Zai Bentley Supersport skis
It is time to e-mail in those last minute requests to Santa before he breaks camp on Christmas eve, because the British automaker Bentley has just come up with the Zai Bentley Supersport skis. Designed by their Styling Studio in Crewe, these carbon fiber composite skis are guaranteed to live up to the Bentley standard, as far as both performance and aesthetics are concerned. Not to mention that they would make the perfect accompaniment for your ice white Conntinental GT and are the best excuse ever to take the Bentley for this winter’s ski trip.
The skis are handmade and they are made from Zaiira, which is a special composite material that includes carbon fiber, chrome steel and rubber. The ski poles also demonstrate a new technology, ExoGrid, used solely for the first time in the Bentley skis. A unique combination of the materials titan and carbon fabric reduces weight and guarantees high stability, and is currently used for golf shafts. There are only 250 pairs available and they are priced at $9,800 for the set. So if you were a good little boy or girl this year, you might just find something special in the garage next to your Bentley.
Press release after the jump.
Bentley is proud to announce the launch of ‘one-of-a-kind’ zai for Bentley Supersport skis, handmade in Switzerland with collaboration from the Styling Studio in Crewe, the home of Bentley Motors.
The handmade skis, poles and ski bag have been designed exclusively for Bentley, with design input from Bentley’s own team. Most excitingly, unique and patented technology confirms the product range is truly ‘one-of-a-kind’. New materials deployed in the skis will be a world first.
The skis will be a limited edition of 250 numbered pairs. Zaiìra® is a novel composite material containing carbon fibres specially developed by zai in co-operation with a partner. Zaiìra® is used on the skis’ top layer in combination with natural rubber in the central part as well as carbon fabric in composition with chrome steel in the torsion part. Additionally, long carbon fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites (LFRTP) are being used in the zai for Bentley Supersport skis.
The ski poles also demonstrate a new technology, ExoGrid®, used solely for the first time in the Bentley skis. A unique combination of the materials titan and carbon fabric reduces weight and guarantees high stability, and is currently used for golf shafts. The ski bag is also custom-designed and custom-manufactured by zai.
Zai was formed in 2004, based in the Swiss village of Disentis. The high-end manufacturer of ski products, helmets and goggles, with a focus on hand built craftsmanship and the use of unique materials and patented technology.
Zai launched the world’s first and only skis containing a stone core, “zai Spada”, followed by ‘Hublot All Black by zai’ skis featuring a natural rubber top layer.
In 2008-9, the company sold 900 pairs of skis (’09 season) and this year is expecting to sell 1,000 pairs. About 20 per cent of all sales are direct from the factory with a focus on offering a factory tour, after sales service and insight into the production process.
The zai for Bentley ski range will be a limited quantity only, numbered 1/250.
The skis will be priced as follows:
The skis will be available to order in January 2010 and retailed via zai distributors.