Rolls-Royce's newest supercar model, Wraith, is out to conquer the famous Goodwood Hillclimb during the Supercar Run of this year's Festival of Speed. Wraith is considered as the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, thanks to its mighty engine that provides up to 624 bhp/465kW of output and 800 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm, allowing the supercar to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
The Wraith will be competing on a familiar ground, as the Home of Rolls-Royce is just within sight of Goodwood House. Aside from Wraith, a number of Rolls-Royce features will also be present at the 2013 Festival of speed.
For instance, the carmaker's ‘Works Team’ that took part in the 1800-mile Centenary Alpine Trial two weeks ago will be there. The first running of this grueling event in 1913 led commentators to declare that Rolls-Royce built the ‘Best Car in the World.’
In celebration, Rolls-Royce will have the original 1913 ‘Radley Car’ and the new 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost travel up the Hillclimb side by side four times each day.
The carmaker will also feature a Moving Motor Show during the Festival of Speed.
This feature allows invited guests to drive a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom or Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost around the Goodwood Estate on July 11, 2013. The carmaker will also place a new Rolls-Royce Wraith on static display at its stand throughout the weekend.
The carmaker will also feature the return of the Soapbox Challenge to celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Speed. The carmaker's two four-wheeled gravity racers will be taking part on Saturday and Sunday.
Rolls-Royce also has the privilege of providing the Course Director’s car for this year -- a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé. The Course Director’s car will be seen between each Hillclimb Run throughout the event.
The design of the Rolls-Royce Wraith is essentially a masterpiece that conveys both elegance and simplicity while exuding poise and dynamism. Its exterior is defined by grace and beauty, as evident on the sweeping lines of the fastback. This styling simply points to the purpose of the Wraith, as inspired by the automotive design of the 1930s.
Powered by a twin turbo V12 engine that delivers 624 bhp (465 kW), the Rolls-Royce Wraith could sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds). This dynamic performance is well conveyed through the car’s shorter wheelbase and wider rear track.
However, the new Wraith shouldn’t be lumped as a GT. This is basically because the new Wraith isn’t just refined and luxurious, but is also a car that allows its occupants to enjoy the trip.
Interestingly, the Wraith is the first Rolls-Royce vehicle to be fitted with the most intelligent drive train in the marque’s history. In fact, the Wraith employs a number of innovative technologies like Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) that could process GPS data to foretell the driver's next possible move and then automatically pick the right gear.