Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations has launched a special-edition Range Rover that will be available exclusively to Future Astronauts signed up to fly to space with Virgin Galactic.
The Astronaut Edition features distinctive exterior and interior design elements celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience and Virgin Galactic’s unique community of Future Astronauts. It marks another important milestone in the ongoing partnership between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, which has been an authentic collaboration since the start.
A unique Zero Gravity Blue paint finish inspired by the depth and intensity of the night sky demonstrates Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations’ state-of-the-art technology and exceptional attention to detail. A bespoke puddle lamp illumination design features the silhouette of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, while unique Astronaut Edition badging features on the tailgate and side profile finishers.
Inside, the Astronaut Edition features a crafted piece of the spaceship’s front landing skid that flew on Virgin Spaceship Unity’s first spaceflight in December 2018. Part of that skid, which provides the spaceship with a highly effective, lightweight braking mechanism, has been repurposed to form two discs within the cup holders. One of these references a quote that Richard Branson often makes to his fellow Future Astronauts – ‘See you up there’ – and the other features the details of the spaceflight. Once a Future Astronaut has flown to space, and becomes an astronaut, this will be swapped out with part of the wooden skid from that customer’s own spaceflight, personally inscribed with the specific details of a life-changing experience.
Further bespoke features include a ‘DNA of Flight’ graphic on the carbon fibre front console drawer lid and this motif is also debossed onto the leather rear armrest. Solid aluminium metal door handles are engraved with Virgin Galactic’s own Future Astronaut community constellation pattern, which represents a global community connected by a love of space. This design also features on the rear of the front headrests and metal letterbox panel design above the glovebox. Additional personalisation options include stitching the Future Astronaut’s initials onto the headrests.
The Astronaut Edition is based on the Range Rover Autobiography, where comfort and refinement meet peerless all-terrain capability. In line with both brands’ commitment to a sustainable future, the Astronaut Edition is available with Land Rover’s P400e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, which delivers a combined 404PS, EV range of 42 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 72g/km, subject to market availability. A high-performance 5.0-litre V8 P525 supercharged petrol is also offered.
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