Rolls-Royce Celebrates Speed With Special Landspeed Editions
Rolls-Royce is rolling out a special collection of Wraiths and Dawns to honor its landspeed heritage.
While the company is directly responsible for powerful and luxurious machines, its aerospace arm indirectly helped legendary landspeed racers like George Eyston reset records. Celebrating those efforts, namely those of Eyston and his Thunderbolt, Rolls-Royce is rolling out a special collection of Wraiths and Dawns to honor its landspeed heritage.
35 Wraith Black Badge cars and 25 Dawn Black Badge cars will be built for that purpose.
And while the new cars honor the company’s high-performance history, these examples don’t show any uptick in performance over the rest of their respective lines. Instead, they are luxurious, rolling history lessons.
For example, the folks at Rolls-Royce have turned the Wraith’s starlight headliner into the night sky, but with a twist: This night’s sky is how it would have looked at the Bonneville Salt Flats on September 16, 1938. That alone is an incredible detail.
All 60 cars carry even more details celebrating landspeed racing and Eyston’s life. The steering wheel features a perforated, textured section at the top mean to acknowledge the Bonneville Salt Flat’s rough surface. This detail is carried over into the driver’s seat. There is also an outline of the Silver Island mountains between the rear seats, fissures traced and the surface of the salt flats put onto the center console cover. Silk accents also decorate the driver’s door panel to emulate the ribbons from Eyston’s medals.
If you want a landspeed edition Rolls-Royces, well, you’re late. All 60 are spoken for. It might be unfortunate that we all can’t enjoy these incredible special editions Rolls-Royce cars, but if everyone could, it wouldn’t be a special edition.
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