The sustainable project of the custom and high-end Type 10.
Why put more wheels in the world if we can improve what already exists?
The automotive market has definitely been looking to adapt new cars to a world with an urgent need for sustainability. Electric or hybrid engines are increasingly more common, and the choice for natural materials is also growing, along with green initiatives.
“Spectre is so named because we give our cars a second life. Often, we are starting with a vehicle that is many decades old and has already been part of the lives of multiple owners and families. The new powerplant is rescued from a scrapped vehicle, rebuilt, and then reinvigorated for more exciting duties.” Creative Director Marco Lii told us in an exclusive chat.
Most of the big automakers promise to make significant advances for the good of the planet in the coming years, as we could see at the COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference). In fact, these changes are an important step, but another sustainable solution is to breathe new life into existing cars, as Canadian Spectre Vehicle Design does.
And that part of their work definitely makes every Spectre creation bespoke and really special. It all starts with the search for local chassis with history, and from that, the team joins the client to find out what combination of materials, colors, and details will create a unique personality.
Speaking of materials and the importance of maintaining ethics in this process, Type 10 has a team of local craftsmen doing flawless upholstery leatherwork, which is also the result of a solid partnership with responsible suppliers such as Hyde's Leather.
Derek Friesen, Ocean Wong, Billy Chan, Adam Trinder, Trent Shumay, and Michael Hogg are masters in their respective fields, making not only Mini's engineering iconic but the entire exterior and interior design as well.
“In these ways, we engage in circular production whenever possible and upcycle things that other people might see as being at the end of their road. We respect the history of where the cars come from and seek to preserve that legacy," Lii commented.
Long live to green, conscious, and one-of-a-kind automotive design.
You can check out each chapter of the Type 10 project in the first part of this chat here.