Gentlemen Drive

Gentlemen Drive Issue 39

An exclusive approach to fashion, art, design, engineering and lifestyle. The latest Gran Turismos, the coolest Concept Cars and the timeless Classical Icons. Ladies & Gentlemen, get on board and start your engines!! Discover the art of driving. Bilingual: English & Spanish

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editorial #39

BIg challenges As you probably know, I’ve been working for several brands since I graduated from college. I’ve been working as a designer for Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and also Ferrari. I also set up different business linked to cars, my passion. One of these projects is the magazine you are about to read. But last year I was approached by Hispano Suiza and I couldn’t resist the idea to relaunch such an historic brand, specially for those who love classic cars but also as an spaniard. Also because somehow the brand is linked to my family roots. I have pictures of my gran-father seating behind the wheel of his grandad Hispano Suiza, Even my great grand dad had an Hispano with the Barcelona number plate ten thousand (B10000). My dad, classic…

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Bugatti Bolide Uncomparably fast, light, extreme. With its Bugatti Bolide presented a few weeks ago, the French luxury brand is once again pushing the boundaries of what is physically possible. Never before has Bugatti designed such an uncompromising vehicle, focused solely on the race track. The Bugatti Bolide serves as an experimental design study and a carrier of technological expertise: designers and engineers created and developed the real, drivable concept vehicle in less than one year, using new materials and manufacturing processes that were proven to be reliable with both real and virtual testing laps. They simulated maximum loads, acceleration times and lap times in the virtual environment. “With the Bolide we have dared to pursue an experiment of extremes. In our history that dates more than 110-years, there has never been…

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sf90 spider

Ferrari SF90 Spider As the Prancing Horse’s first production plug-in hybrid spider, the SF90 Spider sets new performance and innovation benchmarks not only for the marque’s range, but for the entire sports car sector. The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and record-breaking performance as the SF90 Stradale yet also adds further driving pleasure and versatility to the mix, thanks to the latest iteration of Ferrari’s signature Retractable Hard Top architecture. This makes the SF90 Spider the ideal car for owners that demand the very pinnacle of Ferrari technology, but still want the thrill and versatility of open-top driving. The SF90 Spider has plug-in hybrid architecture in which the internal combustion engine is integrated with two electric motors at the front, which comprise the RAC-e (Cornering Angle Regulator, Electric) system,…

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drive history

Bugatti and Schlumpf are two names that have been interlinked for a long time. Fritz Schlumpf bought his first Bugatti at the age of 22 in 1928 and drove it on weekends and in car races. The car enthusiast kept in touch with the Alsace-based company Bugatti over the coming years, although his passion for collecting didn’t really develop properly until 1961. Schlumpf initially worked as a wool broker, and in 1929 his brother Hans – two years his senior – joined the textile company. In 1935, they founded Société Anonyme pour l’Industrie Lainière (SAIL), a limited company trading in wool. After the war, the brothers bought up several factories and spinning mills in Alsace until they almost fully dominated the textile industry in eastern France. In 1957, they acquired…

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porsche unseen

The Design Process Half past eight in the morning in Weissach. It could be any normal small town in southern Germany, with a church and butcher’s shop on the village square, surrounded by gently rolling hills and golden fields of wheat – if it were not for the Porsche prototypes covered with camouflage film that visitors encounter on the country road leading to the town. Porsche has had its Development Centre here since 1971, in the middle of idyllic countryside and just 25 kilometres from the main factory in Zuffenhausen. All new series production models are created in Weissach – from the first sketch, through scale models up to development of new engines, chassis and near-production prototypes, which are evaluated on test rigs, in wind tunnels and on the in-house test…

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julie kraulis

What was first, your love for drawing or your love for watches? I am relatively new to watches but I have loved drawing my entire life. Art has been a passion of mine since I was very little. I have always had a compulsion to make things. Some of my earliest memories were at the kitchen table drawing, painting and working creatively. Over the years I have explored many different artistic disciplines and media but drawing is my favourite. When and how did you start drawing watches? I stumbled into watches quite serendipitously in 2016 when I read an article about iconic watches. I had wanted to focus on a collection of work that would engage both my head and heart. Something that would keep me curious and interested within the intellectual realm…