ROLLS-ROYCE TO SHOWCASE COMPLETE PORTFOLIO OF MOTOR CARS FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 2018 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will showcase its remarkable portfolio of
highly bespoke motor cars in full for the first time in history. In
addition to Cullinan, the Rolls-Royce of SUVs, the brand will present
extremely rare expressions of Dawn, Wraith, Ghost and its flagship,
Phantom, alongside a photography exhibition in a highly curated space
on the Laundry Green adjacent to Goodwood House.
CullinanThe most anticipated motor car of 2018
will, for the first time, be publicly seen at this year’s Festival of
Speed. An Arctic White Cullinan will stand centre stage on the
Rolls-Royce stand trimmed with a finest Arctic White leather interior
accented with Turchese highlights and meticulously crafted Silver
Birch veneer. In addition, a Magma Red Cullinan will be driven in the
First Glance parade.
In stark contrast to these pristine motor cars, two prototype
Cullinans have returned from their punishing global programme to
further prove their durability by assisting stricken vehicles on the
hill climb course. Both have been adapted to comply with FIA
regulations and, for the Festival of Speed only, include roof-mounted
light bars, heavy duty tow functions and ‘straight tow’ equipment
allowing them to pull-start vintage vehicles.
Visitors may wish to examine these very special Cullinans,
recognisable by their pre-production camouflage, as they still carry
traces of sand from their recent journey through the Arabian Desert
and salt from high-speed off-road testing at the Bonneville Salt
Flats. Despite a concerted effort from the marque’s rigorous Test and
Analysis collective to take Cullinan beyond what was thought possible
through its gruelling testing programme, the cars returned home still
Phantom Gentleman’s TourerRepresenting the
brand’s pinnacle motor car is a highly Bespoke Phantom, dubbed the
‘Gentleman’s Tourer’ by its commissioning patron. This standard
wheelbase Phantom pursues an aesthetic and configuration tailored to
trans-continental Grand Touring with friends. It is finished in a
striking and highly Bespoke Iced Gunmetal exterior paint; a finish
developed specifically for this customer to appeal to his interest in
high performance aircraft. The wheel centres of the 22 inch alloy
wheels are also accented in Iced Gunmetal, another first use of this
process on a wheel.
The interior of the ‘Gentleman’s Tourer’ is a masculine,
operational space, bespoked for the purpose of long, luxurious
journeys. Tones of Black, Selby Grey and Anthracite leathers are
artfully blended by Goodwood’s craftspeople with details such as the
embossed Spirit of Ecstasy in each door panel and the silver pinstripe
across the Piano Black veneer.
One final feature confirms the technical modernity of this motor
car – the Cascade Steel Gallery is finished in Ruthenium, a precious
metal from the Platinum group. Compared to Gold, less than one
per-cent of this metal is mined making it extremely rare.
Dawn Black Badge AdamasThe Bespoke Collective
of the House of Rolls-Royce has conceived a darker iteration of Black
Badge Dawn named Adamas. Drawing inspiration from the name, meaning
‘untameable’, ‘invincible’ and also ‘diamond’, the Collective
celebrated the darker side of contemporary craftsmanship, expertly
weaving a dark aesthetic of unbreakable carbon structures into just 30
Black Badge Dawns.
Making its public debut, visitors will be drawn to the Spirit of
Ecstasy which, for the first time in history, finds itself formed in
machined carbon fibre. The entrancing figure is engineered from 294
layers of aerospace grade carbon fibre, a process that takes 68 hours
to produce with a technical weave angle of precisely 25 degrees. She
confidently resides on a specially created titanium base, vapour
blasted to adopt a darkened aesthetic, bearing the words ‘BLACK BADGE
ADAMAS’, and the infinity logo.
88 laboratory-grown diamonds form the Black Badge infinity
symbol and encrust the dashboard clock. As a final touch, when one
enters or alights from the atmospheric cabin of Adamas, illuminated
tread plates read ‘Black Badge Dawn Adamas – One of Thirty’, reminding
the occupant of the power and rarity of this Collection.
Silver GhostOne motor car changed the course of
automotive history. During the 2018 Festival of Speed, the legend will
be re-told as Rolls-Royce proudly displays one of a collection of 35
Rolls-Royce Ghosts, created in homage to the original Silver Ghost’s achievements.
References extoling the past are skillfully hand-crafted into
Silver Ghost’s interior and exterior, beginning with a solid
sterling-silver Spirit of Ecstasy shrouded in a black-gold-plated
collar. Cassiopeia Silver, a complex Bespoke silver paint, bathes the
exterior of Ghost in a hue that echoes the silver paint of the
original motor car. A Bespoke hand-painted coachline is imbued with
fine particles of 100% pure silver, adding to the provenance of this collection.
On opening the coach doors, accents of a specially created
‘Forest Green’ leather provide a nod to the original 1907 car’s
interior colour scheme. A newly designed silver tipped leather makes
its Rolls-Royce debut, being incorporated onto the front and rear door
panniers. Additionally, a silver onlay has been set into the open pore
wood of the fascia and door cappings, flanking a solid silver ingot,
hallmarked to reflect this motor car’s great lineage.
Wraith LuminaryIn a bold expression of dynamic
luxury, Rolls-Royce will debut the Wraith Luminary Collection.
Visitors will be met by a flat grey paint that enlivens when awoken by
the sun, which reflects rich copper particles sensitively incorporated
into the base coat. Further intrigue is added by a hand-painted
Sunburst Motif coachline, hand-painted Wake Channel Lines on Wraith’s
bonnet and pinstripes applied to the wheel centres, each in Saddlery
Tan, bearing reference to the colourway of the interior leather.
On opening the coach doors, guests can survey the Collection’s
defining feature – illuminated Tudor Oak wood. The light of 176 LEDs
permeates through an intricately perforated design in the unique
Canadel door panelling, allowing a mesmerising pattern, reminiscent of
the trailing light of a shooting star, to luminesce at the touch of a
button. Linked to the controls of the starlight headliner, the cabin’s
veneer surrounds Wraith’s occupants in an ambient glow of light.
Continuing this theme, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective has
brought further theatre to the cabin of Luminary in the form of
brilliant shooting stars. The prized Rolls-Royce starlight headliner,
a handwoven configuration of 1340 fibre optic lights which act as a
glittering night sky, takes a bold new step as it incorporates
shooting stars into the constellation; a playful display of light that
creates wonderment and awe for the car’s passengers.
Leica Cameras ‘Crafting Cullinan’ exhibitionThe
extraordinary hand-craftsmanship applied to the new Rolls-Royce
Cullinan will be the subject of an exhibition of images captured by
distinguished portrait photographer, Cat Garcia. Previewed during
London Craft Week and showcased publicly for the first time at the
2018 Festival of Speed, the images will take viewers inside the Home
of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, revealing the meticulous
artistry lavished on Cullinan. The images, captured exclusively on the
camera brand’s flagship Leica SL, show the men and women who can
proudly claim that their hands built the marque’s remarkable SUV.
Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge in the Supercar
RunA visceral demonstration of the most urgent
expression of the marque, a Dawn Black Badge will ascend the storied
hill climb course at Goodwood during the Festival’s Supercar Run. It
will be driven by a House Driver from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Black
Gloves Programme; a bespoke driving curriculum for Black Badge patrons
who wish to exploit the full dynamic potential of their motor car.
Rolls-Royce Phantom as Course Director’s carThe
Course Director’s car at the Festival of Speed is recognised as the
vehicle that carries dignitaries, celebrities and media guests
throughout the event. Naturally, a Phantom Extended Wheelbase was
selected. In celebration of the Festival of Speed’s Silver Jubilee,
the motor car is finished in Jubilee Silver.
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