Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection recalls the unsung hero

Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection recalls the unsung hero

KUALA LUMPUR: Rolls-Royce holds a number of world speed records on both land and water for more than a century. Commemorating a few such records set by British engineer Captain George Eyston, the luxury carmaker introduces the limited-edition Landspeed Collection. It is limited to just 60 units, including 25 special versions of the Dawn and 35 of the Wraith.

Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection

Talking about the Captain George Eyston records, he made 24-hour and 48-hour endurance speed records in 1935. Later in 1937, he set a land speed record of 312 mph. And, nearly after a year, he did it again, this time hitting a top speed of 357.5 mph. 

Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection front

Coming back to the Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection, both cars are decked up with a special two-tone exterior finishing with a combination of the brand’s Black Diamond Metallic paint and a new bespoke colour Bonneville Blue. This special finish transits from light blue to silver under the conditions of bright sunlight. Complementing the unique paintwork are bright two-tone yellow accents and black bumper inserts.

Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection rear

“With this Collection, we have revived Eyston’s memory and retold his remarkable story. Throughout Wraith and Dawn Landspeed, clients will find numerous subtle design elements and narrative details that recall and commemorate his amazing achievements, grand vision, and exceptional courage,” says Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

Inside, the special Rolls Royce collection gets perforated dark detailings on the steering wheel and the driver’s seat, wooden veneer on the dash and console lids, and an interior clock with black and yellow details in contrast with exterior accents.

Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection interior

The Wraith LandSpeed also gets a Starlight Headliner that mimics the night sky that Bonneville Salt Flats had on September 16, 1938, the day when Captain George Eyston made his third and last record with his Thunderbolt. The car was powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce R supercharged 37-litre, V-12 aero engines, each producing over 2,000 horsepower. On the contrary, the Dawn LandSpeed features the Silver Island mountain-like outlining between the rear seats.

Rolls Royce Landspeed Collection interior

 “We are delighted that with the Landspeed Collection, we can add another hitherto unsung hero to the illustrious roll call of pioneers associated with our great marque. With his vision, boldness, determination, and genius for innovation and invention, George Eyston embodies so much of what makes Rolls-Royce unique. These cars are a fitting and long-overdue tribute to a truly inspiring character,” added Müller-Ötvös.

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