The Rolls-Royce brand is known for many things. It can be either the magic carpet trip or the extremely powerful engines for both motor vehicles and the aviation industry. Most of all, however, Rolls-Royce motor vehicles are known for their expertise in custom manufacturing. Nothing highlights this more than the new Wraith Eagle VIII.
We first got a glimpse of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII at Concorso's Eleganza Villa, Este in Lake Como. The stars, however, interacted to give us a more intimate moment with the newly created creation of the tailor-made collective at the House of Rolls-Royce.
And I tell you directly: the pictures are nothing in terms of how the vehicle looks in real life. If there was ever a car that seemed bigger, more "real" in some way, it is. But more than the look, Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII is created to celebrate a brilliant event, one that will forever be etched in the aviation history books.
Wraith Eagle VIII is a fitting tribute to Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown. The first gentlemen overthrew the Atlantic in June 1919. They did so within a modified Vickers Vimy bomber, which came with a pair of powerful Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. The story has it The Rolls-Royce engines were the only ones working perfectly throughout the journey, which speaks a lot about the huge danger that both men face in their pursuit of grandeur. The Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines were so powerful that they made the aircraft achieve speeds of up to 115 mph, even a record at that time. Both men completed the 1,880 mile journey for about 16 hours.
Now, when I think of the ordeal, it is hard to imagine what goes into the mind of Captain Alcock and Lieutenant Brown, since all flight instrumentation immediately froze as they reached height after leaving. Blended by snow, zero-degree weather and massive thick fog, they had to fly over the clouds and navigate the sky using the stars and constellations. It is like flying blind over a seemingly endless sea, without knowing whether you are flying upside down or not, as I suppose both men did in the earlier part of their journey.
Used all these incredible details as their inspiration, the tailor-made collective at House of Rolls-Royce went to work at the Wraith Eagle VIII to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alcock and Brown's flight. They managed to cross the length between St. Johns in Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland courtesy of the indestructible Rolls-Royce engines. So, of course, it starts with Rolls-Royce Wraith, which happens to be – believe it or not – the most dynamic and targeted car in the Rolls & # 39; portfolio.
As I said earlier, images will not be entitled to Wraith Eagle VIII. In the beginning, it looks like the usual Wraith with an aluminum cap. Look closer and the details begin to present themselves in fabulous light. It seems almost too subtle until your eyes get a glimpse of the unique brass feature line that runs across the body, which is a feature you can only find in Wraith Eagle VIII. You will also see a host of matching brass-inspired features inside the car. The function line is just a taste of what comes when you enter the car. And before I forgot, the Rolls-Royce chose the brass color theme as a tribute to the booths both men used in the non-stop transatlantic flight. Without it, it would have been impossible to navigate over the clouds.
The muted gun metal finish and Selby Gray overton are a tribute to the actual colors of the Vickers Vimy WWI aircraft, which supposedly carry the same shade. The grid has black elements, while the wheels – again unique to Wraith Eagle VIII – have a translucent shadow finish. Eagle VIII still looks a bit like a Rolls-Royce Wraith, but it exudes a special glow that stands out over million dollar supercars, hypercars or vintage collectibles.
Opening the suicide doors reveals an elegant and tasteful interior with brass center, including "RR" monograms on the head restraints embroidered with brass thread. The seats are engulfed in the softest and finest Selby gray and black cowhide. You will also find the brass speaker covers that show 1,880 miles of non-stop flight. There are also brass elements on the navigator doors. The driver's door contains a brass plate with the famous quotes from Sir Winston Churchill after the duo has achieved the impossible.
But the most striking element in the interior is the starlight headliner. Unlike the starlight headliner in your Phantom, Wraith Eagle VIII has embroidered clouds that took a week to create by hand. There are 1,183 star light fibers in headliner designed to depict the celestial event during the 1919 flight. The flight path and constellations are embroidered using brass wire, but the red fiber optic light points to the exact moment when the duo lifted over the clouds to navigate by sextant.
Meanwhile, the dashboard and console are designed to represent a modern abstract interpretation of what Alcock and Brown saw as the plane flew off the fog. It's great to see and talk a lot about Rolls-Royce's dedication to making the most sought after tailor-made car in the world. Of course, wood is at the center of it all, and Rolls-Royce chose smoked Eucalyptus planks for this occasion. Each piece is vacuum metallised in gold with silver and copper inserts. You can see the rich detail and meticulous craftsmanship that went into each piece. It also connects the starlight headliner with the rest of the vehicle for a truly awe-inspiring driving experience.
But we are not yet finished. Rolls-Royce knew that Alcock and Brown flew with frozen instruments, and they also knew that the duo was reminiscent of a faint green glow from the ice-covered dashboard. The best thing is to master a clock with a soft, green light and uplifting background effects. The watch fascia has compass-inspired lines, while the landing coordinates are engraved below. That said, it is a magnificent watch with whiff of handmade jewelry.
Rolls-Royce produces only 50 examples of Wraith Eagle VIII. And while I can only dream of buying this car, I had to experience what it is like to be a potential owner. Rolls-Royce was more than friendly enough to "present" the car, as each will be presented to their respective owners. And I tell you, it's like the great revelation of a Hollywood movie franchise complete with purple curtains, a rotating pedestal and a beating soundtrack. With the limited edition Rolls-Royce Wraith Eagle VIII, you don't buy a car. You enter a world of handmade luxury, heritage and prestige.