Not long ago, Rolls-Royce unveiled the Wraith Luminary Collection, with only 55 to be made and sold to interested ‘patrons’. This model was meant to show off the capabilities of the Bespoke division in Goodwood, the guys responsible for bringing to life the most interesting and unique combinations for those interested in the Spirit of Ecstasy. As Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke Designer, Matthew Danton will explain in the video below, this marks a milestone.
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The cars are fitted with a first for the industry, as the dash is decorated using illuminated open pore wood, something that is truly a rare sight to behold. The Collection’s defining feature, Tudor Oak wood, sourced from the forests of the Czech Republic, selected for its depth of color and the density of the grain structure, is for the first time, illuminated. The light of 176 LEDs permeates through an intricately perforated design in the unique Tudor Oak veneer, allowing a mesmerizing pattern, reminiscent of the trailing light of a shooting star, to be observed.
Since we are talking about the Luminary collection here, light is of the foremost importance and the traditional roof upholstery is now decorated in a special way, featuring shooting stars. The prized Rolls-Royce starlight headliner, a handwoven configuration of 1340 fibre optic lights which act as a glittering night sky, takes a bold new step as it incorporates shooting stars into the constellation. Taking nearly 20 hours to configure, eight shooting stars fire at random, predominantly over the front seats, in recognition of Wraith’s owner-driver appeal.
Furthermore, stainless steel hand-woven fabric is now incorporated into the cabin. The application of hand-woven stainless steel fabric, an innovative new technique in luxury craft, is appointed to the central transmission tunnel and door panniers, contrasting the Tudor Oak wood and Saddlery Tan leather. Incorporating strands which are 0.08mm – 0.19mm in diameter, this technical fiber is woven in a pattern oriented at precisely 45 degrees, to complement the lines of the interior and provide a uniform appearance throughout the passenger compartment when viewed from either side.
Taking three days to produce in a ‘clean room’ environment, the fabric is manipulated to cloak the center console, modified from use in an industrial environment to create a finish befitting the interior of a Rolls-Royce motor car, refracting the light of the unique illuminated paneling in the doors. While every single element listed here sounds amazing on its own, when looking at the finished product you understand why the double-R emblem is one of the most desirable in the world.