The anniversary edition is only available on the Wraith and Dawn Black Badge models, limited to 60 pieces worldwide.
On November 19, 1937, Captain George Eyston climbed into a car to set a speed record on a large barren land in the Bonneville Salts Flats, Utah, USA. The car called Thunderbolt uses two Rolls-Royce R V12 Aero engines, shuttle-shaped with fins. He set a land speed record of 502 km/h. Almost a year later, he did it again, this time reaching a speed of 575 km/h. That record lasted until 1939, at the end of World War II.
Rolls-Royce produces only 19 types of aviation engines and Thunderbolt engines were formerly used in a seaplane and are now housed at the Royal Air Force Museum in London. The Thunderbolt vehicle itself was destroyed in 1946 when the vehicle storage building caught fire.
Eyston didn’t document the post-war record-setting scene, but Rolls-Royce is keen to revive his memory after more than 80 years with the LandSpeed Collection. Two special editions of the Wraith and Dawn, each featuring Black Badge features and unique details to honor Eyston’s records. However, the car is not equipped with the “huge” 37-liter V12 engine used in Thunderbolt, instead it is a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine.
Two Rolls-Royce models are painted in two tones, combining Diamond Metallic black with a special blue, called Bonneville Blue, dotted with a few yellow details. The British automaker says the Bonneville Blue paint color can transform in light from a pale blue to almost silver, illustrating the reflections of both the vast sky above the Bonneville and the crunchy grains of salt on the Thunderbolt’s aluminum body. Meanwhile, the remaining yellow-black represents the color array in Thunderbolt so the photovoltaic chronometer can verify land-based fine-tuning records.
The atmosphere at Bonneville is the main inspiration, as the dashboard and dashboard area is sculpted in wood veneer with a cracked texture representing the cracked, salt-filled ground of the Bonneville Salts Flats. Thunderbolt silhouettes and records are engraved on the polished anode aluminum surface of the center console, and the contours of the Silver Island Mountains – home to the Bonneville skyline – are engraved between the two seats. after.
Inside the mechanical watch often found on Rolls-Royce, finished in three nested tones like the exterior, but engraved with the number “357,477 mph”, representing a record speed of 575.335 km/h.
The Starlight Headliner in Wraith simulates the night sky over Bonneville for which Eyston set the final record. The company used 2,117 individually ordered fiber optic stars, which is the largest number of stars on a Rolls-Royce Wraith ever.
Customers can find a detail reminiscent of the three medals awarded to Eyston, delicately located on the driver’s side door, sewn and woven in Grosgrain silk fabric and colored to match the ribbon. decorations on medals. In addition, the center armrest has extra quilted leather to provide the best experience when sitting in an armchair, like Eyston’s favorite driver’s seat.
Rolls-Royce produces only 19 types of aviation engines and Thunderbolt engines were formerly used in a seaplane and are now housed at the Royal Air Force Museum in London. The Thunderbolt vehicle itself was destroyed in 1946 when the storage building caught fire.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “The collection, including the Wraith and Dawn Black Badge, honors someone with a pioneering, brave, fearless spirit. His name is Captain George Eyston, a Cambridge graduate, a racer, a gifted inventor and a technical genius.With this collection we have revived the memory of Eyston and narrates his remarkable story.Throughout Wraith and Dawn Landspeed, customers will find many subtle design elements and narrative details reminiscent of incredible achievements, grand visions. his exceptional greatness and courage”.
Rolls-Royce plans to produce only 60 units, including 35 units of the Wraith Black Badge Landspeed version and 25 units of the Dawn Black Badge Landspeed. The selling price has not been disclosed.