Rolls-Royce has just unveiled the new Wraith and Dawn Landspeed Collection. These two ultra-luxury vehicles are limited edition models that celebrate the land speed records which were achieved by Captain George Eyston in the 1930s using the Thunderbolt.
Only 35 units of the Wraith and 25 units of the Dawn will be produced. Both models feature a special two-tone paint scheme that combines Black Diamond Metallic with Bonneville Blue, which is bespoke to these two cars. While it looks almost like silver in most circumstances, the special blue paint transitions to blue depending on the lighting. Both models also feature yellow accents and gloss black trims, which pay tribute to the Thunderbolt’s black arrow with a yellow circle for heightened visibility for the photo-electric timing equipment to verify its speed record.
The interior of the Wraith and Dawn Landspeed Collection features numerous details that hark back to the record-breaking occasion in the 1930s. In the case of the Dawn, the Starlight Headliner depicts the night sky on September 16, 1938, when he achieved the land speed record of 537.335 kph. 2,117 fiber-optic lights were used, the highest amount ever in a Rolls-Royce Wraith Starlight Headliner. Other interior details include the land speed record engraved in the analog clock, the wood veneer engraved with the surface of the Salt Flats, and the outline of the Silver Island mountains between the rear seats.
The Thunderbolt was powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce R supercharged 37-liter, V12 aero engines, each producing well over 2,000 hp. Around only 19 of these engines were ever made. Today, the Thunderbolt’s two R engines are preserved at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, and the Science Museum in London.
The car itself, however, has been lost. After being exhibited at the 1940 Centennial Exhibition in New Zealand, it was placed in storage but was sadly destroyed in 1946 when 27,000 bales of wool, housed in the same building, caught fire.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith and Dawn aren’t powered by the Thunderbolt’s engines, but the 6.6-liter V12 engines are still impressive. Both models are the higher-performance Black Badge models, which means their engines produce 593 hp and 841 Nm of torque in the Dawn and 632 hp and 870 Nm for the Wraith. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Interested? Better hurry up and visit Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila if you have a pile of cash to afford one of these limited-edition ultra-luxury vehicles.