Land Rovers Special Vehicle Operations division has released a special edition of Range Rover Astronaut Edition, which will only be available to people who have registered to fly into space with Virgin Galactic.

The Astronaut Edition is based on the Range Rover autobiography developed by SVO, with a number of unique interior and exterior design elements.

It is part of an ongoing collaboration between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, which aims to begin offering commercial spaceflight using its SpaceShipTwo vehicle. So far, some 600 people have registered as Future astronauts by booking a flight.

Exterior changes include an exclusive Zero Gravity Blue paintwork, a custom puddle lamp design and the Astronaut Edition badge on the rear and side of the car.

On the inside, the carbon-fibre centre console lid and rear armrest and the engraved aluminium door handles bear the legend “DNA of flight”.

Most notable are two discs inside the cup holders, which have been manufactured from the landing pad of the Virgin Spaceship Unity that flew last year. One of the discs includes a quote from Virgins boss, Richard Branson, and the other shows the details of the flight. Once a buyer has flown into space on a Virgin Galactic flight, the disks will be replaced with part of the wooden skid of the ship in which they flew.

The Range Rover Astronaut Edition will be offered with a range of Land Rover engines, including the 398PS p400e plug-in hybrid and the 5.5-litre 518PS P525 supercharged petrol engine.

The prices of the Astronaut Edition have not been disclosed. Range Rovers autobiography starts at £103,130, while a booking for a 90-minute Virgin Galactic flight costs around £190,000.

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