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Rolls Royce Experiment With Aluminum Tech for New SUV Project

 

Prestigious car brand Rolls Royce have this week confirmed that they will be working with new lightweight aluminium spaceframe architecture as of 2018, coinciding with their plans to modernise what has been traditionally thought of as a classic fleet.

What the future holds for Rolls Royce

These plans are said to underpin their latest project, the ‘Cullinan’ SUV; a vehicle that is scheduled to launch later this decade. Going head-to head with the likes of the Bentley Bentayga is appears that Rolls Royce are investing ehvaiy in new technology and building procedures, ensuring that the Rolls Royce name will forever reign supreme.

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Rolls says its two-year testing programme ‘aims to ensure that the new space-frame structure perfectly delivers Rolls-Royce’s trademark “magic-carpet ride” on a variety of surfaces and that it is resilient to extreme weather conditions.’

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief exec of Rolls-Royce, said: ‘It is time to take the next step in the luxury journey. This is why I am announcing today that on-road testing of our all-new proprietary architecture is beginning. This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand.’

Let us know what you think. Do you agree that if something is not broken why fix it? Leave your comments below.

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Ferrari FXX Signed By Schumacher Expected to Get £1.5 at Auction

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is regarded as one of the world’s greatest racers; therefore pretty much everything he touches turns to gold, especially cars. A Ferrari FXX with Michael Schumacher’s signature on the bonnet is to go under the hammer at an auction in Berlin on 26th September, expecting to fetch a whopping £1.5m.

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The Ferrari FXX is not only special due to its celebrity association but it is also an extremely rare edition, with only 30 of the vehicles being built back in 2006. With Schumacher’s car being number 29 of the 30 it boasts a great deal of speciality, being signed in the last year before his retirement.

Costing £2million from new purchasers enjoyed being added to the XX program; which included trackside support and maintenance. Where this is no longer a selling point can the car really reach the £1.5m that experts believe it can?

Under the bonnet

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Based on the Ferrari Enzo, the FXX showcases a 6.3L V12 engine, delivering an impressive 809bhp at 8500rpm. Going from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds the car is undeniably impressive, but is the price tag a little optimistic? Leave your thoughts by commenting below.

 

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Editor’s Pick of the Day: Top 5 Luxury Chauffeur Cars

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As humans we all crave a bit of luxury, wanting to enjoy the finer things in life. Where this is not always financially possible it is important that you treat yourself from time to time, enjoying great cars where possible. At Cars for stars we are keen advocates of that, hiring out various types of chauffeur cars at commendable rates.

If you are looking to hire a luxury car for an upcoming event the be sure that we at Cars for Stars can help, sporting an eclectic fleet made up of various brands and vehicle types.

Here are our top 5 luxury cars, we hope they help you make a well-informed decision as to what you want to hire:

Mercedes S Class

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Oozing with indulgence the S Class is favoured amongst our corporate customers; those that want to experience a laid back, smooth ride. Equipped with luxury leather and a spacious interior this Mercedes models boast character, erect for those that enjoy conveying that wealthy image.

Range Rover Sport 

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The Range Rover sport has attitude, extremely popular amongst our younger customers. Being both roomy and enviably comfortable hiring a Range Rover can be a true delight, especially if you are heading out for a night on the town.

Rolls Royce Phantom

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Being such an iconic vehicle the Rolls Royce Phantom is for many the epitome of luxury, showcasing an extravagant design and set of features. From its large body to its quirky incorporations, it is true that the RR Phantom speaks to our outlandish cravings. Being such a stunning creation the Phantom has proven its worth at many different types of events, a very popular choice for wedding, prom and corporate travel.

Lincoln Towncar limousine 

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The Lincoln Towncar is a very popular choice here at Cars for Stars, with its ability to chauffeur up to 12 individuals providing to be an attractive feature. Combining space with high-tech features this particular limo is a great choice for hire.

Starline limo bus 

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If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary then have you considered party bus hire? With cars for Stars being one of the only companies providing the Starline Limo Bus it is safe to say that we can offer the best service around, with these buss built with a wealth of extraordinary features. From televisions and sound systems to karaoke machines and champagne fridges, no single vehicle exceeds the extravagance of the Starline.

If you are interested in hiring any of the above chauffeur vehicles then call us today for more information.

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2016 Set to Welcome the Rolls Royce Dawn

 

At Cars for Stars we were overjoyed at the news of Rolls Royce’ latest creation, the Dawn. With the name being a huge contrast against models such as the Phantom an the Ghost the unveiling has caused many whispers in the industry.

Said to be an open-top version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupé, the car will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016, leaving car enthusiasts eager to place their orders next summer.

Why Dawn?

Although the name has come as a great surprise it is not the first time the British carmakers have used the name, used back in 1949 before appearing on 28 drop-top models up to 1954 including the Silver Dawn, the first factory-built Rolls-Royce.

On the new name, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: “Dawn is a beautiful new open-top motor car with a name that suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds – an awakening, an opening up of one’s senses and a burst of sunshine. It will be the most social of super-luxury motor cars for those beautiful people who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s social hotspots.”

Mirroring many qualities of the Wraith the Dawn shares the same wheelbase, inspired by the same two-door design. With the beauty of the Wraith globally celebrated it makes sense for the designers to not change too much with this creation, just creating the car with a slightly gently sloping rear deck.

Under the Bonnet

The mechanical make-up is almost identical to the Wraith, showcasing 624bhp and a twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine. With so many mirrored qualities we expect the car to drive pretty much the same as the Wraith, being a very popular chauffeur car for weddings, business trips and other important occasions.

Prices are set to start at around £250,000 for the Dawn. What do you think, is this a bargain or a sign of greed? Leave your comments below.

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Transport to Wembley – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy

010794373744900If you are looking to visit Wembley for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy then we at Cars for Stars can help, having access to the best vehicles to get you to the stadium safely and in style.

Why choose us?

With over a decade of experience paired with an enviable collection of sporting transport methods we at Cars for Stars are the UK’s first choice for Wembley transport.

Choosing Cars for Stars grants you the freedom to explore Wembley after the game, allowing you to enjoy the occasion to the fullest.

Vehicles available

With the largest fleet of hire vehicles in the UK sporting fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to vehicle selection, catering to every type of Wembley trip. Whether you are a businessman in need of a chauffeur vehicle to get you and a partner to the stadium of a group of lads in need of a double decker coach, allow our team to get you a cheap rate for hire.

Our vehicle collection includes:

And much more.

To get a clearer picture of what Cars for Stars can offer visit our gallery. You will find images and descriptions of each vehicle, allowing you to visualise your journey to and from the game.

Get a quote

Contact us today and allow a member of the team to talk you through your options, arriving at a bespoke travel plan to make your Wembley experience one to remember.

 

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High Gear Insurance show further signs of Chauffeur Insurance market domination

High Gear LogoHigh Gear Insurance are really going after the chauffeur insurance market having geared up their website to attract the UK’s limo and chauffeur car drivers.

Coming from humble beginnings the Cardiff based company have apparently tripled in size since their explosion onto the scene in 2013.

Company Director, Alex Drummond, is arguably the catalyst of this success, having spent many years working in the luxury chauffeur sector.

‘Knowing the industry inside out it was a natural progression for High Gear to expand into chauffeur car insurance. With limo drivers and people who own wedding cars notoriously paying over the odds to insure their pride and joy I wanted to offer these drivers a solution.

‘With the High Gear panel expanding every single day we are now an incredibly competitive option for chauffeur insurance and we will not stop until will become the one stop shop for all types of insurance policies.’

The company has experienced incredible growth in the taxi insurance market also, being supported by a number of industry officials.

taxi-129094_439x324In a recent article from insurance news platform Lady Motor a journalist honed in on their aggressive approach to online marketing, infamously dominating the search engine for all insurance related searches.

‘Having been in business for over a year they quickly defined their niche as a business, being the best option for taxi insurance and chauffeur insurance policies in the UK. Having such a great product to sell High Gear needed to make sure that taxi drivers would stumble across their website when looking for insurance online.’ said Lady Motor.

Let us know what you think, in the near future will we be turning to High Gear before comparison sites? Leave your comments below.

Ed Sheeran Has First Driving Lesson with Top Gear’s The Stig

Ed Sheeran has successfully made looking scruffy and being ginger cool over the years, being viewed as a God by much of the UK’s youngsters. Not only does he work the unconventional pop star look but also he has now made not having a driving license fashionable. How does he do it?

Where many women love a man with a nice car Ed Sheeran seems to do just well without one, having been rumoured to have spent personal time with both Taylor Swift as well as Ellie Goulding.

On the first episode of the new series of Top Gear the Lego House singer was placed in Top Gear’s reasonably priced car. On the show he revealed that this was the first time he has not only driven a car but even sat in a driving seat! With a stunned studio audience the red head explained that he thought it would be funny for his first driving lesson to be delivered by the Stig.

His lap was more than impressive with Sheeran providing the illusion that he knew exactly what he was doing.

Take a look at some pictures from the day!

 

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Kim Kardashian, David Essex and the cast of Georgie Shore: Just a few Celebs that love to ride in limos

RR-KKLimousines are undoubtedly the most luxurious vehicle types, embodying both elegance and flamboyancy. With stretched limos proving to be the UK’s favourite vehicle to travel in such cars inevitably attract the rich and famous, with our fleet having seated the likes of Kim Kardashian and David Haye in the past.

For one limo driver from Cheltenham it is this celebrity clientele that has maintained his passion for limo driving, with each and every day bringing surprise passengers his way.

Chris has been driving limos for fifteen year, resulting in him being on television and meeting some of the countries most famous celebrity figures.

Chris said: “I was the first in Gloucestershire, and I called the company 21st Century Limousines. For the first few weeks I parked on all the major roads in Cheltenham with a big sign on the side with the phone number; I was by the Racecourse, I was on the A40. And once I was in yellow pages it went crazy, I was working all the time.”

And the job brought Chris into some surprising circumstances. Chris said: “I was booked by a woman called Cook for her wedding at Eastnor Castle, I was to take her to Heathrow. Judith and I drove down and I got there and said to this bloke ‘this is some pile here’ and he said ‘yeah, it’s nice, innit’. I went back and said to Judith, that he looked awfully like David Essex – and it was.

“His real name was Cook, he was the father of the bride who had booked me but I had no idea. limo fun

With many dreaming to meet David Essex it seems as a limo driver you simply stumble across such experiences.

“I was also briefly on TV with Trinny and Susannah, they did a makeover with a woman from Cheltenham Ladies’ College and sent her to a ball, so I was on screen just for a second. And for Celebrity Wedding Planners I had two youngsters from Geordie Shore.”

Although contemplating retirement it seems that life as a limo driver is what has kept him going, with the fun such cars can bring ensuring Chris has always got a spring in is step.

Chris said: “It’s a lot of fun because your customers are having fun, you wouldn’t hire a stretch limo for something serious, it’s all about having fun.”

What do you think, could you make it as a limo driver? Leave you comments below.

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Review: The Rolls Royce Maharaja Drophead Coupe

rolls-royce-phantom-drophead-coupe-1Rolls Royce are infamous for their outlandish automotive creations, with each and every edition boasting a unique quality. It is safe to say that Dubai homes some of the most incredible Rolls Royce marques ever made with wealthy Arabs renowned for their love of extravagant vehicles.

The British carmakers have such a strong client base in Dubai that many of their creations are exclusive to the country, with the rest of the world desperate to get their hands of these limited editions.

The latest Rolls Royce Phantom to get the world talking is the Rolls Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe, a vehicle that enthuses in beauty and panache. The flamboyant car was recently celebrated in Fashion magazine Femina Middle East, being the focus of their Indian-style photo shoot.

Their choice of car was impeccable with the Maharaja defining Indian culture in a flamboyant yet classy fashion.

What does ‘Maharaja’ mean?

Maharaja is a Sanskrit title for a ‘great ruler’, ‘great king’ or ‘high king’, with the Maharaja Phantom undeniably showcases these connotations. The word has been adopted by many when trying to reflect an element of royalty, with catering businesses, restaurants and successful brands making use of what the word stands for.

rolls-royce-phantom-drophead-coupe-3The stunning white Phantom features an emerald green coachline as well as peacock emblems, with the peacock being India’s national bird. These little intricacies are what brings the car to life, setting it apart from your average automobile.

Discussing the car, General Manager at the local AGMC Rolls-Royce showroom in Dubai said, “Dubai is the only market in the world to receive this extraordinary, one-of-a-kind Bespoke Phantom Drophead Coupé, which has been two years in the making – not only an incredible coup for us, but also a strong reflection of the importance that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars places on this market.”

Let us know what you think of the Maharaja by leaving your comments below.

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BMW & Range Rover ‘connected cars’ targeted by Cyber Hackers

hakNew luxury cars are often celebrated for their integration of new technology, with modern features giving way to improved control systems, having huge effects on braking, acceleration and security.

Although these ‘connected cars’ are undeniably more streamlined with fingerprint technology and keyless ignition systems making more of an extremely personal driving experience are they too good to be true?

Of late they have caused an international panic, proving to pose larger theft risks than your average hatchback. According to reliable sources criminal organisations have been using sophisticated technology to steal information as well as extort money from car owners.

Edmund King, president of the AA, told:

“You are now getting the connected car. You’re getting cars that are connected to the internet 24 hours a day. If cyber criminals targeted automobiles like they’re targeting other things we’d be in for a hard and fast ride.”

“The more cars rely on technology, particularly remote technology, the more there is to get at.”

The most dangerous possibility is criminals hacking into a car’s safety systems, including cruise control and braking.

“Ultimately there could be a terrorist-type threat to transport systems,” King said. “I don’t think we’re there yet but it’s something that needs to be addressed.”

Not only is this giving hackers a new route to devise theft plans with but it can also encourage unsafe roads, with hackers being able to influence crashes as a result of their control.

Research has found that recent thefts of BMW and Range Rover marques has been a result of criminals gaining access to internal computer systems known as Controller Area Network (CAN). This can be achieved through a wireless network, Bluetooth or a car radio.

With such scepticism surrounding the modern vehicle we can take solace in the thought that future technology will hone in on car safety.