This Bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith Honors The Aviator’s Unbreakable Spirit

May 23, 2019

Category: Rides

It’s no surprise to hear that many of today’s most prolific automotive manufacturers have lent their technologies to other mediums, especially that of aviation. In the early 1900s, the first non-stop transatlantic flight was completed by British pilots John Alcock and Arthur Brown, marking the first time an aircraft would complete the trek from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland — and now, Rolls-Royce is paying homage to the aviators’ brave endeavor with the prestigious Wraith Eagle VIII.

The completion of 1919’s transatlantic flight, in and of itself, was a historic event made even more intriguing by a slew of dastardly challenges — in fact, following the instantaneous failure of the crew’s radio and navigation systems shortly after takeoff, both Alcock and Brown were forced to put their survival skills to the test almost immediately. As a result, the flight was completed using extensive knowledge of constellations and star patterns. Among the aircraft’s systems, the inclusion of two famed 20.3-liter, 350-horsepower Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines was the most substantial, acting as the only component on the entire platform that worked without fault. A century later, the company has decided to pay its respects to the WWI Vickers Vimy bomber (and crew) with the aptly named Wraith Eagle VIII, a luxurious vehicle that boasts a handful of bespoke features, including a two-tone Gunmetal/Selby Grey exterior and black grille, referencing the cowling used on the original aircraft. The Wraith’s black leather interior is outfitted with embroidered ‘RR’ monograms and Smoked Eucalyptus wood, illustrating images of Earth as seen from above, while a substantial quote from Sir Winston Churchill demarcates the mission’s notoriety following its completion. To round things out, a unique starlight headliner containing 1,183 starlight fibers mimics the celestial arrangement at the time of the flight in 1919. Only 50 examples of the vehicle are intended for sale, with the first to make its debut at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May.

Learn More: Here

More From Rides

Project Black's TR1 Is A Reusable Ultra-Breathable Tactical Respirator

Eyewear, headgear, & facial hair compatible with a trio of included filters.

Posted By Sean Tirman

Partner

Crankbrothers Built The Ultimate 19-in-1 Bike Multi-Tool

A complete pocket toolbox for hitting the open road on 2 wheels.

Posted By Sean Tirman

Partner
Featured Image

JRM’s Yamaha Street Scrambler Moto Was Built To Tear Up Bali’s Untamed Roads

A bored-out, late-model, utilitarian commuter with a minimalist attitude.

Posted By

Jun 5, 2020

Featured Image

Radical’s Hyperlight SR3 Track Car Gets A Dramatic Revision With The 226HP ‘XX’

The speedy, high-tech go-kart of your dreams.

Posted By

Jun 5, 2020

Featured Image

Toyota’s AWD Hilux Invincible-X Is An Ambitious Off-Road Adventure Pickup

Outfitted with an all-new, 201-horsepower, 2.8L diesel engine.

Posted By

Jun 4, 2020

Featured Image

Auction Block: 1969 Triumph GT6

A rebuilt and restored LHD Michelotti-designed sport coupe.

Posted By

Jun 4, 2020