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New Ghost is the result of in-depth dialogue with Rolls-Royce’s diverse and global customer base. Many of them asked the marque to create a motor car that provides the indulgence of enhanced rear space within the interior suite with no compromise to driving dynamics. Ghost Extended answers this customer demand by creating a product that augments both their business and lifestyle requirements.”


Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars





INTRODUCTION


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announces new Ghost Extended, offering the indulgence of enhanced rear seating space with no compromise to Ghost’s driving dynamics. Ghost Extended is the product of an exhaustive process of consultation with a new generation of Rolls-Royce clients. This global, highly dynamic group of entrepreneurs expressed a desire for a chauffeur-driven business tool for the week that can transform into a serenely comfortable and dynamic self-driven saloon at the weekend. Ghost Extended is the response. First customer deliveries will be made in the fourth quarter of 2020.





DESIGN


Ghost Extended offers 170mm more space than Ghost, providing more rear legroom than any four-seat sedan with the exception of a Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended. Customer centricity has informed every step of the development process. A key learning was that Ghost Extended customers wanted no compromise to Ghost’s pure, minimalist design. The marque’s designers worked to cloak the extra length by only extending the rear door and body around the rear door apertures, preserving the lines of the car.





TECHNOLOGY

Rear Suite Serenity


A suite of enhancements to the rear of the cabin reflects Ghost Extended’s flexibility. For the first time, a reclining Serenity Seat can be selected, offering a new dimension of rear seat comfort akin to a business jet cabin environment.


The rear cabin also provides the perfect environment to transition from business to leisure. To enhance this, a Champagne fridge is provided between the rear seats and has been developed with exacting attention to the needs of the Rolls-Royce client. To achieve this, the marque’s engineers consulted with a Master Sommelier. They learned that the optimum serving temperatures of non-vintage Champagne is around six degrees centigrade and vintage Champagnes is around 11 degrees centigrade. To that end, the refrigerator operates two cooling modes, chilling to six degrees and 11 degrees.





Technology Without Obtrusion


Ghost is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever created. For Ghost Extended’s entrepreneurial customers, access to WiFi and cutting-edge infotainment systems is essential for use during the business day. However, technological functions have been deployed with care to reflect customer demand for a serene environment, free from unnecessary distractions.


The commitment to delivering a pure, detoxifying space extends to the air within the cabin. To deliver this, Ghost is equipped with a new Micro-Environment Purification System (MEPS). This technology enhances existing air filtration systems through software and hardware. Highly sensitive Impurity Detection Sensors detect ambient air quality, automatically activating fresh air intakes into Recirculation Mode. If unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are detected, the air is passed through a nanofleece filter that is capable of removing nearly all ultra-fine particles within the cabin in less than two minutes.





A suite of technologies enhances the driving experience in urban and country settings. This includes laser headlights with more than 600m of illuminated range and key safety enhancements including vision assist with day and night-time wildlife and pedestrian warning; alertness assistant; a four-camera system with panoramic view, all round-visibility and helicopter view; active cruise control; collision warning; cross traffic warning; lane departure and lane change warning. An industry-leading 7x3 high definition head-up display and self-park ensures absolute effortlessness whatever the driving conditions.





ENGINEERING

All-Aluminium Spaceframe and New V12 Engine


Ghost Extended is built on the Architecture of Luxury, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminium spaceframe that underpins every new Rolls-Royce model. The marque's hallmark Magic Carpet Ride is delivered by a new Planar Suspension System, the result of more than 10 years' exhaustive testing and refinement by specialist engineers. Featuring continuously variable, electronically controlled shock absorbers, self-levelling high-volume air strut assemblies and a world-first upper wishbone damper; this technology has never been previously applied to a production motor car. Ghost Extended also benefits from all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering for the first time.





Power is provided by a 6.75-litre twin turbocharged engine developed exclusively for Ghost. It produces 571PS and 850Nm of torque. The requirement for silence when travelling is answered through 100kg of acoustic damping materials incorporated into the chassis, bodywork and tyres, delivering exhilarating performance without disturbing the serenity within.





MATERIALS AND METHODS

Simplicity Through Complexity

The pursuit of design simplicity requires highly complex engineering and craft techniques. For example, sophisticated bodywork forms are only achievable through advanced generative design and 3D printing. This is the first time this technology has been incorporated within a component production facility and combined with Rolls-Royce’s craft and engineering competencies.

For Ghost Extended, beam-melted metal components are welded to the body-in-white, while parts made by multi-jet fusion and selective laser sintering are individually fitted at the Home of Rolls-Royce.





More traditional craft is given a contemporary expression through the introduction of two new wood finishes, developed especially for Ghost. Obsidian Ayous is inspired by the rich palette of colours found in igneous rocks, while Dark Amber has veins of fine aluminium particles running through the wood. Both are available in open-pore finish, allowing the tactility of the material to fully express itself.






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The new Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT8R will make its debut in the ADAC Total Nürburgring 24 Hours on the world-famous Nordschleife in Germany this weekend, with partner racing team Garage 59.





The Aston Martin Vantage GT8R, based on the same chassis that has proved successful in its GTE, GT3 and GT4 variants around the world, is set to compete in the SP8T class. It will be raced by works drivers Darren Turner (GB), and Jonny Adam (GB) – who won the GTE Am class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend – as well as Aston Martin test driver Chris Goodwin (GB) and GT World Challenge class race winner Alexander West (SWE).




Sitting between the GT3 and GT4 Vantages, the GT8R’s performance has been optimised around the race’s SP8T regulations, with reduced weight, increased power and improved aerodynamics compared to its GT4 counterpart. The aerodynamics package includes a larger rear wing, as well as new dive planes and splitter, whilst power and weight are targeted at the SP8T class limits of 549hp and 1450kg




An early concept of the GT8R actually won the SP8T class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours last year, in the hands of British trio Alex Brundle, Pete Cate, and Jamie Chadwick. Since then the production specification has been comprehensively developed and recently completed its sign- off testing at Aragon in Spain before making its race debut last month in round five of the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series (NLS).




Aimed primarily at customers wishing to race in the NLS and the Nürburgring 24 Hours, it is also eligible for the GT Cup in the UK, Super Taikyu in Japan, America’s Transam Series and the New Zealand Endurance Championship, as well as being an ideal candidate for a track day car. A run of 50 will go on sale at a list price of £225,000, while kits will be made available for existing Vantage GT4 customers to upgrade their cars.




Aston Martin Racing works driver Turner said: “The GT8R is such a fun car to race – it’s really easy to drive and gives the driver so much confidence. The car performed extremely well on its debut at the Nürburgring, and once we’ve applied the lessons we learned during the six-hour race – where it ran faultlessly – I expect it to be able to allow us to fight for class victory in the 24-hour event. You can really feel the step up in performance, but it remains a far less demanding car to race than a high downforce GT3 or GTE. I’ve loved driving it around the Nordschleife and I can’t wait to return there this weekend.”




Aston Martin Racing President David King added: “This car was borne out of a desire from our existing customers who wanted to step up to a faster machine than the Vantage GT4, and from our desire to have a truly competitive car in the increasingly important SP8T class at the Nürburgring. The GT8R exploits a gap in the market that allows drivers to experience the user- friendly accessibility of the entry-level Vantage, while delivering a significant step-up in performance.”




The 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours starts at 1530 CEST on Saturday 26 September. More than 100 cars in 21 classes will battle it out in what is regarded as one of the toughest endurance races in the world.






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Alwadi Hotel MGallery pool area offers guests a hidden retreat in the heart of Doha


AlWadi Hotel MGallery’s unique pool and poolside restaurant and bar O’Glacee offers guests a cool escape from the bustling city.





Located on the third floor of the hotel and with historical and unparalleled views across Msheireb Downtown Doha and Souq Waqif, it is an urban oasis with a beautifully designed pool, multiple areas for poolside lounging and imaginative menus to ensure guests have the ultimate experience.


“Our temperature controlled pool is open every day from 8am to 8pm and with such an incredible location it has become a popular spot,” said Mr. Hani Akkari, General Manager of Alwadi Hotel MGallery. “It has one of the most exciting views in Doha, with a perfect location to relax, unwind and gather with friends and family for sundowners or a meal at O’Glacee in the shadow of the iconic Doha skyline.”


During the day guests can explore from a poolside menu of light meals, snacks and drinks designed to fuel your poolside relaxation. After sunset, O’Glacee offers the ultimate in alfresco dining - a fusion Mediterranean-inspired tapas restaurant featuring signature seafood dishes, grilled meats and selections of salads and appetizers. O’Glacee is open daily from 12pm to 11pm.





“At night the pool terrace and O’Glacee really comes alive,” says Mr. Akkari. “We have worked hard to create a venue with the right ambience and an innovative, fresh menu to ensure an unforgettable experience for our guests.”


Alwadi Hotel MGallery has a range of offers to ensure guests make the most of the pool and facilities as we head into the cooler months in Doha.


Pool access passes are available for QR150 per person or QR275 for a couple including two healthy drinks and a platter of sliced seasonal fruits.





For an afternoon well spent, guests can also avail a special offer which allows pool access and a three course lunch at the popular Le Colonial with non-alcoholic beverages for QR250 per person or QR475 per couple.


Every Thursday you can indulge in the most lavish and fun seafood night in town – Sur La Mer - at O’Glacee with a wide variety of the freshest fish and crustaceans served playfully in buckets to share.


Location: Alwadi Hotel Doha MGallery


Area: Corner of Wadi Musheireb and Jassim bin Mohammed Street


Contact details for more information: +974 4009 9999 or Whatsapp +974 3075 8211 or email to reservations.alwadihotel@accor.com


Website: www.alwadihoteldoha.com


Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alwadihoteldoha/






#AlwadiHotelMGallery #OGlacee #DOHA

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