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 (52degrees 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 IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Brembo is the exclusive brake provider for Gran Turismo 7.

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Gran Turismo 7Players have several customization options to choose from. Brembo

Brembo is on board with the game as the exclusive braking systems brand. The company offers in-game upgrades that include carbon ceramic discs and more. Players can choose from over 400 cars from more than 50 manufacturers, and Brembo brakes are available in the Tuning Shop.

Classic car insurer and automotive powerhouse Hagerty is also getting on the action. A "Legend Car Dealer" feature in the game allows players to choose from more than 70 classic and enthusiast vehicles, and company CEO McKeel Hagertymakes an appearance as an avatar. Just like normal cars in the game, Hagerty's cars can be purchased using in-game credits, and the prices for each car are set using Hagerty's Valuation Tool. Costs will change throughout the year based on market conditions. If you're a member of Hagerty Drivers Club, you'll have the option to select a special livery or your car.

Gran Turismo 7Hagerty offers a group of special cars for the game. Hagerty

If you're looking to get behind the wheel, Gran Turismo 7 is on sale now, and is garnering impressive reviews. It's one of the most accessible Gran Turismo games of all time, from the ease-in races offered during the download process to the myriad of options and upgrades for each car, there's an aspect of the game that any enthusiast can get behind. You can purchase and download the game through the Playstation store, or you can head to your local retailer to pick up a physical copy.

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