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.