Goodwood Director to ride a Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase

Article by Anita Panait, on June 30, 2012

The Race Director of the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be riding on a Ghost Extended Wheelbase, one of two Rolls-Royce press fleet cars taking part in the event this year. Ghost Extended Wheelbase is powered by a dynamic V12 direct-injection engine that transmits up to 563 hp of power to the wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox, allowing the Race Director to manage the curves and hill climb at Goodwood at an easy pace.

Having midnight sapphire finish with a silver satin bonnet, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase could accelerate from zero to 62mph time in just five seconds.

The car’s superior ride qualities are primarily thanks to its double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension combined with an intelligent, four cornered air-suspension system and electronic variable damping. The Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase is sure to please the world’s most exclusive customers with its hand-built interior flourishing with light, thanks to a panoramic sunroof.

The interior of the Ghost Extended Wheelbase features luxurious hand-stitched leathers in crème light and navy blue, bordered by car’s dark wenge veneer.

Meanwhile, the second Rolls-Royce press car, a Phantom Saloon Series II finished in blue velvet sparkle, will be climbing the hill during the Moving Motor Show set on June 28, for exclusive media and VIP drives. Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom Series II at Geneva this year and will make the press car available for loans at the end of July.

Interior Designer Alan Sheppard said that for the Ghost Extended Wheelbase, he and his team made it a point to emphasize the air of calm presence and discretion reached via a carefully-planned balancing of characteristics so common on the Rolls-Royce: An interior welcoming natural light, seating passengers in luxury and comfort yet protecting them from the busyness of the environment outside.

The primary vehicles to have the nametag Ghost in the first part of the 90s were popular not only because they were durable, but also because they were refined and stylish, where occupants enjoyed the best in coach-built interior. By creating a Ghost for the 21st century, the Rolls-Royce engineering team maintained these principles.

But the main concentration of the team was to create a more modern, informal style expanding the appeal of the brand. The outcome was Ghost, a captivating design, producing simplicity from complexity, a signature that comes from the Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase keeps a strong profile, with running lines controlled by majestic 'yacht line' design. Huge flowing surfaces, strong shoulders and flanks lead to the vehicle's incomparable dynamic stance and the inclusion of 170mm only adds to the auto's already unmistakable presence.

The attributes of the Rolls-Royce run through Ghost Extended Wheelbase beginning with the vehicle's elevated prow, elongated bonnet and small front overhang, down to its stylish tail. Modern styling details seal the Rolls-Royce credentials, with additional self-righting wheel centers, front door-mounted Teflon-coated umbrellas and a contemporary approach on the popular Rolls-Royce grille, with sides curved towards the inside and vanes set back to the opening to match a jet intake.

Press Release


A Ghost Extended Wheelbase is the Race Director’s car at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The model, which boasts all the dynamic prowess of Ghost in an indulgent extended wheelbase experience, is one of two Rolls-Royce press fleet cars taking part in the festival this year.

Finished in midnight sapphire with a silver satin bonnet, the Ghost Extended Wheelbase will make light work of Goodwood’s curves and hill climb, thanks to a sophisticated V12 direct-injection power plant married to eight speed automatic transmission. As one would expect, power delivery is abundant yet effortless, with 563 hp available at a driver’s disposal and a 0-62mph time of just five seconds. Only when needed of course.

Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension contribute to the car’s outstanding ride characteristics. Combined with an intelligent, four cornered air-suspension system and electronic variable damping, Ghost Extended Wheelbase delivers the refinement demanded by the world’s most exclusive customers, within a glorious hand-built interior bathed in light courtesy of a panoramic sunroof. Sumptuous hand stitched leathers in crème light and navy blue are framed by the car’s dark wenge veneer.

A second Rolls-Royce press car, a Phantom Saloon Series II in beautiful blue velvet sparkle, will take to the hill at the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 28 June for exclusive media and VIP drives. Phantom Series II was launched at Geneva this year and the press car will be available for loans at the end of July.

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