It has been said that one of the most valuable pieces on a Rolls-Royce Motor Car is the Spirit of Ecstasy. It has also been said that before work can be done on The Gallery (the centerpiece of the current-generation Phantom’s interior), the room where it is put together—the Clean Room—has to be free of microns no larger than the human hair.
These are just some of the things being said about Rolls-Royce and its Bespoke line of motor cars. Are they true? Or are they merely urban legends?
To put all these myths or talk to rest, here are some truths about the British luxury marque and its fine line of offerings. Get to know things that go on behind the scenes at the Home of Rolls-Royce
1. The long-running 6.75-liter V12 motor has to faultlessly revolve 750 million times before being approved for production.
2. The Spirit of Ecstasy’s retracting mechanism consists of 24 hinges and bearings
3. The sensors on a Rolls-Royce motor car are so sensitive that they can detect if occupants shift their body weight and thus, adjust accordingly.
4. Over 25m of fiber optic cable are used to transmit audio data. Moreover, 100 microprocessors are used to decipher 130 lines of code. It’s that complex and, well, smart.
5. According to Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce is the most mentioned automotive brand in the music world, beating out the likes of Ferrari.
6. Remember that Clean Room we mentioned above? Yes, Rolls-Royce does have one where it builds the Phantom’s Gallery. Before building the Clean Room itself, Associates visited pharmaceutical and microprocessor companies’ clean rooms just to see what standards they use. And yes, any particles and microns larger than a human hair must be filtered out.
7. Rolls-Royce motor cars have a refrigerator that chills drinks (such as Champagne) to six and 11 degrees. This helps give Champagne its optimum chilling temperatures.
8. It takes craftspeople 17 days to to craft the leather elements of a Rolls-Royce interior.
9. The only robots you will find at the Home of Rolls-Royce are the ones who apply the 5 layers of paint on every Rolls-Royce motor car. As for those hard to reach spots, these are taken care of by highly skilled craftspeople. The entire process takes 7 days just for one vehicle.
10. The Spirit of Ecstasy is so valued at the Home of Rolls-Royce that it is kept in a safe lock whose code is known only to a few people.
11. The Rolls-Royce Dawn’s folding roof mechanism is the quietest in the world. It’s a silent ballet, as Rolls-Royce calls it.
12. Rolls-Royce craftspeople were once make-up artists, tattoo artists, and even a parliamentary red box maker before joining the Home of Rolls-Royce.
Yes, these are just some of the interesting things about the epitome of luxury automobiles, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.