Bentley Creates 53 Billion-Pixel Image to Show Off New Car

Golden Gate Bridge

( What do Mars and the new Bentley Mulsanne Sedan have in common? They?ve both been packed by some of the world?s highest resolution cameras.

Why I hear you ask? Because Bentley has decided to use a camera with technology from NASA?s Mars Rover to photograph its new luxury saloon crossing California?s Golden Gate Bridge from 700 metres away. Still confused? Stay with me.

The final image, taken by ex-Autocar snapper Simon Stock, is so data heavy that it takes four hours to download and save on your average laptop. It features 53-billion pixels and is made using hundreds of high-resolution images and stitching them together to create one image. This picture is so large that if it were printed in Autocar in its full glory, the magazine page would have to be the size of a football pitch. Good luck squeezing that through your letterbox.

Did you know, for example, that the champagne glasses, housed in a beautifully finished case between the rear passengers, are made from hand blown glass and feature the design of the original 2011 Mulsanne?s wheels on their base? Or that Bentley worked tirelessly to allow the perfect level of noise from the car?s 6.75-litre V8 to penetrate into the cabin so passengers can feel relaxed but always aware of the potent powerhouse that lives up front?

The rear of the cabin features handcrafted veneer, metal, glass and leather, all hand fitted and stitched, and even the ashtrays in the doors feel like a product of quality. The rear seats can be adjusted in so many ways that you can be held in anything from a bolt upright office position to almost laying flat.

And then there?s the vast amount of customisation buyers can specify with their cars. No two cars are likely to be the same.

Of course, this level of detail and exclusivity comes at a price: 275,000. But if you?ve got the money, you just would, wouldn?t you?

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About Chris Hills CPP, CRMP

An entrepreneur with experience starting companies in the IP security video market. Chris started D3data a megapixel security video management software company. Chris sold D3data to Motorola in 2005 and became CEO of Mosaic Global Solutions, a megapixel security camera company.