Unique BMW 7 Series to welcome hotel guests in South AfricaNovember 25, 2020
Sedan interior decorated by sculptor Nick Bladen
Soon, guests of Cape Town’s boutique Ellerman House will be greeted by a chauffeur in a unique hybrid BMW 745Le xDrive. The sedan was built by BMW Individual in collaboration with renowned botanical artist Nick Bladen.
The new official car at the Ellerman House in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, features a Brass Metallic Individual swamp paint finish, BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line, and 20-inch two-tone M wheels. The interior features Design Pure Excellence: enhanced BMW Individual Merino leather in cognac color, massage seats with active ventilation, plus a panoramic Sky Lounge roof and integrated Ambient Air.
The sedan is distinguished from the usual “sevens” by pillows with an embroidered EH monogram and a floral print on the headrests. But the main thing is the inserts on the front panel and doors, decorated with plants made of precious metals. The author of these works of art is artist Nick Bladen, who works in the genre of botanical sculpture. Bladen creates plaster casts of real plants, and then, using liquid gold, silver and platinum, reproduces them in metal. For BMW, Bladen slightly changed the technology and made not voluminous leaves and flowers, but their two-dimensional counterparts.
Bladen drew inspiration for his work from the flora of the Finbosch area near Cape Town, which is known for its unique biodiversity. Finbos’s most famous natural treasures include rooibos, the cultivated version of which is used to make world famous tea, and protea, the national symbol of South Africa. The sculptor is confident that Ellerman House clients will be interested in looking at the “plants” in the car, and later they will be able to meet them in the wild.
Meanwhile, there are no technical changes for the hybrid. Under the bonnet of the BMW 745Le xDrive, there is a 3.0 six-cylinder inline engine from the EfficientDynamics family, which, together with an electric motor, develops 394 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. The sedan can travel 51-54 kilometers on electric traction, which means that during the entire trip from the airport to the Ellerman House hotel (about 25 kilometers) it will not release a single gram of carbon dioxide into the air.
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