Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations department or SVO for short has been responsible for creating a huge number of Range Rover Autobiography models, tailor-made to the taste and preferences of a buyer. The folks at this department have created a new line of the Range Rover Autobiography, in collaboration with Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two will be soon be taking a number of people beyond the earth’s atmosphere and into outer space. This new Range Rover Astronaut edition celebrates this feat. Endowed with a number of changes, both on the outside as well as inside, this ultra-exclusive Range Rover is very likely to be the car of choice for the 600 people who have booked themselves a seat for this ultra-exclusive trip to space. The icing on the cake in this model is that every astronaut edition car will have discs in the cupholders which have actually been to space.
The first thing the SVO department worked on was the paint. This unique ‘Zero Gravity Blue’ paint has been inspired by the night sky, which is all you can see in the darkness of outer space. Along with the paint, the car will also come with exclusive Astronaut Edition badges on the exterior sides and rear. Also on offer is a bespoke puddle lamp design. This limited edition model will offer an option of two engines – 403.5 hp plug-in hybrid and the 525hp, 5.5-litre supercharged V8. Moving to the inside, the SVO department has gone all out, with a number of unique touches all over.
The carbon fibre lid on the centre console and rear armrest feature the DNA of flight graphic, which also makes an appearance on various on the door handles. Moreover, the virgin galactic team have created a number of constellation designs which can also be seen on various panels on the inside. The SVO department will still offer some level of personalisation to its buyers, like the embroidery on the armrest for instance. Blue contrast stitching has also been used to further enhance the interior look. Linked below is a small video, showcasing the design highlights of this car, do have a look.