Rolls Royce cars are the epitome of luxury, comfort and technological brilliance. Rolls Royce is not cheap in any way and still, they remain high in demand. While many of us may not get a chance of owning a Rolls Royce in a single lifetime, there are a few interesting facts that make the Rolls Royce cars and SUVs very interesting. Here are ten such facts about Rolls Royce that justifies the price tag on them.
Lasts a lifetime
Apart from luxury, comfort and technological advancements, Rolls Royce cars offer extremely high quality. Rolls Royce has been manufacturing cars for over a century now and according to the fact-checkers, roughly 65% of Rolls Royce cars ever built are still on the roads and are in working condition. This simple fact is a testament to the quality of Rolls Royce cars.
Attention to detail
Rolls Royce engineers put extra efforts into the attention to the details. Even the smallest thing in the Rolls Royce models will have finer details. For example, all the Rolls Royce cars come with self-correcting badge. It means that the badge is never upside down even when the wheels are moving. Next time you spot a Rolls Royce, do check the badge on the wheels.
Rolls Royce cars are made to offer extreme comfort and that is why the Rolls Royce cars are extremely silent. Rolls Royce designers and engineers use hundreds of kilos of insulating materials to soundproof the cabin and isolate the noises. In fact, according to a report, some owners of Rolls Royce cars complain of nausea because of the truly silent cabins at first. Rolls Royce offers an analogue clock on the dashboard and it can be heard ticking even a Rolls Royce moves at 100 km/h.
With the manufacturers adopting modern technologies like robots and automation in their plants to speed up the manufacturing process, Rolls Royce has only four robotic arms in its factory at Goodwood. Out of these four robots, two are used exclusively to apply primer on the body before the final paint. Most of the other manufacturing work is done by hands and that is why it takes a lot of time to produce a Rolls Royce car.
Designers choose the best material
Just like the attention to details, the Rolls Royce cars are made with extreme carefully chosen materials. For example, the leather used in the Rolls Royce cars come from the bull hide and not from the cows. That is because cows develop stretch marks during pregnancy and it looks bad on the Rolls Royce seats.
Rolls Royce takes about 17 days to complete the cabin of a car and it takes leather from about 11 bulls. Another example of carefully choosing the materials is the dashboard. The wood veneer used in the cabin is stored in humidified chambers so that they do not crack in the longer run. The veneers are then transported in velvet sheets to ensure that they do not get scratched.
Rolls Royce started as an aeroplane and car manufacturing company in the early 1900s. In 1906, Rolls Royce launched the Silver Ghost, its first car. To prove the reliability of the engine, Rolls Royce kept the vehicle going for a record run of 24,000 km and it did not break down.
Rolls Royce is one of the few companies that also manufacture aircraft engines. That is why Rolls Royce keeps its standard pretty high when it comes to quality. Remember the Concorde? It was powered by Rolls Royce engines.
Rolls Royce takes customisation very seriously and they ask you to give preferences when you place the order for a new car. Rolls Royce offers 44,000 shades for the exterior and then you can choose from numerous colour themes for the cabin, the material of the dashboard, and even the colour of the seats can be customised. Rolls Royce uses about 45 kg of paint on each car and there are two different layers of clear coat paint to add the mirror finish.
Named after Spirits
All the Rolls Royce models like the Wraith, Phantom, Ghost, Dawn, Cullinan, are named after the spirits. Rolls Royce started with numbers while naming its vehicles initially but that changed around 1925 when the new Phantom. While the ideology behind the names remains unknown, rumours say that it is the silent cabins that inspires the manufacturer to give it such names.
If you have the cash, you can choose any material for your Rolls Royce. There is an option of a cigar humidifier if you like cigars. The famous Spirit of Ecstasy badge can be had in 24 carats gold as well. If you like the starry night sky, you can opt for the starlight headliner.
It has 1600 tiny fibre optic lights that have been hand-sewn into the fabric above your head. You could also have a mini bar on your door to chill your champagne. There are many more crazy options like this that truly make the Rolls a car worth the money.
Ever since Rolls has been making cars, each and every example of their car has dawned the Spirit of Ecstasy logo. This has been their mascot since 1911. When BMW bought over the brand, they paid $40 million in order to use the logo. The logo has so much importance that it goes into the grille when the car is locked so that it cannot get stolen.
Also, Rolls Royce has been using suicide doors (the ones that open in the opposite direction) for a long while now. The main reason is that it allows for easier entry and exit, that too more elegantly.