Custom Rolls-Royce created to honour Goodwood's motorsport heritage
Darren Moss
29 October 2013

A special edition of the Rolls-Royce Phantom coupé has been created with the spirit of the Goodwood motor circuit in mind.

Inside, the bespoke model features carbonfibre trim instead of the traditional wood, a chequered flag motif stitched into the seats, and a metal plaque featuring the layout of the Goodwood track inside the glovebox.

On the outside, the bonnet and windscreen surround are finished in matt-black paint. The rest of the car is finished in Gunmetal paint.

For the first time on a contemporary Rolls-Royce, painted wheels matching the exterior colour are also included.

Inspiration for the custom design came from Rolls-Royce brand manager in Dubai Mohammed El-Arishy, who said: "I wanted to create a motor car that captures the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood motor circuit. Rolls-Royce’s connection to such an important centre of British motoring heritage is something that fascinates my customers.” 

The company says its bespoke design divison has, in the past, gone to such lengths as to match an exterior paint to a client's favourite colour of eye shadow, as well as sourcing a wood trim from a tree on a customer's estate.

The same 6.75-litre V12 engine used by the standard car is kept, meaning a 0-60mph time of around 6.1 seconds.

Rolls-Royce has not confirmed whether it will put the model on sale. The car will be seen at the Dubai motor show.

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29 October 2013

One can't see at all how this 'captures the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood motor circuit' or actually in what sense it constitutes a news story outside the pages of the Rolls Royce in-house magazine. Genuinely its existence is neither here nor there.

29 October 2013

Despite the obvious quality of the interior, it doesn't actually look very nice. Also, if this has been created with inspiration from the HISTORIC Goodwood circuit why has carbonfibre been used? I would call that a contemporary choice of material.

Let's hope it stays a one-off.


29 October 2013
bomb wrote:

Despite the obvious quality of the interior, it doesn't actually look very nice. Also, if this has been created with inspiration from the HISTORIC Goodwood circuit why has carbonfibre been used? I would call that a contemporary choice of material.

Let's hope it stays a one-off.

I was thinking exactly the same thing. The quaility cannot be questioned but to my eyes, it looks a little naff and it's not really helped with all that carbonfibre. Are those black alloys I see there???

30 October 2013

Yet another graphic example of the inverse ratio that often exists between 'taste/class' and 'money'... This car looks awful.

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