Bentley releases gigapixel image of Flying Spur W12 S in Dubai

Article by Christian A., on March 28, 2017

As a child, most of us would’ve probably enjoyed going through numerous hunting expeditions trying to find the guy with the red-and-white striped shirt called Waldo or probably Ronald McDonalds hidden behind a post in a festival scene or something like that. You might also remember the moments when it took you hours of literally having to stick your face into the photo just to find them.

These things may sound oddly old school to the new generation as there are now new technological innovations such as the NASA-derived technology called the Gigapixel that allows people to zoom into an image further than what has been previously been possible.

One of the current users of this technology is none other than British automaker Bentley. Last year, Bentley set-up a special camera 2,300 feet away from the Golden Gate Bridge to snap a gigapixel image of the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase crossing it. Seven hundred photos were taken from the same location and then stitched together into one photo.

At first glance, you won’t be able to spot the large sedan since it will only look like a tiny spec in the photo but as you zoom in, you can see the distinct combination of the Rose Gold and Magnetic gray body paint. You can even zoom in close enough so that you can see the stitching on the headrest logo.

Now, Bentley is making yet another one of these masterpieces but this time with a different model. The location is now as extravagant as the model, as the Bentley Flying Spur graces the streets of Dubai – one of the best places to find the most extravagant vehicles in the world; its beautiful landscape, the perfect hiding place for a Flying Spur

The whole process of taking this magnificent photo was a tedious task. It includes suspending a camera 866 feet or 264 meters in one of the city’s tallest buildings, Cayan Tower, and withstanding 25 km/h winds and 40 degrees of heat. There were 1,825 frames that had to be processed and it took 48 hours to finish this detailed landscape image. More so, due to the immense size of the image, an additional 18 hours was spent to download.

All in all, the image has 57.7 billion pixels (4 billion more than the Mulsanne’s) stitched together to form this magnificent masterpiece. It enables the viewers to zoom into the photo from Dubai’s full skyline and into a crystal-clear image of the Bentley crest on the Flying Spur’s hood.

This gigapixel photograph of the Flying Spur W12 S is actually used as a metaphor of the car itself. Much like the landscape surrounding the Flying Spur, an extraordinary attention on the detail has been set on the car itself. The Flying Spur is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that can produce up to 626 bhp and 820 Nm of torque. With this kind of powertrain, the Bentley Flying Spur can achieve a top speed of 202 mph, exceeding the expected maximum pace of 200 mph for four-door Bentley saloons.

The Flying Spur has an athletic kick to it due to its muscular lines and dominant frame. Moreover, it comes with LED daytime running lights, some subtle black ware elements and alloy wheels which all complement with the leather stitching on its interior enhancing its luxurious character.

Press Release


Bentley Motors today unveils its ground-breaking new Gigapixel photograph – one of the world’s most detailed landscape images.

At the heart of the photograph sits a Bentley Flying Spur W12 S in the luxury marina of Dubai – the world’s fastest-growing city. Zoom out, and the groundbreaking NASA-derived technology of the Gigapixel image allows you to explore and experience the city panorama in intricate detail, while beyond it the curvature of the earth is visible.

Zoom in and the image will take you in sharp focus, through the landscape, right up to the instantly recognisable bonnet badge of the Flying Spur. The extraordinary new Gigapixel image is testament to Bentley’s renowned attention to detail.

With the new Gigapixel image, viewers can also explore the Flying Spur W12 S inside and out with a 360-degree film narrated by John Paul Gregory, Bentley’s Head of Exterior Design. Gregory talks to the audience from inside the car; the stunning Bentley Suite in the The St. Regis Dubai; and the new flagship Bentley retailer on the famous Sheikh Zayed road.

The stunning photograph rewards the discerning eye with an intense exploration both of Dubai and Bentley.

Every Picture Tells a Story – Extraordinary Craftsmanship

The same attention to detail that is applied to the 130 man-hours it takes to build each Flying Spur went into creating the extraordinary Gigapixel image.

Bentley suspended a camera 264 metres up the Cayan Tower – one of Dubai’s tallest buildings – to capture what is the world’s most detailed landscape image. The innovative technology used had to withstand 40-degree heat that created a haze and 25 km/h winds that threatened to disrupt stability.

An incredible 57.7 billion pixels were carefully stitched together to create a single image that also balanced light levels painstakingly across each pixel. The intricate process took 48 hours and 1,825 frames to create. Downloading the image took a further 18 hours.

Unrivalled Attention to Detail – the Flying Spur W12 S

At the heart of the unique Gigapixel photograph sits the Bentley Flying Spur W12 S. Like the image that surrounds it, the flagship of the Flying Spur range is full of extraordinary attention to the most intricate detail and hidden delights.

The Flying Spur W12 S features enhanced power and torque outputs from the mighty 6.0-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine. Through precise calibration and tuning, engine power is increased from 625 PS to 635 PS (626 bhp) and torque from 800 Nm to 820 Nm (605 lb. ft.) for a dynamic and effortless drive.

This increase in power means that the Flying Spur W12 S achieves a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph) – the first four-door Bentley to exceed the 200 mph performance barrier.

Complementing these power upgrades, a new responsive suspension tune for the Flying Spur W12 S improves handling and provides even more traction, while retaining a refined ride.

Bentley’s design team has created an athletic character that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance. Sharp feature lines complement muscular rear haunches, while LED daytime running lights, subtle blackware elements and a choice of stylish alloy wheels afford the Flying Spur W12 S a modern, contemporary feel.

From new gloss-black detailing on the bodywork, to the unique leather stitching, the new exterior and interior styling reflects the more assertive, darker character of the Flying Spur W12 S.

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