Rolls-Royce Spent 10,000 Hours Creating The New Ghost's Latest Feature

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If you love the brand's Starlight Headliner, you'll love this.

Rolls-Royce doesn't release a new model every day, so the luxury brand has been enjoying building anticipation for the unveiling of the new Ghost. We already know that the Ghost will come with all-wheel drive and that it will be quiet enough to make a professional chess tournament seem raucous. But as with every other Rolls, the beauty of its vehicles often lies in the details.

One such detail is the new illuminated fascia of the Ghost, a stunning piece of design that took two years and over 10,000 collective hours to perfect. Illumination is now as much a part of a functional vehicle interior as the placement of controls, but the Ghost takes this to new heights.

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Positioned ahead of the front-seat passenger, the Ghost name is lit up and surrounded by over 850 stars, emitting a soft glow into the cabin. When the car is off, the constellation disappears completely. The innovation follows the brand's famous Starlight Headliner.

Rolls-Royce went the extra mile to create the perfect glow, with 152 LEDs above and beneath the fascia being carefully color-matched to the lighting of the car's clock and the instrument cluster illumination. A twinkling effect and the ideal dispersion of light is made possible by the use of a two-millimeter-thick light guide with 90,000 laser-etched dots.

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"Illuminated Fascia is perfectly in tune with the Post Opulent design direction we pursued with the new Ghost," said Lead Bespoke Designer Michael Bryden. "This hidden-until-lit feature hides the complexity required to create a sense of effortless luxury with a simple decorative statement."

A final detail is the layer of dark tinted lacquer that conceals the lettering when the illuminated feature isn't being used. Like the Phantom with its customizable, fascia-mounted gallery that can display artwork of the customer's choosing, the new Ghost's illuminated fascia is a piece of design that sets every Rolls apart from the mainstream.

We'll get a closer look at the Ghost's cabin when the car is revealed next Tuesday, September 1.

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