The news from Goodwood this early summer concerns the Wraith and Dawn Black Badge models, and the person of George Eyston, a British automotive pioneer who, in the 1930s, set three land speed records with a Rolls-powered car called Thunderbolt on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Rolls calls the new Wraith and Dawn variations the Landspeed Collection. While the mechanics of the models remain the same as the production versions—with the Black Badge specifications—the cosmetics of the Landspeed Collection versions are artfully designed to echo the historical importance of Eyston’s efforts.
The surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats is the inspiration for the fascia engraving, while the steering wheel is enhanced to suggest the darker tire tracks left on terra firma by Thunderbolt. And, while Eyston’s souped-up car has vanished into the mists of time, the front tunnel of the Landspeed Collection cars features silhouettes of it during its famous runs.
Finally, the driver’s side door of the Landspeed Collection Wraith and Dawn features the colors of the ribbons awarded to Mr. Eyston for his record-breaking trips across the salt.
Rolls-Royce is planning to produce 35 examples of the Wraith Black Badge Landspeed Collection, and 25 examples of the Dawn Black Badge Landspeed Collection.