If you’re familiar with the Rolls-Royce brand, you probably already know that their ‘Black Badge‘ models are meant to emphasize on the sportier side of things, for those looking for the ultimate luxury as well as a thrill behind the wheel. Now the Black Badge series got an even more enhanced version for just 70 lucky cars and prospective owners, in the shape of the Adamas Collection, unveiled today by the British brand.
Drawing inspiration from the name, meaning ‘untameable’, ‘invincible’ and also ‘diamond’, the Collection celebrates the darker side of contemporary craftsmanship, infusing carbon structures into just 40 Black Badge Wraiths and 30 Black Badge Dawns. One of the features you’ll only find on these cars is the carbon fiber Spirit of Ecstasy emblem on top of the Pantheon grille up front, meeting you when you first make eye contact.
The figure is engineered from 294 layers of aerospace grade carbon fiber, which takes 68 hours to produce with a technical weave angle of precisely 25 degrees. She resides on a specially created titanium base, vapor blasted to adopt a darkened aesthetic, bearing the words ‘BLACK BADGE ADAMAS’, and the infinity logo. The exterior of the cars is done in the same theme as the original colors of the first iteration of Rolls-Royce Black Badge.
The mandarin orange interior for Dawn and Cobalto Blue interior for Wraith have spread to the exterior; darkened versions of these hues envelop the body in a hypnotic Aphrodite Red over Black and Morpheus Blue over Black two-tone respectively. These are the first two-tone Black Badge cars. Patrons are able to specify their chosen Adamas in either colorway. Below, black grille vanes are added to the already darkened grille surround of Black Badge, underlying the sinister, untameable nature of Adamas.
Stepping inside, one’s eye is drawn to the clock, encrusted with black diamonds. Harnessing the carbon structure in its most explicit form, 88 laboratory-grown diamonds form the Black Badge infinity symbol, providing a jewellery-like reminder of the restless spirits of the inhabitants of these motor cars. Mounted on a carbon fiber back-plate, the black diamonds are perfectly engineered to deliver exquisite clarity and color. The face of the clock is embellished with machined aluminum chaplets and a polished aluminum inner bezel.
Perhaps one of the most captivating expressions of technical craft is the interpretation of the diamond theme on the starlight headliner of Wraith Adamas. 1,340 individual fiber optic lights are configured as though forming the molecular structure of carbon as it becomes a diamond, presenting a motif reminiscent of a powerful spine running through the interior cabin. Available in either hue, coordinating perfectly with either color scheme, the starlight headliner for the first time incorporates graded shading, using varying tones of the chosen color palette to accentuate the subject.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce, commented, “Adamas is a Collection that fuses the extraordinary competence of our Bespoke craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, with the rebellious spirit of Black Badge. The result is a motor car for those who seek more than the definitive of engineered luxury conveyance. This is a motor car for the risk-taker who is not afraid to embrace a bold and progressive statement of true and modern luxury, in its darkest form.”