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virgin galactic launches exclusive range rover astronaut edition

if traveling into space with virgin galactic wasn’t set to be special enough, these future astronauts will also have the exclusive possibility of owning a unique range rover ‘astronaut’ edition. thanks to the land rover special vehicle operations, the luxurious ‘autobiography’ model has been launched to new heights. the one-off car design is out of this world, from a bespoke exterior to a spacious, space-themed interior.


sir richard branson, virgin galactic chief, in the range rover astronaut edition
all images courtesy of jaguar land rover

 

 

coated in a unique zero gravity blue paint, the range rover ‘astronaut’ edition’s exterior is inspired by the depth and intensity of the stratosphere’s night sky. the virgin galactic spaceship two’s badge decorates the tailgate as well as the side profile. with the doors open, a bespoke puddle lamp switches on to illuminate the ground with a silhouette of the spaceship, too.

 

 

range rover’s one-off interior design includes custom cup holders with one crafted from the front landing skid of virgin galactic’s first space flight in december 2018, the other will pay tribute to the customer’s own experience. the astronaut references do not stop there though: virgin’s ‘DNA of light’ logo graphic adorns the carbon fiber front console drawer lid, their future astronaut community constellation design is debossed onto the leather rear armrests and solid aluminum metal door handles, and the pattern also features on the rear of the front headrests and the metal letterbox panel above the glovebox.

 

 

 

 

 


(left) gerry mcgovern, chief design officer, land rover, and (right) sir richard branson, virgin galactic chief

 

 

product info:

 

name: astronaut edition

manufacturer: range rover

base model: autobiography

partner: virgin galactic



designboom | architecture & design magazine

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