Rolls-Royce Chicane Phantom Coupe is inspired by the Goodwood Motor Circuit

Article by Christian A., on October 30, 2013

This is the Rolls-Royce Chicane Phantom Coupé, a one-of-a-kind model from the British manufacturer that evokes Goodwood’s rich motor sport history. According to the official press release, this model was created after Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager Mohammed EL-Arishy had an idea and presented to the Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke design team.

Mohammed EL-Arishy wanted a motor car that captures the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The luxury coupe features a Gunmetal exterior paint and the coloured wheels match it, being the first time such a feature has adorned a contemporary Rolls-Royce motor car. Insider, the traditional interior wood-finish was replaced by carbon fiber, alluding to the materials used in modern racing machines.

The theme is continued at the exterior, with the bonnet and windscreen surround finished in matte black. Racing theme is continued with chequered flag motif stitching to the seats, while a metal plaque expressing the car’s name and Goodwood’s famous track layout sits in the glove compartment.

The all-new Phantom features a design language like that of a popular classic music. Ian Cameron, Director of Design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said that this concept highlights the possibility of various interpretations over time without leaving behind its well-known essential melody.

This concept extends as well to the market as the Phantom is persistent in delighting the audience. The familiar melodies such as the classic design keys which are drawn through generations are vitalized by the craftspeople at Home of Rolls-Royce, Goodwood which serves as the orchestra to this masterpiece. They are dedicatedly working up to the finest nitty-gritty and giving attention to the smallest details in every single unit.

The well-known Spirit of Ecstasy is where this model’s theme began. It highlights a Pantheon grille that leans to the wind along with a fluttering gown. It also bears elements common to all members of the Phantom family including an extended over-hang in its back as well as the traditional two-to-one wheel complementing its body height. Its steering wheel is also thin-rimmed which suggests a set of well-engineered and stylish multifunction helms common to Phantoms II and III. It also features a set of organ stop plungers and a new set of bulls-eye air vents.

Its intertwined Rolls-Royce hubcap monograms, which stay upright all the time, delight the owners and enthusiasts as well, along with the other 21st Century features. Its soft-closed coach doors that house the Teflon-coated door umbrellas highlight a grand disembarkation coming from a car that endures all type of weather.

We should always think of the Phantom design as a piece of a famous, classical music. After some time, this has the likelihood of various interpretations without compromising the standard tune that we all know so well.

Like a piece of inspirational music, the Rolls-Royce Phantom carries on enchanting its clients. Well-known tunes - trademark design cues that can be followed through the model generations - are enlivened by a symphony of craftspeople working at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, where meticulous attention to the finest detail delights in every vehicle.

Prominent themes begin with the renowned Spirit of Ecstasy, magnificently adorning each model's Pantheon grille leaning into the wind with head-turning gown, while in side profile, all Phantom family members exhibit a long rear over-hang and a vintage two-to-one wheel to body height.

The thin-rimmed steering-wheel is similar to exquisitely engineered multifunction helms of the Phantom II and III, while further cues in the type of bulls-eye air vents and organ-stop plungers additionally hint at past works of art.

Likewise, 21st Century design cues amuse owners, as well as those for whom a look at a Rolls-Royce is an unforgettable memory to be forever treasured. The interlocked double-R Rolls-Royce monogram in the hubcaps, for instance, which remain upright at all times and coach doors with soft close function, which house Teflon-covered umbrellas, give the most amazing type of disembarkation from any engine vehicle, whatever the climate.

Press Release


With the talents of the world’s finest automotive designers and craftspeople at a customer’s disposal, inspiration for a Bespoke Rolls-Royce can strike anywhere.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager, Mohammed EL-Arishy’s imagination was piqued whilst dining at the Goodwood Hotel, adjacent to the Home of Rolls-Royce. Photographs of motor racing greats negotiating the historic Goodwood motor circuit drew his eye. A consultation with Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke design team followed:

“I wanted to create a motor car that captures the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Home of Rolls-Royce’s connection to such an important centre of British motoring heritage is something that fascinates my customers,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager, Mohammed EL-Arishy. “The experience of working with Rolls-Royce’s world-class designers to create the beautifully executed Chicane Phantom Coupé was exhilarating. The creativity, vision, skill and attention-to-detail employed in the crafting of these one-off motor cars is unsurpassed in the super-luxury world.”

The result, the one-of-a-kind Chicane Phantom Coupé incorporates design cues and materials that evoke Goodwood’s rich motor sport history.

A traditional interior wood-finish makes way for carbon fibre, alluding to the materials used in modern racing machines. This highly contemporary theme extends to the exterior of the car, with the bonnet and windscreen surround finished in a matte black, perfectly complementing the Gunmetal exterior paint.

Coloured wheels matching the main exterior paint finish are also specified, the first time such a feature has adorned a contemporary Rolls-Royce motor car.

Hand-crafted details throughout allude to the car’s historic motor racing theme with chequered flag motif stitching to the seats echoed on the exterior with a matching Bespoke coachline. The elegant homage is completed with a metal plaque expressing the car’s name and Goodwood’s famous track layout located discreetly in the glove compartment.

This is not the first time an unexpected spark of inspiration has taken a Rolls-Royce customer; commissions have included an exterior paint colour perfectly matched to a favourite eye shadow and a wood-veneer sourced from a tree on a customer’s estate.

“Customers often task us with designing cars themed around a particularly passion or interest. The customer leads the creative process, working in collaboration with us to create a highly personal, one-off masterpiece. As Bespoke designers we take great satisfaction in turning these dreams into reality,” said Gavin Hartley, Bespoke Design Manager.

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