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Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection pays homage to celebrates the records set by George Eyston in Thunderbolt

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the latest cars, Landspeed Collection, which features the duo of Wraith and Dawn Black Badge in the collection. The Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection draws inspiration from George Eyston’s remarkable life and record-breaking feats.

The Collection Car duo is presented in a specially created two-tone finish, which marries Black Diamond Metallic with a new Bespoke colour, Bonneville Blue. This specially developed hue bears particular significance to the Collection, with a colour that transitions under sunlight from light blue to silver, illustrating the reflections of both the vast sky over Bonneville and the crisp salt flats on Thunderbolt’s aluminium body. 

Both Landspeed Collection has a subtly perforated dark detail in the upper-centre of the steering wheel, which continues through the centre-line of the driver’s seat, accentuating both Wraith and Dawn’s driver focused appeal.  The wooden veneer of Landspeed Collection’s fascia and console lids has a distinctive texture is perfectly reproduced, digitally retraced from Bonneville Salt Flats’ smooth with tiny fissures surface. Not only that, the polished, anodised aluminium surface of the Landspeed Collection’s front tunnel has Thunderbolt’s unique silhouette and the records it achieved. On the Dawn Landspeed, there is an engraved on the upper ‘waterfall’ between the rear seat , celebrating George Eyston’s vision with the outline of the Silver Island mountains, which dominate the Bonneville horizon.

According to the history books, Eyston’s third and final land-speed record of 357.497 mph (575.336 km/h) stood for 341 days. In the new Collection Cars, it is commemorated for all time, engraved into the housing of the dashboard clock alongside the name ‘Bonneville’, in homage to where the record was set. Bright yellow accents throughout the Landspeed Collection, including two-tone yellow and black bumper inserts, pay tribute to Eyston’s brilliantly simple solution to solve visibility when travelling at great speed.

Based on the instrument dials from Thunderbolt, with yellow and black details, black-tipped hands are inspired by the arrows painted on the original car’s exterior.

On the Wraith Landspeed, Rolls-Royce has made the Starlight Headliner as they appeared over the Flats on 16 September 1938, the date on which Eyston and Thunderbolt set their third and final world land-speed record. The constellations are precisely marked using 2,117 individually placed fibre-optic ‘stars’, the largest number of stars in a Rolls-Royce Wraith Starlight Headliner ever featured.

As George Eyston received three significant honours (Military Cross, Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur and Order of the British Empire), Rolls-Royce has made subtle detail in the driver’s door, made in the same Grosgrain weave silk and colours to match the original medal ribbons. The armrests on both the passenger side and below the ribbon detail are specially padded to give them the comfortable ‘club armchair’ quality that Eyston favoured in his driving seats.

Roll-Royce has confirmed the Landspeed Collection cars is strictly limited to just 25 examples of Dawn and 35 of Wraith. However, the bad news for you if you want to get one of them as all of which have already been allocated to customers. 

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