Bang & Olufsen have collaborated with two-time F1 World Champion and double 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Fernando Alonso, for a limited edition run of the Danish audio brand’s new Beoplay E8 Sport earphones and the iconic Beosound Edge home speaker. The partnership marks a celebration of Fernando Alonso’s pursuit to become the second driver in history to attain the legendary Triple Crown at this year’s Indy 500, and came natural as music is a big part of Fernando Alonso’s routine when preparing for a race as well as being a long-time fan of the brand.
“I have always used music as a training companion for maximum performance and when I mentally prepare for a race. Music helps me balance my frame of mind before getting into the car, whilst building adrenaline for the challenge ahead,” says Fernando Alonso and continues:
“I wanted to partner with an audio brand that shared my enduring passion and determination for excellence. I use Bang & Olufsen products in my everyday life from my toughest training, to preparing myself for a race and relaxing in the garden with friends – so I could think of no better partner to mark this occasion and to bring this limited edition to those who harness the power of music to achieve the goals they set their minds on.”.
66: Fernando Alonso Beoplay E8 Sport Earphones
The limited edition Fernando Alonso Beoplay E8 Sport earphones were designed to match the livery design of the No. 66 Arrow McLaren SP car, while the superb sound quality make them a perfect choice when a driver is preparing for a race: channelling energy and focus on the task at hand whilst providing the ultimate soundtrack to balance the nerves and building adrenaline.
Fernando Alonso Beoplay E8 Sport edition have been expertly tuned by renowned Bang & Olufsen engineers to make sure that the music will push you further and perform your best. They come with thoughtful design details such as a ridged gripped detail on the earphones to help adjustments when fingers are wet and sweaty, and to avoid unnecessary stopping or distraction while running, the earphones can switch between tracks, take calls and activate Transparency Mode all with a simple tap or swipe of the finger.
Beoplay E8 Sport has an IP57 certification that protects them totally from dust, sweat and water intrusion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It comes with a variety of five removable ear tips and three fins for the perfect fit, so you can focus on your workout with no loss of sound clarity and total security. Bluetooth 5.1, AAC and aptX codecs ensure perfect connectivity and sound reproduction on all iOS and Android devices.
The earphones come in a black wireless charging case designed with performance driven materials such as rubber and textured silicone, and a sleek aluminium inlay with the official Alonso logo. Each earphone boasts a green anodized aluminium ring that mark the touch controls and bears Bang & Olufsen’s logo on one earphone and Fernando Alonso’s signature on the other.
The collaboration is limited to an edition of only 66 units – 66 being Fernando Alonso’s car number in the Indy 500 race this year.
14: Fernando Alonso Beosound Edge Home Speaker
The Beosound Edge home speaker has been widely recognized as a speaker that completely reimagines how people live with music. Designed in collaboration with globally acclaimed designer, Michael Anastassiades, Beosound Edge sports a ground-breaking acoustical technology named Active Bass Port. The acoustic analogy resembles that of a car’s spoiler that automatically raises as the car speeds up. When playing at lower volumes, it is using the closed cabinet principle for the most accurate sound reproduction, and as you turn up the volume the Active Bass Port opens to output more energized bass. To deliver impressive bass capabilities, the Bang & Olufsen acoustic engineers have put in a huge 10” woofer bass driver on one side, which has an innovatively slim design and long excursion, while both sides of the speaker enjoy a dedicated 4” midrange and a ¾” tweeter.
The Fernando Alonso Beosound Edge home speaker allows for two placement options: on the floor as a stunning centrepiece, amplifying and blending in with the colours of the furniture standing next to it, or placed on the wall as a true gravity-defying statement that divides spaces in the home. Proximity sensors detect when you get close to the speaker, discreetly illuminating the aluminium touch interface. Adjusting the sound is as magical as the sound coming from it: you gently roll the speaker forwards and backwards to increase and decrease the volume. Softly to change the volume moderately, while a stronger touch will change it more dramatically. Let go, and it gently rolls back to its original position.
The limited Fernando Alonso Beosound Edge home speaker comes with Fernando Alonso’s signature on top of the speaker right above the Bang & Olufsen logo and the official Alonso logo on the matt black fabric cover.
The collaboration is limited to an edition of only 14 speakers – Fernando Alonso’s lucky number and the number of his Formula One car.
Pricing and availability
Fernando Alonso Beoplay E8 Sport Edition earphones (RRP 400 EUR / 350 GBP / 400 USD), complete with a premium wireless charging case, five ear tips, three ear fins and a USB-C charging cable, and Fernando Alonso Beosound Edge (RRP 3,600 EUR / 3,200 GBP / 3,800 USD) will be available mid-September 2020. Consumers can sign up on www.bang-olufsen.com , www.fernandoalonso.com and www.museoycircuitofernandoalonso.com already today. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen and @fernandoalo_oficial using #FernandoAlonsoxBangOlufsen