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Vertu Launch First Carbon Fibre Phone

23 September 2005

Vertu, manufacturer of handcrafted luxury phones, has introduced its latest limited edition model - the Vertu Ascent Motorsport - made from carbon fibre.

Crafted from Liquidmetal and petrol-resistant automotive leather, each handset is inlayed with carbon fibre as used on the Team Vertu Supercup racing car. Vertu asserts that it is the first company to use carbon fibre on mobile phones.

Vertu’s carbon fibre comes from the same manufacturer that supplies parts for F1 racing cars and imbues a twill weave to give it a combination of good mechanical performance and good looks.

However, only 997 phones will be manufactured and released globally. Each Ascent Motorsport is identifiable with its own unique number, ranging from 001 to 997, and laser-engraved into the back-casing.

Chris Harris, Global Sales and Marketing Director at Vertu explained the Team Vertu sponsorship in the Porsche Michelin Supercup saying: “Vertu’s growing association with Motorsport is borne out of the similarity in precision engineering and performance entities. The Vertu brand is about being crafted for performance, and the Team Vertu racing car, which inspired the new Vertu Ascent Motorsport, reflects both design and performance engineering.”

The company said that a 4x4 twill weave is chosen to give a combination of good mechanical performance with good looks. The starting material is a woven carbon mat combined with a resin called a pre-preg. A polished stainless steel tool is used to provide the high gloss finish, made possible by a hand lay-up of the pre-preg in the tool. Once polished, the part is vacuum bagged and placed in an autoclave for curing and then precision machined to shape, whereupon the metal surround detail is finally fitted.

The Vertu Ascent Motorsport Limited Edition series is now available in Vertu stores and selected retailers. The retail price is Euro 4,595 (local currency prices may differ).





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