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14 technical details that make a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce

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Bespoke artisan craftsmanship is Rolls-Royce's hallmark. Recently, the carmaker pulled back the curtain on the process, revealing 14 technical details that aren't obvious at first glance, but together help make a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce.

Each Rolls-Royce automobile is made at the company's headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex, England.

No. 14

Rolls-Royce Goodwood Phantom engine

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When the Rolls-Royce V12 engine was being tested, it had to faultlessly revolve 750 million times before it was approved for production.

No. 13

Rolls-Royce Goodwood Spirit of Ecstasy

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The mechanism that retracts the Spirit of Ecstasy is comprised of 24 unseen linkages and bearings.

No. 12

Rolls-Royce Goodwood factory plant

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Each Rolls-Royce vehicle rides on a 16-liter air cushion that is paired with dampers and springs. Those mechanics adjust themselves every five milliseconds to deliver the marque's signature magic carpet ride.

No. 11

Rolls-Royce Goodwood paint assembly plant

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Rolls-Royce employee Mark Court is the only man in the able to hand-apply a perfectly straight Phantom coachline. It takes him hours per vehicle side using brushes made from ox and squirrel hair to ensure the line is precisely level and a uniform 3mm in width. He honed his steady-hand painting pub-signs.

No. 10

Rolls-Royce Goodwood Dawn driving

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The sensors in a Rolls-Royce are so sensitive that they can detect if a driver or passenger shifts their body weight from one side to the other and adapt the vehicle accordingly.

No. 9

Rolls-Royce Goodwood Dawn

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The Rolls-Royce Dawn raises and lowers its convertible roof via the silent ballet. The car features the largest production convertible roof in the world. It is also the quietest.

No. 8

Rolls-Royce Goodwood Phantom

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom is made up of 48 wood parts that take 28 days to produce. To ensure a seamless look, only using wood from one tree for each motor car.

No. 7

Rolls-Royce Goodwood sound system audio

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Each Rolls-Royce has a bespoke auto system. The system outputs 1300 watts and features 18 speakers. it is so expertly tuned, the interior designers are required to seek permission of the audio engineer who created it before making any changes.

No. 6

Rolls-Royce Goodwood leather stitching bespoke

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Leather elements inside the cabin of each Rolls-Royce car are handcrafted by artisans, some of whom are part of generations of craftspeople who have worked for the manufacturer. It takes 17 days to craft the leather.

No. 5

Rolls-Royce Goodwood champagne chiller

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Sommeliers advise that the optimum serving temperatures of non-vintage Champagne is six degrees centigrade and vintage Champagnes is 11 degrees centigrade (52 degrees Fahrenheit). Rolls-Royce equips its motor cars with a refrigerator that operates two cooling modes, chilling to six and 11 degrees respectively.

No. 4

Rolls-Royce Goodwood starlight headliner

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The Starlight Headliner started as bespoke request from a client who was suffering from Photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light, and was only able to enjoy reading his daily newspaper under the starlight on his rural ranch. He requested that the marque develop a similar ambience in his Rolls-Royce.

Customers are able to specify a specific constellation which will be verified by a local Observatory. In total over two kilometers of cabling is hand-woven to achieve this.

No. 3

Rolls-Royce Goodwood back seat rear ghost

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Over 100 microprocessors decipher 130 million lines of code in each vehicle, delivering the magic carpet ride and other functions of the car that many drivers and passengers take for granted.

No. 2

Rolls-Royce Goodwood phantom paint painting shop assembly plant

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To achieve the mirror-like finish that Rolls-Royce vehicles wear, five layers of paint are applied by the only robots at the Home of Rolls-Royce. Any hard-to-reach spots are painted by paint experts. In total, the process of applying a flawless exterior finish takes seven days and uses over 100 pounds of paint.

No. 1

Rolls-Royce Goodwood bespoke audio

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More than 25 meters of cabling is used to transfer audio data in a Rolls-Royce. Fiber-optic cabling is used to ensure immunity against interference.

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Audi is adding new features to its MIB 3 system.

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Starting in 2020, Audi began installing its next-gen MIB 3 infotainment system throughout its lineup. Two years on, the German automaker is adding new functionalities to the system including integrated Amazon Alexa.

The latest MIB 3 infotainment features are anticipated to be available starting summer and fall 2021 in 2022 Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8, E-tron, and E-tron Sportback models. This includes Personalization 2.0, which allows users who have a saved profile to transfer their seat adjustment, radio station favorites, and climate control settings from vehicle to vehicle.

MIB 3 initially had Alexa as a push-to-talk function using steering wheel controls. For the new model year, Alexa will be able to be activate using "Alexa" voice commands within the cabin.

Audi MIB 3 infotainment system Audi is expanding SiriusXM with 360L to more vehicles. Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Users will an Apple ID and active Audi connect Prime or Plus subscription will be able to log into their account and play Apple Music without needing to pair a phone.

Audi is expanding its SiriusXM with 360L to more models. The tech will be offered in the 2022 E-Tron GT with a subscription. It current is available in the 2021 Audi Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, E-Tron, and E-Tron Sportback.

Android Auto users will be able to wirelessly connect to Audi systems on select vehicles starting with the 2022 model year. The Audi Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, E-Tron, and E-Tron Sportback all will be enabled.

New features have been added to the myAudi app as well:

  • Select models now available with Function on Demand features, including MMI Navigation plus (select Audi A4, A5, and Q5 Premium and Premium Plus models), and Light Function Package (Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback Premium models); more features to be added at a later date
  • A revised e-tron route planner for electric vehicles that can sort public charging stations with a greater level of detail between Level 2 AC chargers and Level 3 DC fast chargers
  • Additionally, all MIB 2, MIB 2+, and MIB 3 users will be able to enjoy a revised myAudi app with easier-to-use functionality

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The Ford F-150 Lightning is the company’s first all-electric pickup truck

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The day is finally here. Ford has just taken the wraps off its hotly anticipated F-150 Lightning full-size electric pickup truck. The electrified pickup will be the most powerful F-150 ever made, and will offer buyers a unique set of features thanks to its battery packs and electric powertrain.

The Lightning will come packing 563 horsepower and 773 pound-feet of torque, which will provide a zero to 60 mph time in the mid-four-second range and standard four-wheel drive. Ford is targeting a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds in standard-range models with 18-inch wheels and a max tow rating of 10,000 pound for models with an extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Package. All of that in a truck that will have a 300-mile driving range on a single charge, a giant frunk (front trunk), and the ability to act as a generator with enough juice to power a home.

Inside, the F-150 Lightning will feature a 15.5-inch center touchscreen running Ford's SYNC 4A infotainment software. Beyond the staples such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system is designed to adapt to driver behavior and can provide in-depth information on how the truck is performing at any given moment. Ford says that it will continue to improve the system and add new features via over-the-air (OTA) updates, which may prolong the new truck's lifecycle as new functions become available.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning The F-150 Lightning is designed to be able to handle worksite tasks.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Compay

Ford says it tested the new truck in punishing conditions for towing capability, hot and cold temperature resistance, and for safety in collisions. The F-150 Lightning carries a liquid cooling system, and its battery is contained within a waterproof casing that sits inside a crash-absorption protector. The truck's powertrain layout is designed to manage heat distribution across the vehicle to allow it to perform in harsh temperatures.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning There are a few differences between the interior of the Lightning and other F-150s, but not many.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

When it's time to charge, the Lightning will feature an exclusive 80-amp charge station that uses the truck's dual onboard chargers to replenish battery power more quickly at home. Ford says the system will allow the Lightning to add an average of 30 miles of range per charging hour, and notes that an extended-range version of the truck can charge completely from 15 percent battery in around eight hours. Out in the wild, the F-150 Lightning's infotainment system will help drivers plan their routes to reach charging stations while taking weather, traffic, and payload into consideration. The Lightning, like the Ford Mustang Mach-E before it, can take advantage of the FordPass network, which includes over 16,000 charging stations across the country.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning The F-150 Lightning has the ability to tow 10,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Ford F-150 Lightning will begin hitting dealers' lots in spring 2022. The truck will be offered in four trim levels and two battery options, and will be sold at Ford's 2,300-plus EV-certified dealers in the U.S. The Blue Oval will offer a commercial version of the Lightning with a starting price of $39,974 and the more comfortable mid-range XLT model will start at $52,974. Both prices are before any federal or state incentives are applied.

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