Rolls-Royce recently came out with Black Badge versions of the Ghost and Wraith and these are described as being the “most extreme” editions ever. To celebrate the new arrivals, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London has decided to detail some of the company’s other extremes.
One wealthy individual is about to take delivery of no less than three Dawn convertibles. It will happen in June this year and it’s going to be the first time when Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London will deliver three cars at once.
Another fact labeled as being “extreme” is a very specific color scheme selected by a customer: a red exterior with a bubblegum pink interior. In order to make sure Rolls-Royce got it right, he even brought a T-shirt depicting the colors he wanted on his car.
Rolls-Royce describes the process of car delivery as a “special occasion” that takes about three hours on average. During this time, the owner goes through every aspect of his new prized possession and at the end gets a special gift specific to his car. Since we’re on the subject of delivery, it takes about five hours to prepare the car for its first encounter with the anxious customer.
The painting process spans over a total of seven days during which five layers of paint are applied. It’s the only part of manufacturing where robots are involved, as the rest of the car is made by hand. Those five layers are the result of using more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of paint which on the hard-to-reach areas is applied manually.
As for the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy, the mechanism necessary to move it up and down consists of 24 unseen linkages and bearings. A lot of work also goes into setting up the 1,300-watt, 18-speaker bespoke sound system which is so “exhaustively tuned” that an interior designer needs permission from an engineer who created it before making any modifications to the cabin’s design.
One of the most popular options offered by Rolls-Royce is the exquisite “Starlight Headliner” which consists of 1,340 individually hand-woven fiber optics totaling 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) of cabling. If that’s not impressive, you can even ask RR to create a specific constellation that will be verified by a local observatory to make sure it’s accurate.
The youngest driver to buy a car from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London was 21 and he ordered a one-off Rolls-Royce Wraith Inspired by Film that came out about a year ago. You’d think he was the youngest RR customer in the world, but that’s not the case as there was a kid from Taiwan who ordered a Phantom when he was only 12.
The Black Badge Edition will be on display starting July at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London where the most prolific salesman has recorded recently his 1,000th sale.