Engineering

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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The entire VW lineup sees new features and tech.

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The 2022 Volkswagen lineup will be tech-forward and will have more standard features than before. That's the message the automaker sent with its most recent announcement, which gives us a solid look at the company's 2022 catalog and the standard features that will be distributed across it.

Most new VW models feature the brand's Digital Cockpit system, which is a digital gauge cluster that can display maps, audio and entertainment features, and more. The Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf GTI, and Golf R all come with the feature.


2022 Golf R VW's Digital Cockpit is not standard on several models.Volkswagen


VW's IQ.DRIVE system is also widely standard in the automaker's catalog. The technology includes a hands-on semi-automated driving function with lane centering and capacitive feedback on the steering wheel. Volkswagen says that in town, the system can help alert drivers to upcoming obstacles or to sudden changes in traffic activity ahead. IQ.DRIVE uses front and rear radar, a front camera, and several ultrasound sensors.

Several advanced driver assist features are also included in the IQ.DRIVE system. They include forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, active blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keep assist, and a semi-automated vehicle assistance system.


2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The Tiguan gets updated styling for the new model year.Volkswagen


Beyond tech updates for the new model year, Volkswagen has made changes to several other models' styling and powertrains. The Jetta, Jetta GLI, and Tiguan received fresh styling for the new model year, while the Arteon sedan now comes with a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.


2022 Volkswagen Taos The Taos is brand-new for 2022.Volkswagen


Finally, a new vehicle hits the VW lineup for 2022. The Taos is a compact SUV with styling similar to that of the Atlas SUV. It also gets the Digital Cockpit system as standard kit, as well as a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and optional all-wheel drive. The Taos starts at around $23,000 before destination.

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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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