Are you a Range Rover lover? Do you want the most exclusive Range Rover ever made? Try to wrap your head around this:
A new exclusive Range Rover Astronaut Edition produced by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations is only available to members of the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut community.
It is true, to be able to purchase one of these Rovers, you have to first purchase a ticket to go into space on Virgin Galactic, which is rumored to cost $250,000.
Here are the details on the vehicle:
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.
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 technologies and exceptional attention to detail. A unique puddle lamp illumination design features the silhouette of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. In addition, there are Astronaut Edition badging features on the tailgate and side.
Inside, the Astronaut Edition features a crafted piece of the spaceship’s front landing skid that flew on Virgin Spaceship Unity’s first space flight in December 2018. Part of that skid, which provides the spaceship with a highly effective, lightweight braking mechanism, has been re-purposed to form two discs within the cup holders. One of these references a quote which Richard Branson often makes to his fellow Future Astronauts - ‘See you up there’ -and the other features the details of the space flight.
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 special features include a ‘DNA of Flight’ graphic on the carbon fiber front console cover and this motif is also embossed onto the leather rear armrest. Solid aluminum 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 is also found on the rear of the front headrests and the metal panel above the glove box. Additional personalization options include stitching the Future Astronaut’s initials onto the headrests.
The Astronaut Edition is based on the luxurious 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 in some markets. A high-performance 5.0-litre V8 supercharged gas engine is also offered.