Rolls-Royce to unveil Alpine Trial Centenary Collection at Auto China 2013

Article by Anita Panait, on April 19, 2013

Rolls-Royce will unveil the Alpine Trial Centenary Collection at Auto China 2013 to celebrate the legendary success achieved by four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts on the Austrian Alpine Trials 100 years ago. A century ago, the four Silver Ghosts participated in the Austrian Alpine Trials, which at the time was considered as the most demanding test of automotive endurance.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts crossed over 1,820 taxing miles of near impassable mountain terrain. The feat allowed the Rolls-Royce Works Team and privateer entrant James Radley to help bolster the marque’s status for peerless reliability and mechanical excellence.

Silver Ghosts’ feat also established Rolls-Royce as the maker of the ‘Best Car in the World.” At Auto China 2013, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke department was inspired by the Silver Ghost to unveil a limited edition of the vehicle, which features exquisitely crafted design cues that pay homage to the 1913 Alpine Trials cars.

For instance, the exterior paint hue was inspired by Radley’s Silver Ghost, a car that will join in this year’s reenactment of the 1913 Alpine Trial as part of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Works Team. The carmaker’s Bespoke department also had Radley car’s unique black grille and wheels replicated across the collection, marking the first time that a painted grille is featured on a contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicle.

The cabin of the model features Bespoke details that reminds passengers of the Alpine Trial. The clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, while inlays to rear picnic tables and the front fascia reflects the topography and distances of the Alpine route.

Each element on the limited edition model is carefully hand-crafted and researched to ensure accuracy. A hand-painted coachline referencing the four Rolls-Royces as well as a headlining which is in a color that matches the hood of Radley’s car, completes the homage to the century-old feat.

The flowing lines of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost are heavily marked by the so-called 'Yacht Line' styling, with large, uninterrupted surfaces running between the sculpted horizontal lines. Meanwhile, the upward-sweeping sill line and a low-cut roof lend the Ghost its dynamic profile, making it seem that the cabin has been pushed to the rear. Meanwhile, the car’s dynamic shoulders and flanks draw in sharply while flowing from the rear wings to the tail lights. Customers may avail of the optional chromed exhausts to further boost the Rolls-Royce Ghost's dynamic looks.

New Rolls-Royce Ghost does feature classic Rolls-Royce design cues, like its long bonnet, short front overhang, elevated prow, elegant rear end and sharply raked A-pillar. However, it also features a number of modern cues like the latest evolution of the Rolls-Royce grille as flanked by Xenon headlights as well as self-righting wheel centers. The sides of grille intakes curve inwards, with the vanes set back into the opening. Ian Cameron remarked that this styling allows the grille of the Ghost to look like a jet intake instead of the traditional Parthenon style.

Customers may have the Ghost’s bonnet, grille and windscreen surround be finished in contrasting Silver Satin color, which was achieved by setting silver metallic paint under a layer of lacquer for an elegant matte finish.

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost also follows the central principle of delivering simplicity out of complexity. In fact, every aspect, feature and elements of the new Ghost were designed and engineered to further simplify and improve both the drive and ride experience, without complicating them.

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