Whilst the UK is in the current period of isolation, we have been spent some time finding some of the lesser known facts about the brands that H.R. Owen are lucky enough to work with. We thought we’d share them with you… in the hope it bring a little brightness and interest to your isolated day!
1. The Aston Martin logo - despite looking like bird wings - are actually the wings of a scarab beetle
2. The first Aston Martin was built in 1915 and nicknamed ‘Coal Scuttle’, after a common household item that was used to carry small amounts of coal to coal-powered ovens and heaters
3. One of four Aston Martins used in the 1967 James Bond film, Goldfinger, was stolen in 1997 from a Florida airport hangar and has never been found
4. The ‘DB’ models stand for ‘David Brown’ - a British industrialist who owned a tractor company and bought Aston Martin in 1947
5. Aston Martin never named one of their vehicles, the DB8, as they didn’t want people to believe the vehicle had a V8 rather than a V12 engine
1. The BAC Mono’s design and construction is inspired by the construction principles employed in DTM race cars
2. A gearshift in the BAC Mono takes 35 milliseconds
3. During production, each BAC Mono is custom-built around the purchaser's body shape. The size of the seat, pedal reach and steering wheel position are modified in order to suit the individual's ergonomic requirements
4. Founded in 2009, BAC needed just two years to develop the Mono single-seat sports car, with input from iconic British brands such as Cosworth and Hewland
5. The Mono’s Hewland transmission is the same as the transmission used in a Formula 3 car
1. Every W12 engine takes 30 people 13.5 hours to build. They are built in the Bentley Motors factory in Crewe, England.
2. The Mulliner Tourbillon clock by Breitling, for Bentayga, beats 28,800 times per hour
3. Each main headlamp on the new Continental GT contains 82 individual LEDs, arranged in the beautiful crystal design that is unique to Bentley
4. The world’s largest gathering of Bentleys happened at Salon Prive in 2019 when 1,321 cars, representing all generations of Bentley, assembled together
5. The launch colour of the all-new Bentley Continental GT, Sequin Blue, was named after a customer who wanted their car to match her favourite sequined dress
1. The company was founded by Ettore Bugatti. His factory produced more than just cars, supplying parts for railways, tools, and engines of different varieties
2. Bugatti was the first company to produce a 3D printed brake calliper
3. Bugatti named the Veyron and Chiron after previous racing drivers, Pierre Veyron and Louis Chiron
4. The Bugatti Veyron has 10 radiators! The average car has one to two radiators, but the Veyron has three radiators for its engine alone.
5. The Bugatti Chiron 300+ was the first supercar to ever break the 300mph barrier hitting 304.77 mph
1. The Lamborghini Miura was the world’s first mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive supercar
2. Lamborghini used to manufacture tractors when it was first founded and were the first in Italy to be fitted with a synchronised gearbox as standard
3. Lamborghini wears a bull on its badge due to how impressed founder Ferruccio Lamborghini was when he visited Don Eduardo Miura’s fighting bull ranch
4. Lamborghini’s Terzo Millenio concept uses the body structure to store energy
5. One of the longest-standing models manufactured by Lamborghini was the Lamborghini Countach. It was first produced in 1974 and the company were still producing this car in 1990
1. Maserati’s trident logo was inspired by the statue of Neptune holding a trident, in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna
2. The Maserati 5000GT was built for the Shah of Persia, taking a race car engine and inserting it into the body of a 3500GT
3. Before the Maserati brothers turned their hands to cars, the company used to build spark plugs
4. Juan Manuel Fangio won the last of his five Formula 1 Championships in a Maserati 250F
5. In 1963, the Maserati Quattroporte was the fastest four-door car in the world
1. At the prototype stage, the 6.6-litre Rolls-Royce V12 engine had to faultlessly revolve 750 million times before being approved for production
2. The mechanism that retracts the Spirit of Ecstasy to prevent theft and damage is comprised of 24 unseen linkages and bearings
3. One lady asked for the leather colour of her Rolls-Royce to be matched to her Red Setter. This was achieved (with no harm coming to the dog!)
4. The Compass motif on the Bespoke ‘Home of Rolls-Royce Collection’ Phantom is comprised of 55,533 stitches drawn from 356m of thread
5. A Rolls-Royce rides on a 16-litre ‘air cushion’ to deliver its famed ‘magic carpet ride’
1. When an owner purchases a Puritalia Berlinetta, they are provided a full design team to ensure their car is as unique as they are
2. The Puritalia Berlinetta is as much futuristic as it is a nod to the past, based on the classic grand tourers of the 1960s, fitted with a supercharged Coyote V8 and an electric motor
3. The Berlinetta’s hybrid system, ‘Purhydrive’, is controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) through a specialised software!
4. The vehicle’s smart technology constantly monitors the weather, road conditions, traffic and driving style to determine the optimal hybrid strategy
5. The body of the Berlinetta is entirely made of carbon fibre and takes around 800 man-hours to complete from start-to-finish
1. Rimac doesn’t only build electric supercars, it supports other companies by developing and producing battery packs, drivetrain systems and full vehicles
2. The Rimac C_Two gets from a standstill to 60mph in 1.58 seconds and will carry on to a top speed of 258mph!
3. Forgotten your keys? The C_Two will let you in and start the car with facial recognition, keeping record of the car’s settings according to your mood.
4. The Concept Two has a feature called ‘Drift Mode’, which allows drivers to drift at high speeds and an intelligent traction control system helps to keep the car in control simultaneously
5. Before Rimac was known around the world, Mate could be found in his garage in Croatia tinkering with his E30 BMW, converting it to an electric drivetrain. Back in 2007