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Rolls-Royce in Chichester
... News from Goodwood 2013

1 January 2013
Rolls-Royce   Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today celebrates 10 Years of Excellence. On 1 January 2003 the Home of Rolls-Royce officially opened for business and the first car was presented to its delighted customer at one minute past midnight.

Described at the time as 'the last great adventure in automotive history', production of Phantom was initially one car per day, rising to three by the end of 2003. Today, with a product range spanning two model families (Phantom and Ghost) and six models, the company's craftsmen and women hand-build up to 20 cars each day. In 2011, Rolls-Royce celebrated a second consecutive sales record and the best result in the company's then 107-year history.

The response to the company's portfolio from customers, media and enthusiasts has been overwhelmingly positive throughout the company's first ten years of business. Each new model has been warmly welcomed and attracted worldwide acclaim, with the cars winning many design and luxury awards.

Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

The company's growing dealer network provides the same unique and effortless customer ownership experience across the world, with superlative customer service offered as standard.

Starting with a workforce of less than 400, there are now more than 1400 people employed at the Goodwood-based manufacturing plant and head office. More than 100 new positions were created in 2012 alone. The company has invested heavily in future talent, with thriving apprenticeship, graduate and intern programmes. More than 80% of employees live locally (within 15 miles) and staff turnover is one of the lowest in the manufacturing industry.

The company makes a significant positive economic impact to the local area and, with more than 90% of cars exported, to the British economy. Investment has also extended to the site, with a major new extension to the manufacturing area currently nearing completion. This is to help the company meet further growth in worldwide sales and satisfy demand for highly personalised Ghost and Phantom models.

5 March 2013
Rolls-Royce Wraith
Wraith interior   Wraith interior
Photos: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
  • Elegant fastback design hints at dynamic prowess of the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever: 624 bhp/465 kW, 800 Nm from 1,500 rpm : 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (0-62 in 4.6)
  • Debut of Satellite Aided Transmission. A technology that uses GPS mapping data to ensure the correct gear is always pre-selected for the road terrain ahead
  • Voice activated connectivity augments effortlessness - the 'on-board valet'
  • Canadel Panelling sweeps through a sumptuous, contemporary and yacht-like interior cabin

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents the world debut of Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship, but the new model from the world's pinnacle super-luxury marque also presents a unique character defined by power, style and drama. With just a hint of the noir.

"quotToday we launch the ultimate gentlemen's gran turismo, a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls, "commented Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "The most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense of adventure and speed that drove our founding forefather. But of course, Wraith's starting point is luxury, refinement and quality, traits that remain as important to Rolls-Royce customers today as they were more than a century ago."

Rolls-Royce Chairman and BMW Group board member Harald Krüger added the following: "The BMW Group today reconfirms its full commitment to the future of Rolls-Royce. Growth and a prosperous future lie ahead thanks to continued investment, careful brand stewardship and the launch of groundbreaking new models like Rolls-Royce Wraith, a magnificent addition to the product range."

In profile, Wraith's sweeping fastback design gives the car its unique character. Bold lines, tension in the panels and a raked rear screen evoke the image of a world class athlete poised in the starting blocks. Further expression of dynamic intent can be seen in Wraith's deeply recessed grille, wide rear track and dramatic two-tone presentation.

Coach doors open to reveal a sumptuous interior complete with softest Phantom-grade leathers and expanses of wood called Canadel Panelling. Named after the famous cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design and engineering teams spent their winters, this contemporary and tactile finish sweeps through the interior, cosseting four occupants in a space bathed in light and warmth.

The interior ambiance is complemented by Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature available beyond Phantom family cars for the first time. 1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky.

Performance delivers on the promise of Wraith's styling. Power delivery is effortless, but dramatic, thanks to a V12 engine married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. 624 bhp / 465kW is available to the driver while the 0-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds, compared with 563 bhp / 420kW and 0-60 in 4.7 seconds for Ghost.

From 1,500 rpm 800 Nm of torque is available (780 Nm for Ghost), while a wide rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower roof height further contribute to the most powerful, involving driving experience of any Rolls-Royce in history. The car's suspension has also been tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.

However, Wraith is no GT bruiser. Agility improvements have been achieved with absolutely no compromise to the sensation of riding on a bed of air. Furthermore, the debut of Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) technology takes the powertrain to a new level of effortless delivery, one that perfectly suits the Rolls-Royce brand.

Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS data to see beyond what the driver sees; it anticipates his next move based on location and current driving style, then selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead. Corners, motorway junctions and roundabouts are all anticipated in advance meaning Wraith is constantly poised to deliver on its promise of performance.

A more polished, effortless driving experience and even better response brings a new, more dynamic dimension to the famous Rolls-Royce trait, waftability.

For over a century a Rolls-Royce motor car has featured technologies designed to support occupants discreetly, delivering a peerless driving experience epitomised by the term 'effortlessness'. In every Rolls-Royce these assist the driver when called upon, but are prepared to return without fuss to the background when no longer required.

Advances in mechanical and electrical technology deliver systems like head-up display, adaptive headlights and Wraith's keyless opening boot. But improvements in connectivity have taken the human-machine interface to a new level of sophistication, a suite of aids that could be likened to a contemporary on-board valet.

Voice activation commands, for example, come with a one-touch call button located on the steering wheel. A destination no longer requires manual input from a navigation menu and route assistance begins immediately, on-screen and via audio guidance following a voice command such as "navigate to Piccadilly in London."

Additional improvements in communications come in the design and functionality of the elegant Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller. This allows navigation through on-screen functions using a touch pad that features pinch and pull functionality to echo smart phone usage. Letters can also be 'drawn' onto the pad by hand rather than by scrolling through a series of available characters on-screen.

In Europe, Wraith will be priced at c. €245k. Confirmation and further pricing details in all markets will be revealed later in the year.

First deliveries of Wraith will be made to customers in the final quarter of 2013.

22 April 2013
"Accept nothing nearly right or good enough." - Sir Henry Royce
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today commemorates eighty years since the death of one of the company’s founders, Sir Frederick Henry Royce.

Sir Henry died in his 70th year at his house, 'Elmstead' in West Wittering, West Sussex on 22 April 1933. The house is less than ten miles from the new Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Rolls-Royce celebrates Sir Henry, not only for his innovative thinking and acceptance of nothing less than the best, but also for his attention to precise detail and quality. Today his values and ethos continue to be practised every day at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, where quality is central at each stage of production and perfection is always striven for.

Speaking from a special memorial service held outside 'Elmstead', Mr Andrew Ball, Rolls-Royce Corporate Communications Manager, said, "Sir Henry was a modest genius who referred to himself simply as a 'mechanic'.

  Sir Henry Royce
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
He had a simple engineering philosophy - the pursuit of excellence - and one that the whole team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars strives for every day. Today we commemorate the death of Sir Henry but also celebrate an extraordinary life and a lasting legacy."

The life of Sir Henry Royce is celebrated in the first ever Rolls-Royce Motor Cars exhibition at the BMW Museum in Munich, which opened recently. The unique exhibition, entitled 'Strive for Perfection', celebrates the tenth year of the renaissance of the Rolls-Royce marque under BMW Group ownership. The displays tell the story of the world's leading super-luxury goods manufacturer in chronological detail; from the meeting of the company's founding fathers, Sir Henry Royce and the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls in 1904, through to the present day.

20 May 2013

Brown's Hotel   In May 1913, James Radley set off from Brown's Hotel in London's Mayfair for a famous motoring adventure - the 1913 Alpine Trial. A century later, the same Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost driven by this pioneer, aviator and adventurer has returned to Brown's Hotel, ready to depart for a re-enactment of the event.

Radley's account of his departure in 1913 reflects the spirit of those early days of motoring: "We must have a bottle to christen her. Here, John, just fetch a bottle of 'The Widow', will you? And there outside Brown's was duly christened, and a glass of champagne was poured into my radiator."

Forming the modern-day Rolls-Royce Works Team, Radley's car will join a contemporary pioneer, a 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Collection Rolls-Royce Ghost on a faithful re-enactment of the rally in June this year.

Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

But the Works Team won't be alone! More than forty Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts - many over a century old - will traverse over 1,800 miles of Alpine roads. The rally will start in Vienna on 14 June 2013, and will pass through Italy, Croatia and Slovenia before returning to Austria's capital for a special evening hosted by Margraf Pallavicini at his Palais, exactly 100 years to the day since the finale of the original Alpine Trial.

Taking in some of Europe's finest and most challenging mountain roads, the rally will meet with a group from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club at Riva Del Garda, Italy on Friday 21 June where 100 historic Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts will assemble for the largest gathering of its kind in history.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts' exceptional performance in the 1913 Alpine Trial saw it earn the moniker 'The Best Car in the World', cementing the marque's reputation for engineering excellence and impeachable reliability.

To celebrate this extraordinary moment in Rolls-Royce and automotive history, the Bespoke department at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England designed and crafted a 21st century homage.

Finished in an exterior hue that takes inspiration from the Radley car, the 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost features exquisitely crafted Bespoke touches that elegantly tell the story of the 1913 Trial.

The clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, whilst inlays to rear picnic tables and the front fascia express the topography and distances of the Alpine route.

A hand-painted coachline referencing the four Rolls-Royce motor cars that took part in the rally and headlining, colour-matched to the hood of Radley's car, completes a beautiful homage.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will release daily dispatches from the road across its social media channels during the rally.

4 July 2013

Ghost 1913   Ghost 2013
Photos: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

After 16 days and more than 1,800 miles, the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial has now drawn to a close. The sight of 47 magnificent Silver Ghosts wafting their way through the Alps, accompanied by the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 'Works Team', will live in the memories of those that saw the marvel at first hand for many years to come.

History was brought to life by the intrepid owners as they piloted their machines with consummate skill up challenging Alpine passes and across the borders of five countries, before emerging in Vienna just as the original competitors did exactly 100 years before. The 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial was also graced with British Royalty, Lords and Ladies, Ambassadors and participants from 12 countries as far flung as Australia and the United States.

"The Centenary Alpine Trial has clearly embraced the Spirit of Adventure that is synonymous with Rolls-Royce, and I applaud the participants for their resolve and determination," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO. "The 1913 Alpenfahrt led commentators to declare that Rolls-Royce built the 'Best Car in the World'. The 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial reinforced that message, and demonstrated that the Company continues to do so to this day."

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was presented with the Archduke Leopold Salvator trophy by the 20‑Ghost Club, in recognition of the spirit the Company had shown in supporting and actively participating in the Trial. The trophy, a precious claret jug, was one of the original awards presented to Rolls-Royce at the 1913 Alpenfahrt.

15 July 2013

Centenary Alpine Trial 'Works Team'   FAB1 Million project
Centenary Alpine Trial 'Works Team'. FAB1 Million project.
Photos: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Rolls-Royce celebrated a record Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend. Highlights included:

Wraith. The newest model in the leading super-luxury marque's stable dominated the famous Goodwood Hillclimb during the Supercar Run. The most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith completed the 1.16-mile course in under 60 seconds and reached 134 mph as the car accelerated past Goodwood House. Wraith was driven by Festival favourite, Justin Law.

Soapbox Challenge. The Rolls-Royce four-wheeled gravity racer, until recently on display at the Home of Rolls-Royce, successfully completed the course reaching a top speed of 72 mph. The racer was driven by Jamie Stephenson, a Rolls-Royce Analysis Engineer based at the manufacturing plant in Goodwood.

Centenary Alpine Trial 'Works Team'. Having successfully completed the 1800-mile Centenary Alpine Trial two weeks ago, Rolls-Royce was delighted to present the 'Works Team' that joined 47 Silver Ghosts - many over 100 years old - on this historic and challenging event. The original 1913 Radley Car and the new 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost travelled up the Hillclimb side by side each day to spontaneous applause from spectators stood along the length of the course.

FAB1. Headed by Chris Evans, the FAB1 Million project is set to raise £1 million in 2013 for Breast Cancer Care. The pink Bespoke Ghost Extended Wheelbase provided by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for the project was warmly welcomed by the crowds as it took to the Goodwood Hillclimb. Breast Cancer Care reported record donations for the project throughout the weekend.

Moving Motor Show. Following a record number of invited guests driving Rolls-Royce Phantoms and Ghosts during the Moving Motor Show, the exhibition stand welcomed thousands of visitors to view the new Rolls-Royce Wraith on static display throughout the weekend.

Course Car. The Course Director's car this year was a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, resplendent with race lights and Goodwood decals. The car was seen at speed between each Hillclimb Run throughout the weekend.

The Fleet. The largest fleet of Rolls-Royce motor cars ever seen in the UK wafted around the Goodwood area during the Festival of Speed, with invited guests being conveyed in luxury from the Home of Rolls-Royce on the south-eastern corner of the Goodwood Estate.

17 July 2013

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced the creation of more than 100 new jobs. This announcement follows record sales over the last three years, significant expansion of the manufacturing plant and the launch of the Company's latest model, Wraith. Half-year sales figures announced last week show that Rolls‑Royce is on track for another record year in 2013.

24 July 2013

The Silver Dawn
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

The Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today welcomes one of the oldest Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts in the world. The Silver Dawn has just returned from Europe, having successfully completed 1,800 miles on the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial, the oldest Silver Ghost to do so. Proudly wearing the 'Number 1' rally plaque, The Silver Dawn conquered treacherous and demanding conditions, including the infamous Stelvio and Loibl passes. This remarkable motor car is currently on display in the foyer of the company's Head Office at Goodwood, West Sussex.

The Silver Dawn was built in 1908, wears its original registration number and features original parts including chassis, engine, gearbox and front and rear axles. All major components are stamped 1908 and the engine even retains its original cast iron pistons. The car was restored to an impeccable standard by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' authorised dealer, P&A Wood.

The 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial celebrated a remarkable point in Rolls-Royce history. A century ago this June, four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts embarked on the Austrian Alpine Trials, the most arduous test of automotive endurance of the time. In performing without fault over 1,800 gruelling miles of near impassable mountain terrain, the Rolls-Royce Works Team and privateer entrant James Radley helped cement the marque's reputation for peerless reliability and mechanical excellence, a reputation the company proudly retains today. The Silver Ghosts' performance establishing Rolls-Royce as maker of the 'Best Car in the World'.

14 November 2013

FAB1 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to support the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club at this year's Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham, England. The Club's popular show stand will, for the first time, feature a unique Rolls-Royce Phantom spaceframe and cut-away V12 engine. The fabulous pink FAB1 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase will also be on display.

Rolls-Royce Phantom celebrates ten years of production in 2013, with the first car handed over to its new owner at one minute past midnight on 1 January 2003. Phantom is celebrated as a modern classic, combining timeless design with handcrafted luxury and innovative, leading-edge technology. The spaceframe and engine on display will allow visitors to the show to see 'under the skin' of this iconic motor car for the first time, and engineers from the manufacturing plant will be on hand to answer questions.

Andrew Ball, Corporate Communications Manager, said "We are delighted to support the Rolls‑Royce Enthusiasts' Club at this year's Classic Motor Show. We celebrate the enduring appeal of Phantom alongside its stablemate, Ghost - both hand-crafted at the Home of Rolls‑Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. The FAB1 project has raised thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer Care to date, and we aim to continue this momentum by providing the car for fantastic events like the Classic Motor Show."

Headed by Chris Evans, the FAB1 Million project is aiming to raise one million pounds for Breast Cancer Care. The pink bespoke Ghost Extended Wheelbase provided by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has made appearances at exclusive events across the world as well as being available for hire for special days, with all proceeds directly benefiting Breast Cancer Care.

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (RREC) is an international association for owners and enthusiasts of Rolls-Royce motor cars. Founded in 1957, the club has a membership of over 10,000 members from more than 50 countries. The Club holds the build records for all historic Rolls-Royce motor cars and educates enthusiasts, owners and mechanics with its workshops, engine rooms and archives, promoting Henry Royce's legacy of excellence. The club is headquartered in The Hunt House, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, England.

Classic Motor Show
The Classic Motor Show is Britain's biggest indoor motoring event and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The annual homage to motoring history features over 1500 cars and 300 motorcycles from all eras, and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

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