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The most powerful Lamborghini produced, in LEGO® Technic™


Automobili Lamborghini and the LEGO Group have partnered to produce the LEGO® Technic™ Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: a 3,696 piece, 1:8 scale model that embodies the unmistakable power and stunning looks of the hybrid Lamborghini super sports car.




Originally revealed at Frankfurt Auto Show 2019, the Lamborghini Sián’s futuristic features are authentically recreated in the LEGO Technic model, including a replica of the V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge. The model boasts scissor doors, which open to reveal the intricately recreated cockpit, with a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox controlled by a movable paddle gearshift. The vivid lime-green colour and elegant golden rims of the LEGO Technic replica are available as colour and trim on the real Sián, with the model measuring over 5” (13 cm) high, 23” (60 cm) long and 9” (25 cm) wide.




“The LEGO brick is an icon in the same way as a Lamborghini super sports car”, said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “They both embody the pursuit of design perfection through constant research and development, create different emotions with every interaction, and are valued by generations. Each Lamborghini super sports car can be unique thanks to our Ad Personam personalization program and the specific driving style of each owner, just as LEGO bricks provide builders of all ages with endless possibilities for creation. This outstanding replica of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 from the LEGO Group presents a brilliant new building experience for both super sports car fans and LEGO enthusiasts and Lamborghini is privileged to share this opportunity with the LEGO Group.”




Speaking about the visionary design, Niels. B. Christiansen, LEGO Group CEO, said: “This new model truly encapsulates the pursuit of excellence embedded in the DNA of both Automobili Lamborghini and the LEGO Group. Both the 1:8 model and the reveal itself are feats of engineering innovation, pulled off by incredibly talented teams from across our two businesses. The LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a true testament that with LEGO Technic, you can build anything your heart desires. I can’t wait to build this authentic replica of this futuristic super sportscar for real.”





Model owners can open the front hood of their LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián to find a Lamborghini overnight bag, together with a unique serial number that unlocks special content. Proud owners can also scan a QR code in the building instructions to access an exclusive series of videocasts by Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO experts, exploring the inspiration behind the design of the original car and the LEGO Technic model. The LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 comes in a unique box inspired by the iconic lines, signature headlight silhouette and eye-catching colour of the original Sián.




The LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 will be available directly from LEGO stores* and LEGO.com/Technic-Lamborghini-Sian from 1 June, then in many retailers globally from 1 August 2020.





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Aston Martin DB5 production resumes after 55 years as build work begins on DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars at Aston Martin Works


  • More than half a century after the last new DB5 left Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell factory, work is again under way on ‘the most famous car in the world’

  • ‘Job 1’ DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car is under construction – the first in a strictly limited run of 25 customer cars

  • Produced in association with EON Productions, makers of the James Bond films

  • The new cars will feature working ‘Goldfinger’ gadgets developed by Aston Martin and Oscar-winning special effects guru Chris Corbould OBE





Dubbed ‘the most famous car in the world’ and renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built by the brand between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent – James Bond – who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.




Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled elegantly off the production line at Aston Martin’s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is once again under way there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. Created in association with the producers of the James Bond films, EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen on screen in the 1964 film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are history in the making.




The latest in Aston Martin’s phenomenally successful Continuation car programme which began in 2017 with the DB4 GT Continuation the new DB5 models represent among the most valuable new cars yet brought to market by the British luxury brand. Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at £2.75m, plus taxes.





The meticulous DB5 Goldfinger Continuation construction process – which takes around 4,500 hours per car – is being undertaken at Aston Martin’s globally renowned Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Now the largest, best equipped and most knowledgeable Aston Martin restoration centre in the world, the invaluable and highly specialist skills nurtured at Aston Martin Works are perfectly suited to the brand’s celebrated Continuation projects.




Each of the 25 new cars is being built to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge gadgets developed in association with Chris Corbould OBE, the special effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.

The list of Bond-inspired gadgets includes the following features, all familiar to viewers of the classic 1964 big screen hit.





Exterior:

  • Rear smoke screen delivery system

  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system

  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)

  • Simulated twin front machine guns

  • Bullet resistant rear shield

  • Battering rams front and rear

  • Simulated tyre slasher

  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)

Interior:

  • Simulated radar screen tracker map

  • Telephone in driver’s door

  • Gear knob actuator button

  • Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear

  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray

  • Remote control for gadget activation





All the new cars are meticulously detailed authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen, with some sympathetic modifications and enhancements to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability. All the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.





The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels wrapped elegantly around an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure. Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp. This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.




Servo-assisted hydraulic Girling-type steel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering – which does not feature assistance – and a suspension set-up comprising coil over spring and damper units with anti-roll bar at the front, and a live axle rear suspension with radius arms and Watt’s linkage, complete the dynamic package.




Heritage Programme Manager Clive Wilson is one of those most closely involved in the process of bringing the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car into production. He said: “Seeing the first customer car move painstakingly through the intricate production process we have created really is quite a thrill.




“Obviously we have not, as a business, made a new DB5 for more than 50 years, so to be involved in the building of these cars, which will go on to form part of Aston Martin’s history, is something I’m sure all of us will be telling our grandkids about!”




Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: “We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide.





“Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020.






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Msheireb Museums receives international acclaim from the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism


Msheireb Museums, the cultural and tourist destination at Msheireb Downtown Doha, celebrated the 2020 International Museums Day by posting awareness videos with the theme of this year’s celebrations, “Diversity and Inclusivity.”




Through engaging videos, Msheireb Museums shared its cultural and artistic treasures and galleries embodying these global values, including “DNA: A Journey to the Heart of Life” and the Bin Jelmood House’s focus on slavery and racism. Msheireb Museums also promoted inclusivity by focusing on multicultural themes and accessibility to visitors, particularly to people with special needs.

International Museum Day has been celebrated on May 18 since 1977. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness on museums as a symbol of cultural exchange, and as beacons of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples.

In this context and in reaffirming its mission, Msheireb Museums recently received a copy of the report prepared by the Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, UN’s Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance.. The UN Special Rapporteur was tasked with compiling a countrywide report on the state of racial discrimination as part of the “Special Procedures” of the UN Human Rights Council, the largest body of independent experts in the Human Rights system.

The report commends the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for the critical investments it is making in using arts, culture, and sports to shift societal values, beliefs, and perceptions fundamental to equality and non-discrimination.


The report also praised Msheireb Museums, especially Bin Jelmood House, stating, “Bin Jelmood House at the Msheireb Museums is the first museum in the world devoted to the history of Indian Ocean slavery, and includes the history of slavery in Qatar. I commend the museum for the powerful and crucial contribution to Qatar and the world more broadly. As is the case in all nations, Qatar’s past is vital for understanding its present and shaping its future.”




Dr, Hafiz Ali Abdullah, Msheireb Museums Director said: “Msheireb Museums are major contributors to the cultural and artistic landscape in Qatar. Because of COVID-19 and its consequences, we celebrated International Museums Day using our digital platforms to reach our wider audience. On this occasion, we are proud to announce the outcomes of the visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Prof. Achiume, to Bin Jelmood House and her commending the museum’s effort in shedding the light on the history of slavery in the region, raising awareness and promoting new understandings of human relationships, and fighting all forms of racism.”

“This report is a clear indication of the progress achieved by Qatar in supporting human rights and fighting all forms of slavery and racism. On the occasion of International Museums day, we would like to present this report to the people of Qatar and the whole world to demonstrate our effort and values acknowledged by the United Nations. It is also a reward of all efforts that enhance our country’s reputation and show its actions on the global stage.”

Msheireb Museums mark a very significant milestone for Msheireb Properties in realizing the vision of Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar’s first sustainable regeneration project. The Museums celebrate the history of four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. Located within the oldest part of the capital, they form an essential part of Qatar’s national history. These reconstructed buildings and gallery spaces allow the community to engage in the significant aspects of Qatar’s past and memories of life before the country’s rapid economic development.

The overarching ambition of Bin Jelmood House is to raise awareness and play a pivotal role in the global abolition of human exploitation. The house also showcases and pays tribute to human perseverance and acknowledges the cumulative social, cultural, and economic contribution of formerly enslaved people to the development of human civilizations. The House explores the role Islam played in providing guidance for the humane treatment of enslaved people, their integration into society, and the eventual abolition of slavery. Bin Jelmood House tells of a time when there was a flourishing trade in enslaved people throughout the Indian Ocean World, a vast region of which the countries of the Arabian Gulf are a part of. The story in Qatar begins in enslavement but ends in shared freedom and shared prosperity.





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