Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition is a tribute to their carmaking heritage
Rolls-Royce has been keeping the auto enthusiasts busy year long, by either introducing special edition models, or offering glimpses into their glorious past. Doing what they are best known for, other than making aircraft engines, is crafting bespoken cars, like the Rolls-Royce Wraith introduced earlier this this year. Now they will be celebrating the Centenary of the Australian Alpine Trials, by creating a special edition collection of the same name, which in effect is also a tribute to their car-making expertise. The showcase for this collection will be the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show, where a new model will also be revealed to the audience. The Alpine Trial event, which is the central theme of Rolls-Royce’s latest endeavor, has it’s history dating back to the earliest parts of the 20th century, when Austrian Automobile Club made drivers test their finesse in the tough high altitude mountain conditions.
The Austrian Automobile Club favored events were one of the first ones, whereby the drivers were put through a tough test of driving themselves and teams to victory, amongst the unforgiving conditions in the highest altitudes of the alps. It was here in 1913, that the Rolls-Royce team achieved prime positions at the event with it’s fleet of 4 cars which included the Silver Ghost 40/50 HP models. Rolls-Royce got a taste of the alps’ medicine the previous year, due to which they bought several new changes including the newly designed 4-speed gearbox, fortified chassis and suspension, and a larger fuel tank capacity to tackle the week long event.
Built on the designing clues borrowed from the 1913 edition of the Silver Ghost, this time a modern edition of the Ghost model has been prepared for the occasion. The front grille of the car has been painted black, which is a first time for Rolls-Royce. This will also be a debut for making a car based on a historic model by luxury car maker.
The strongest essence of the special edition is on the car interiors, which features an unique clock on the wooden paneled dashboard, which brings out a lot of the mountain terrain within the dial. It also displays the different stages of the rally and the timings through it’s unique design.
The rear seat picnic tables, handcrafted to perfect Rolls-Royce standards, also is a reminiscent version of the topography of the Alpine route of the famous rally. The accuracy and finesse with which it has been crafted, brings to the light the brand’s addiction to designing perfect pieces. The car’s coach-line and the color matched hood also tell the story of the 1913 Silver Ghost, which is relived along with the design cues of the other 3 cars which were a part of the 1913 rally. The only thing to take note of, is the absence of a price tag or production run for the new model. Only the Shanghai Auto Show will reveal the mysterious parts of Rolls-Royce plans.