coachline.

Rolls-Royce design embroidery roof The falcon was made to look realistic rather than like a cartoon or imagined drawing.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Nearly 250,000 stitches make up the photo-realistic embroidered bird on the Wraith's headliner. It took the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team, craftspeople, and engineers over one month to develop.

Josh Liles Rolls-Royce design embroidery Josh Liles, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke Embroidery Specialist is highly skilled at interpreting clients' wishes and translating them into embroidery.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

"The design required hours of observation of a Peregrine Falcon – we needed to understand the musculature, the movement, the shading of the feathers," said Josh Liles, Bespoke Engineering Specialist, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "We wanted the bird to adopt an alert and predatory stance. We created multiple iterations of the embroidery – the direction, length and spacing of the stitch can have a great impact on the final image. We purposefully shaped the beak and angled the eye to create a sense of aggression."

Rolls-Royce bespoke Wraith Peregrine Falcon The car features a two-tone paint job and a custom coachline.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

He continued, "The Falcon embroidery became a labour of love. Technically, it is exceptionally difficult to embroider this density of stitches onto leather. Embroidery puts stress and tension on leather causing a physical wave in the material, which naturally, is unacceptable in a Rolls-Royce."

Rolls-Royce bespoke Wraith Peregrine Falcon embroidery The falcon theme carries over to the interior.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Specialized embroidery can also be found between the rear seats. A Bespoke Rolls-Royce clock in Baby Blue, with guilloché inspired detailing features on the inside.

Rolls-Royce bespoke Wraith Peregrine Falcon Blue accents dominate the interior alongside traditional leathers and wood appointments.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The car's connection to sky and flight continues throughout the vehicle with blue and wing accents alongside the typical Rolls-Royce finery. The Charles Blue leather on the interior accents the exterior paint job.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith starts at $320,500 but bespoke models sell for tens of thousands of dollars more.

Lexus designers submitted their ideas for lunar mobility to Document Journal magazine.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

To infinity and beyond! Okay, maybe not all the way to infinity. Lexus has contributed a sketch of a concept vehicle for the journey to the moon. The sketch has been selected to appear in Document Journal's issue No. 15.

The issue of the art and fashion magazine centers around The Lunar Design Portfolio. It seeks to answer the questions, "How shall we live? What will we wear? What will we drive?"

The European Advanced Design Studio for Toyota and Lexus, ED2, is dedicated to developing advanced concept proposals and was selected to take on the task of conceptualizing lunar mobility.

Design characteristics were harvested from the recent LF-30 Future Concept vehicle. To get to the finish line, ED2 created seven concepts from five different designers, together depicting a full lineup of space vehicles.

"When Document Journal approached us about the Lunar Design Portfolio, our team was working on the LF-30 Concept, which represents the "Lexus Electrified" futuristic vision for Lexus. The design team was already looking beyond near-term production and ahead to how advanced technology will change the way we interact with vehicles," said Ian Cartabiano, President of ED2. "The lunar project came at the right time, half way through the LF-30 development. It gave the team a chance to dream further out, and then apply some of the design language from the LF-30 interior to their lunar proposals."

One of the concepts presented to Document Journal made it to print. Zero Gravity is a single rider vehicle that evolves the LF-30's "Lexus Electrified" vision to incorporate Magnetic Levitation technology.

According to a release, "The design reinterprets the signature Lexus spindle grille and uses the motorcycle-style of driving to employ the new concept of Tazuna (which mean "reins" in Japanese): the fundamental human-centered philosophy. Inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between horse and rider, the steering control provides active driving enjoyment created by the direct communication between human and machine."

See all the concepts below with descriptions by Lexus.

Lexus Cosmos, by Jean-Baptiste Henry

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

A transportation concept designed for both space and the lunar surface, the Lexus Cosmos features a fully sculpted glass shape that functions as a massive observatory to not only enjoy the view, but also explore the low gravity phenomenon. With a rear cockpit that emphasizes the driving feel and a front portion dedicated to contemplation, the idea was to create a new luxury and exclusive experience for the future.