There are many impressive things about the new Wraith. There’s the optional Starlight Headliner, which threads more than a thousand fiber optic cables into the ceiling to create the illusion of a starry night in the cabin.
There’s the Satellite-Aided Transmission, which uses global positioning satellites to compare the terrain in front of you with the available gears in your gearbox; the car then selects the gear most appropriate. So whether you’re about to climb a hill, embark on the highway, tour the waterfront or pop over to town, you’ll always be in the correct gear.
One of the most impressive things about the Wraith is the number of craftspeople involved to produce one. As Rolls-Royce demonstrates in their “60 Pairs of Hands” video, the way to create perfection is to employ perfectionists. See how the bezels are created on the interior dash, how the coachline is applied to the exterior sidewall, or how pieces of wood are selected and aligned to create a seamless face.
All told Rolls-Royce says that it takes 60 pairs of hands, “more than 450 hours to design, construct and craft each Rolls-Royce before it’s handed to its owner.” These are the hands of artisans—committed professionals who have spent untold hours studying often a simple motion.
It could be the work of a computer engineer applying changes to computer-aided drawing program via stylus. It could be a seamstress pulling leather together by stitches to create bound upholstery that a robot could never replicate. It could be the carpenter reducing the edge of a wood panel by just a modicum of difference that you or I could barely notice.
For Rolls-Royce the finishing touches are made throughout the entire period of the vehicle’s construction. Each interaction between artisan and car is thorough enough to have been the final applique. In this way, by the time it is delivered into your care, it’s perfect.
Of course, if you’d like to see the results of these efforts firsthand, we welcome you to visit us at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Raleigh. Please do.