Friday, March 3, 2017
Rolls-Royce Produces a Special One-Off Car
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled a new luxury car, crafted for one very special customer: St. Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit in Rolls-Royce’s home town of Chichester, West Sussex.
The appropriately-named Rolls-Royce SRH will allow children awaiting surgery to drive themselves to the operating theater, through the Pediatric Unit corridors which are lined with ‘traffic signs’. The experience of ‘self-drive to theater’ aims to reduce child patient stress.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars welcomed two test drivers from the Pediatric Unit at St. Richard’s Hospital, Molly Matthews and Hari Rajyaguru, to the Home of Rolls-Royce. Molly and Hari viewed the car being unveiled in style at the company’s Goodwood Studio in the same manner for all Rolls-Royce VIP customers. This exclusive event served as final validation and pre-delivery inspection of the Rolls-Royce SRH ahead of the official handover to the patients, their families and the devoted day surgery team at St Richard’s Hospital.
In true Rolls-Royce style, the two children and their families enjoyed VIP hospitality with one notable addition to the usual customer experience. Molly and Hari both enjoyed first drives on the Rolls-Royce production line, an exceptionally rare privilege usually reserved for the brand’s Chief Executive during the validation process for new model families, most recently, the Phantom 8. Molly, Hari and their families returned home in the chauffeured luxury of Rolls-Royce Ghosts.
Created from the ground-up by the dedicated Bespoke Manufacturing team, the Rolls-Royce SRH has a two-tone paint scheme of Andalusian White and Salamanca Blue. It’s finished with a hand-applied St. James Red coach line.
The interior space is appointed with the same attention-to-detail afforded to every Rolls-Royce patron, with the two-tone steering wheel, seats, and self-righting wheel centers perfectly color-matched to the St James Red coach line. A top speed of 10 mph (16 km/h) is achieved in seconds courtesy of power derived from a 24 volt gel battery. For those preferring a more sedate journey, the speed setting is variable.
The Bespoke Manufacturing team devoted over 400 hours of their own time to developing and hand-crafting this most extraordinary Rolls-Royce. In addition to developing competency in new chassis and electronic technologies, the project team also utilized 3D printing techniques for the design. This included production of the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy and the bespoke paddle controls.