A few days ago, Rolls-Royce launched the so-called "Landspeed Collection“On the basis of Wraith and the Dawn Black Badge presented. She is inspired by the life and the records of George Eyston. At the same time, the collection also has a strong aesthetic connection to the unique landscape of the Bonneville Salt Flats. That's the place where that Thunderbolt record vehicle, Eyston, even if only briefly (almost 1 year) made the fastest man in the world. Rolls-Royce is now bringing the collection into a specially created one Two-tone paint at the start. The lacquer dress shines in Black Diamond Metallic in combination with a new Bespoke color with a name Bonneville Blue. And the specially developed color is not a coincidence.
Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection
The color has a special meaning for the collection. When exposed to sunlight, it changes from light blue to silver and should reminiscent of the reflections of the sky over Bonneville and the crystal clear salt surfaces on the aluminum body of the Thunderbolt. But what kind of engine actually made the Thunderbolt so fast?
In fact it was two Rolls-Royce R supercharged V12 aero engines with 37 liter displacement, the over 2.000 hp each performed and provided a crazy advance. But that was also necessary, because the Thunderbolt had three axles, eight wheels and weighed seven tons, which gave it nicknames like "Behemoth" and "Leviathan" in old reports. The body was made of aluminum and in its original shape had a blunt, heavy profile with a large triangular tail fin. As far as is known, only 19 of the Rolls-Royce engines were built. They were so rare that the Thunderbolt's engines previously worked with the Schneider Trophy excellent seaplane Supermarine S6.B were used and laid the foundation for the legendary Spitfire.
many little details make the difference
The Wraith and Dawn Landspeed Collection vehicles have the following details in addition to the paintwork mentioned:
- a dark stripe in the upper center of the steering wheel in memory of the lane markings of the route at that time
- the marking continues through the center line of the driver's seat and the back seat
- Interior wood inlays with the look of the Bonneville Salt Flats surface
- Aluminum surfaces with the silhouette of the Thunderbolt
- further details are shown in the outline of the Silver Island Mountains
- 357.497 mph / 341 days / "Bonneville" in the case of the clock in the dashboard
- Badge on the headliner
- In memory of the large black arrow with a yellow circle for improved visibility at high speed of the Thunderbolt, bright yellow accents can be seen (two-tone yellow and black bumper inserts etc.)
- Starry sky with 2.117 “stars”, as it was on September 16, 1938 over the Flats
- George Eyston received three major honors that are integrated into the driver's door
- Military Cross (MC)
- Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur
- Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Armrest specially upholstered in the style of the “club chair” that Eyston preferred for his driver's seats
- the production of the Landspeed Collection is limited to 25 copies of the Dawn and 35 of the Wraith (all already sold)
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Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection: inspired by George Eystons
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