Saturday, November 2, 2013

London Motor Group first powerboat customisation: Project Noire

London Motor Group first powerboat customisation: Project Noire
Designed and customised by London Motor Group CEO, Elo, the powerboat, named Noire, is a 38-ft Wellcraft Scarab as featured in the 1980s TV series Miami Vice.  Refurbished inside and out at the Super Car Workshop in London, Noire is a 1997 Scarab, purchased by Elo in Miami in 2008.  It was the fastest offshore powerboat of its time and is still arguably the quickest craft of its kind in the UK, powered by two 502-cubic-inch Mercury V8 engines, each developing 450 horsepower.

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London Motor Group first powerboat customisation: Project Noire interior

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Noire’s customisation has been sympathetic to its decadent 1980s heritage, whilst updating the powerboat to reflect the modern applications demanded in 2013.  Outside, the bow has been completely decked in non-slip Flexiteek and the hull wrapped in a matt-grey-over-black finish, with a striking red stripe and canopy colour-matched to a Ferrari 458 supercar.

Inside, the brilliant white seating and mirrored walls have been maintained as classic design features of the era, whilst the mirrored ceilings and mini-bar have been replaced with lush black alcantara headlining and a pair of champagne chillers.   A state-of-the-art entertainment system has been installed, complete with on-board wi-fi, iPad connectivity, and data streaming for the sound system and LED television.  Mood lighting, teak flooring and black detailing throughout complete the customisation.

Commenting on the project, Elo said: “Noire is inspired by my car customisation business, in particular the several Mansory Rolls-Royce Phantom projects I have completed – which feature a similar matt grey over black exterior finish.  Many of my Super Car Workshop customers own boats, and Noire demonstrates how customisation can span an individual’s collection, from cars to boats to anything they like.  The Noire powerboat would suit a Mansory Rolls-Royce Phantom really well as a complementary offshore vehicle, and would be at home in any of the world’s superyacht marinas.”

Elo’s customisation work, including Noire, will feature in a dedicated new television series due to be aired in Spring 2014.

London Motor Group Press