The Black Cuillin is a complete mountain range compacted into a remarkably small area on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, the Isle of Skye, where my parents spent many happy holidays over several decades. Although small, the Cuillin Ridge is a major challenge and mustn’t be underestimated.
When I set out to design and build my first car, I admit that I thought it would be easy! It wasn’t, and instead of being ready within the year it has taken 5 long years to bring the car into being. I saw a parallel with the Black Cuillin ridge that had defeated so many who had thought its small scale made it easy to conquer. The name stuck in my mind, and eventually I wrote the name out on a piece of paper to see how it looked on the boot of the car – and that scribble became the logo!
In homage to the 1930s cars that had most impressed me, both in the pages of many books and in the exhibition halls of Retromobile in Paris, February 2014, my design just had to have the long bonnet and swooping fenders! After many sketches, the proportions were decided and the design evolved slowly over the coming three years as it took in the need to fit over a modern chassis.
The interior needed to feel both traditional and modern at the same time, leading to the use of a plank style fascia with simple, high quality, circular air delivery vents paired with modern dials, air conditioning, hands free telephone and satellite navigation.
Power is delivered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine making 445PS@6000RPM which propels Black Cuillin from 0-60MPH in a respectable 5.4 seconds.
Black Cuillin enjoys a custom designed inboard suspension system, especially manufactured to allow the swooping design of the bodywork above, and which is absolutely necessary to visually separate the fenders from the engine compartment.
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Vehicle Type: Grand Touring Coupe
Engine: V12 6.0 litre
Transmission: Automatic 6 Speed
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
Top Speed: 155mph
Induction: Naturally Aspirated
CO2 Emissions: 330g/km
UK MPG: 13.8/29.1 urban/extra-urban
Front Track: 1705
Rear Track: 1705
Suspension: Double Wishbone + Coilovers
Modern Tech Underpins Vintage Styling in This Geneva Showstopper
here’s always one. A car that arrives at the Geneva Motor Show, completely unexpected that ends up being one of the star attractions. This year, that award goes to the Eadon Green Black Cuillin. A vintage design inspired by the elegant Grand Tourers of the 1930s, the Black Cuillin – named after a mountain range off the Scottish coast – is the brainchild of Felix Eaton. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 convertible, an achingly gorgeous drop top worth tens of millions of dollars, was the inspiration for the project. Felix couldn’t afford to buy one, so he decided to build his own.
Eadon Green Fuses Classic with Modern
One of the best things about the Geneva Motor Show is that it throws up the kind of car curiosities you rarely see at other global motorshows, like the Black Cuillin vision model, by UK start-up Eadon Green, for instance. With a whiff of Richard Branson in his looks – and a rockstar-style earring in the shape of a musical note in one ear – the man behind the one-off (for now) Black Cuillin concept is Felix Eaton – who used to run a retail shopfitting design business. Car Design News couldn’t resist finding out more. During our brief chat, we uncovered a man who loves his classic cars, had the good sense to get Concept Group International to help him build this one, and has a business mind to turn his dreams into reality.
Stunning Black Cuillin V12 Coupe By Newcomer Eadon Green
You are looking at a stunning Black Cuillin V12 Coupe – a British-built throwback to the cars of The Thirties. And not only that. This one was possibly the most mysterious to grace the floor of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show last month. Felix Eaton said that the Eadon Green Black Cuillin V12 Coupe is ready for production. If they spark enough interest at the Geneva Motor Show they could build a few examples, but those would be slightly different compared to the one from the show floor. See, Felix will use aluminum in the future. Now, keeping the things under wraps may be a good thing actually.People who will eventually buy a car need some degree of mystery surrounding their awesome car. And this one has enough mystery for five cars.